Wan definition

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Wide area network: a computer network of geographically distant computers, terminals, etc.
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A wan expression.

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The quality of being wan; wanness.
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Sickly pale; pallid.

A wan complexion.

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Short for wide area network. A communications network that uses such devices as telephone lines, satellite dishes, or radio waves to span a larger geographic area than can be covered by a LAN. The Internet is a WAN.
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The definition of wan is a very tired, sickly or pale appearance.

An example of wan is a person with a cold who looks tired and sick.

An example of wan is the light from the sun at the end of the day just before sunset.

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A network that covers a wide geographic area such as a state, province, region, or country.The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is a voice-oriented WAN.The Internet is a data-oriented public WAN.WANs can serve to interconnect LANs and MANs. See also LAN and MAN.
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Pale, sickly-looking.
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(obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of win.
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(no longer productive except in Scotland) Preceding nouns and adjectives with the sense ‘bad, un-’

Examples: wanhope, wanrest.

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(Wide Area Network) A long-distance communications network that covers a wide geographic area, such as a state or country. The telephone companies and cellular carriers deploy WANs to service large regional areas or the entire nation. Large enterprises have their own private WANs to link remote offices, or they use the Internet for connectivity. Of course, the Internet is the world's largest WAN.WANs, LANs and MANsA LAN (local area network) is contained within a building or complex. A MAN (metropolitan area network) generally covers a city or suburb. Following is a bandwidth comparison between major LAN and WAN technologies. See LAN, MAN and personal area network.
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Unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress.
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To become pale.
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A communications network that uses such devices as telephone lines, satellite dishes, or radio waves to span a larger geographic area than can be covered by a LAN.
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Faint or weak in a way suggestive of sickness or great weariness, sadness, etc.

A wan smile.

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Pale, dim, faint, etc.

A wan light.

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(now rare) To make or become sickly pale.
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Suggestive or indicative of weariness, illness, or unhappiness; melancholy.

A wan expression.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wan
Plural:
wans

Adjective

Base Form:
wan
Comparative:
wanner
Superlative:
wannest

Origin of wan

  • Middle English pale, gloomy from Old English wann gloomy, dark

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • w(ide) a(rea) n(etwork)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English wan-, from Old English wan- (prefix expressing privation or negation), from Proto-Germanic *wanaz (“lacking, missing, deficient”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)wAn-, *wān- (“empty”). Cognate with Dutch wan-, German Wahn-, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic van-, Gothic (wans, “lacking, deficient”). More at want.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, from Old English Æ¿ann (“dark, dusky"), from Proto-Germanic *wannaz (“dark, swart"), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wann, wonn (“dark").

    From Wiktionary

  • Inflected forms.

    From Wiktionary