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Meaning of WANE

Pronunciation:  weyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
  2. [v]  grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned"
  3. [v]  decrease in phase; "the moon is waning"
  4. [v]  become smaller; "Interest in his novels waned"

WANE is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: decline, ebb, ebbing, go down
 Antonyms: climb, full, mount, rise, wax
 See Also: decline, decrease, diminish, diminution, dip, drop, fall, lessen, wear on



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wane\, n. (Forestry)
    The natural curvature of a log or of the edge of a board
    sawed from a log.
  2. \Wane\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Waned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Waning}.] [OE. wanien, AS. wanian, wonian, from wan, won,
    deficient, wanting; akin to D. wan-, G. wahnsinn, insanity,
    OHG. wan, wana-, lacking, wan?n to lessen, Icel. vanr
    lacking, Goth. vans; cf. Gr. ? bereaved, Skr. ?na wanting,
    inferior. ????. Cf. {Want} lack, and {Wanton}.]
    1. To be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with {wax},
       and especially applied to the illuminated part of the
             Like the moon, aye wax ye and wane. Waning moons
             their settled periods keep.           --Addison.
    2. To decline; to fail; to sink.
             You saw but sorrow in its waning form. --Dryden.
             Land and trade ever will wax and wane together.
                                                   --Sir J.
  3. \Wane\, v. t.
    To cause to decrease. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
  4. \Wane\, n.
    1. The decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the
       eye of a spectator.
    2. Decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension.
             An age in which the church is in its wane. --South.
             Though the year be on the wane.       --Keble.
    3. An inequality in a board. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.