Wane 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with {wax}, and especially applied to the illuminated part of the moon. [1913 Webster]

Like the moon, aye wax ye and wane. Waning moons their settled periods keep. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To decline; to fail; to sink. [1913 Webster]

You saw but sorrow in its waning form. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Land and trade ever will wax and wane together. --Sir J. Child. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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