Simple Definition of wane
of the moon : to appear to become thinner or less full
: to become smaller or less : to decrease in size, amount, length, or quality
Full Definition of wane
1 : to decrease in size, extent, or degree : dwindle: as a : to diminish in phase or intensity —used chiefly of the moon, other satellites, and inferior planets b : to become less brilliant or powerful : dim c : to flow out : ebb
2 : to fall gradually from power, prosperity, or influence
Examples of wane
The moon waxes and then wanes.
The scandal caused her popularity to wane.
Interest in this issue has continued to wane.
the waning days of summer
Origin of wane
Middle English, from Old English wanian; akin to Old High German wanōn to wane, Old English wan wanting, deficient, Latin vanus empty, vain
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of wane
Rhymes with wane
ain, Aisne, ane, Bain, bane, blain, brain, cane, chain, crane, deign, drain, fain, fane, feign, gain, grain, Kane, lane, Lane, main, mane, pain, Paine, pane, plain, plane, quean, rain, reign, rein, sain, sane, seine, Seine, skein, Spain, sprain, stain, strain, swain, thane, thegn, train, twain, Twain, vain, vane, vein, wain, Wayne
Definition of wane
1 a : the act or process of waning <strength on the wane> b : a period or time of waning; specifically : the period from the full moon to the new moon
2 [Middle English, defect, from Old English wana; akin to Old English wan deficient] : a defect in lumber characterized by bark or a lack of wood at a corner or edge
First Known Use of wane
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