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Meaning of WAN

Pronunciation:  wân

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network
  2. [adj]  lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness; "a wan smile"
  3. [adj]  abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed"
  4. [adj]  (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble; "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn"
  5. [v]  become pale and sickly

WAN is a 3 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: colorless, colourless, pale, pallid, unanimated, weak, wide area network
 See Also: come down, computer network, sicken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wan\, obs. imp. of {Win}.
    Won. --Chaucer.
  2. \Wan\, a. [AS. wann, wonn, wan, won, dark, lurid, livid,
    perhaps originally, worn out by toil, from winnan to labor,
    strive. See {Win}.]
    Having a pale or sickly hue; languid of look; pale; pallid.
    ``Sad to view, his visage pale and wan.'' --Spenser.
          My color . . . [is] wan and of a leaden hue. --Chaucer.
          Why so pale and wan, fond lover?         --Suckling.
          With the wan moon overhead.              --Longfellow.
  3. \Wan\, n.
    The quality of being wan; wanness. [R.]
          Tinged with wan from lack of sleep.      --Tennyson.
  4. \Wan\, v. i.
    To grow wan; to become pale or sickly in looks. ``All his
    visage wanned.'' --Shak.
          And ever he mutter'd and madden'd, and ever wann'd with
          despair.                                 --Tennyson.
Computing Dictionary

wide area network