Wane meaning

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Wane is defined as a period of decline in size or intensity.

An example of wane is the declining popularity and career of an old movie star.

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Wane means to decrease in power, size or intensity.

An example of to wane is for the visible face of the moon to appear to be gradually growing smaller over many nights, changing from a full round shape to a thin crescent shape.

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To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity.

Interest in the subject waned.

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To show a progressively smaller illuminated area, as the moon does in passing from full to new.
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To approach an end.

The day began to wane.

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The act or process of gradually declining or diminishing.
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A defective edge of a board caused by remaining bark or a beveled end.
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To diminish gradually in extent.
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To become less intense, bright, strong, etc.; grow dim or faint, as a light.
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To decline in power, importance, prosperity, influence, etc.
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To approach the end.

The day wanes.

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A gradual decrease in power, importance, intensity, etc., esp. after a gradual climb to a peak.
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A period of decline.
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A defective, slanting or bark-covered edge or corner of a board or plank cut from an unsquared log.
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A gradual diminution in power, value, intensity etc.
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The lunar phase during which the sun seems to illuminate less of the moon as its sunlit area becomes less visible from Earth.
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(literary) The end of a period.

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(woodworking) A rounded corner caused by lack of wood, often showing bark.
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(intransitive) To progressively lose its splendor, value, ardor, power, intensity etc.; to decline.
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(intransitive) Said of light that dims or diminishes in strength.
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(intransitive, astronomy) Said of the Moon as its through the phases of its monthly cycle during which its visible surface is progressively decrease.
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(intransitive) Said of a time period that comes to an end.
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(intransitive, archaic) To decrease physically in size, amount, numbers or surface.
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(Scotland, slang) A child.
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(chiefly Northern England and Scotland, obsolete) A house or dwelling.
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on the wane
  • In a period of decline or decrease:
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on the wane
  • waning, declining, decreasing, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of wane

  • Middle English wanen from Old English wanian euə- in Indo-European roots

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

  • The noun is derived from Old English wana (“defect, shortage"); the verb, from Old English wanian via Middle English wanien. Both ultimately trace to a Germanic root *wano-, compare also Dutch waan (“insanity") and German Wahn (“insanity") deprecated defect, Old Norse vanr (“lacking") (> Danish prefix van-, only found in compounds), Latin vanus, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐍃 (wans, “missing, lacking"), Albanian vonë (“late, futile, mentally retarded"), Armenian Õ¸Ö‚Õ¶Õ¡ÕµÕ¶ (unayn, “empty"), Old Saxon and Old High German wanon (“to decrease"), Modern Dutch weinig (“a few"), Modern German weniger (“less"), comparative of wenig (“few") ("-ig" being a derivatem suffix, "-er" the suffix of comparatives).

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  • Middle English wōne, wāne (“dwelling," "custom"), of unclear origins, compare wont.

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  • From Scots wean.

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