Waning
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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  • Waning — Wan ing, n. The act or process of waning, or decreasing. [1913 Webster] This earthly moon, the Church, hath fulls and wanings, and sometimes her eclipses. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waning — index attrition, decrease, old Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • waning — O.E. wanunge, wonunge, from wanian (see WANE (Cf. wane)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • waning — 1. adjective /ˈweɪ.nɪŋ/ a) Becoming weaker or smaller. his waning strength b) Especially of the lunar phase as it shrinks when viewed from the Earth. the waning moon 2. noun /ˈweɪ.nɪŋ/ …   Wiktionary

  • waning — I noun a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent (Freq. 1) the waning of his enthusiasm was obvious the waxing and waning of the moon • Ant: ↑waxing • Derivationally related forms: ↑wane …   Useful english dictionary

  • waning — un·waning; waning; …   English syllables

  • waning — adj. Waning is used with these nouns: ↑moon …   Collocations dictionary

  • waning — Synonyms and related words: aging, at rest, calm, cloistered, coming apart, contractive, cool, cracking, crumbling, decadent, declining, decreasing, decrescendo, decrescent, degenerate, deliquescent, deteriorating, diminishing, diminuendo,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • waning — adj. diminishing (moon); declining; ebbing, subsiding, dwindling; approaching the end (of life, a period, etc.) weɪn n. decreasing in brightness (of the moon); descent, lessening; approaching of the end (of a period of life, etc.) v. diminish;… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • waning — awning …   Anagrams dictionary

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