Wane v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waned p. pr. & vb. n. Waning.]
1. To be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with wax, and especially applied to the illuminated part of the moon.
Like the moon, aye wax ye and wane.
Waning moons their settled periods keep. --Addison.
2. To decline; to fail; to sink.
You saw but sorrow in its waning form. --Dryden.
Land and trade ever will wax and wane together. --Sir J. Child.
Wane, v. t. To cause to decrease. [Obs.]
1. The decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the eye of a spectator.
2. Decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension.
An age in which the church is in its wane. --South.
Though the year be on the wane. --Keble.
3. An inequality in a board. [Prov. Eng.]
4. Forestry The natural curvature of a log or of the edge of a board sawed from a log.
n : a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
[syn: ebb, ebbing]
v 1: grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned" [syn: decline,
2: become smaller; "Interest in his novels waned" [ant: wax]
3: decrease in phase; "the moon is waning" [ant: wax]