1(Of the moon) have a progressively smaller part of its visible surface illuminated, so that it appears to decrease in size.
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- 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.
disappear, decrease, diminish, dwindle
2(Of a state or feeling) decrease in vigour or extent; become weaker: confidence in the dollar waned
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- 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.
decrease, decline, diminish, dwindle, shrink, contract, taper off, tail off, subside, slacken, droop, sink, ebb, dim, fade (away), grow faint, lessen, dissolve, peter out, wind down, fall off, attenuate, be on the way out, abate, fail, recede, slump, flag, atrophy, become weak, weaken, give in, give way, melt away, deteriorate, crumble, wither, disintegrate, degenerate, evaporate, collapse, go downhill, draw to a close, vanish, die out
Old English wanian 'lessen', of Germanic origin; related to Latin vanus 'vain'.
on the wane
- Becoming weaker or less extensive: the epidemic was on the waneMore example sentences
declining, on the decline, decreasing, diminishing, dwindling, shrinking, contracting, tapering off, tailing off, subsiding, slackening, drooping, sinking, ebbing, dimming, fading away, growing faint, lessening, dissolving, petering out, winding down, falling off, attenuating, on the way out, abating, failing, receding, slumping, in a slump, in remission, flagging, atrophying, weakening, giving way, melting away, deteriorating, in a state of deterioration, crumbling, withering, disintegrating, degenerating, evaporating, collapsing, drawing to a close, vanishing, dying out, obsolescent, moribundinformal on one's last legsrare evanescing
- 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.
mid 17th century: from wane1.
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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.