- 1(Of the moon) have a progressively smaller part of its visible surface illuminated, so that it appears to decrease in size.More example sentences
- Tory tried to see her reflection, but the moon was waning, the stars obscured by clouds.
- Tonight and for the next week or so while the moon is waning with the brightest appearance next Tuesday night.
- On the 30th, at 10: 31 P.M., the Moon wanes to last quarter for the second time in August.
- 1.1(Especially of a condition or feeling) decrease in vigor, power, or extent; become weaker: confidence in the dollar wanedMore example sentences
- Though my friend's interest waned and our friendship failed, my interest in the Craft only grew stronger.
- As a result, the Commonwealth's powers have waxed and the residual ones of the states have waned.
- Interest had waned over time although expectations were high that the site clean-up might re-awaken it.
on the wane
- Becoming weaker, less vigorous, or less extensive: the epidemic was on the waneMore example sentences
- Predictably, there are now encouraging signs that the epidemic is on the wane as sales slowly begin to pick up again.
- The boss of the district's own low cost airline today scorned suggestions the sector was on the wane after rival Ryanair announced a profit slump.
- Although exploration in the North Sea is on the wane, Wood does not believe Aberdeen will decline as an oil centre.
Old English wanian 'lessen', of Germanic origin; related to Latin vanus 'vain'.
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- It can be supplied in all thicknesses with the option of waney edged, square edged or prepared boards.
- But now that they are in a production mode, they can make commitments to purchase set amounts of waney lumber.
- The invention makes use of waney lumber to make composite edge-glued wood products.
mid 17th century: from wane1.