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, wann to lessen, Icel. vanr lacking, Goth. vans; cf. Gr. bereaved, Skr. na wanting, inferior. . Cf. Want lack, and Wanton.]


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. Addison.


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. Child.


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Wane, v. t.

To cause to decrease.


B. Jonson.


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Wane, n.


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. South.

Though the year be on the wane. Keble.


An inequality in a board.

[Prov. Eng.]



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Wane, n. (Forestry)

The natural curvature of a log or of the edge of a board sawed from a log.


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