Definitions for waneweɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

waneweɪn(v.; n.)waned, wan•ing

  1. (v.i.)to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.:

    My joy is waning.

  2. to decline in power, importance, etc.:

    Colonialism began to wane after World War II.

  3. to draw to a close:

    Summer is waning.

  4. (of the moon) to decrease periodically in the extent of its illuminated portion after the full moon.

    Category: Astronomy

    Ref: Compare wax2 (def. 2) 2 2

  5. (n.)a gradual decrease or decline.

  6. the drawing to a close of life, an era, etc.

  7. the waning of the moon.

    Category: Astronomy

  8. a defect in lumber characterized by bark or insufficient wood at a corner or along an edge.

Idioms for wane:

  1. on the wane, decreasing; diminishing.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of wane:

bef. 900; OE wanian to lessen, c. OS wanon, OHG wanōn, wanēn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ebb, ebbing, wane(verb)

    a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

  2. decline, go down, wane(verb)

    grow smaller

    "Interest in the project waned"

  3. wane(verb)

    become smaller

    "Interest in his novels waned"

  4. wane(verb)

    decrease in phase

    "the moon is waning"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wane(verb)

    to be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with wax, and especially applied to the illuminated part of the moon

  2. Wane(verb)

    to decline; to fail; to sink

  3. Wane(verb)

    to cause to decrease

  4. Wane(noun)

    the decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the eye of a spectator

  5. Wane(noun)

    decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension

  6. Wane(noun)

    an inequality in a board

Anagrams of wane

  1. Anew

Translations for wane

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of the moon) to appear to become smaller as less of it is visible.

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