There are 2 definitions of wane in English:

wane1

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Pronunciation: /weɪn
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    disappear, decrease, diminish, dwindle

Phrases

on the wane

Becoming weaker or less extensive: the epidemic was on the wane
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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, moribund
informal on one's last legs
rare evanescing

Origin

Old English wanian 'lessen', of Germanic origin; related to Latin vanus 'vain'.

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There are 2 definitions of wane in English:

wane2

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Pronunciation: /weɪn
 
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noun

  • The amount by which a plank or log is bevelled or falls short of a squared shape: I cut the log into slabs without removing the outside wane

Derivatives

waney

adjective
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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.

Origin

mid 17th century: from wane1.

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