noun a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
verb grow smaller
decline; go down.
- Interest in the project waned
verb become smaller
- Interest in his novels waned
verb decrease in phase
Wane intransitive verb
, AS. wanian
, from wan
, deficient, wanting; akin to D. wan-
, G. wahn
sinn, insanity, OHG. wan
, lacking, wann
to lessen, Icel. vanr
lacking, Goth. vans
; cf. Gr. bereaved, Skr. na
wanting, inferior. . Cf. Want
lack, and Wanton
imperfect & past participle Waned ; present participle & verbal noun Waning
- To be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with wax, and especially applied to the illuminated part of the moon.
Like the moon, aye wax ye and wane.
Waning moons their settled periods keep.
- To decline; to fail; to sink.
You saw but sorrow in its waning form.
Land and trade ever will wax and wane together.
Sir J. Child.
Wane transitive verb
- To cause to decrease. Obs.
- The decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the eye of a spectator.
- Decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension.
An age in which the church is in its wane.
Though the year be on the wane.
- An inequality in a board. Prov. Eng.
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