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wane


wane  (wn)
intr.v. waned, wan·ing, wanes
1. To decrease gradually in size, amount, intensity, or degree; decline.
2. To exhibit a decreasing illuminated area from full moon to new moon.
3. To approach an end.
n.
1. The act or process of gradually declining or diminishing.
2.
a. A time or phase of gradual decrease.
b. The period of the decrease of the moons illuminated visible surface.
3. A defective edge of a board caused by remaining bark or a beveled end.
Idiom:
on the wane
In a period of decline or decrease: The tide was near the turn and already the day was on the wane (James Joyce).

[Middle English wanen, from Old English wanian; see eu- in Indo-European roots.]


wane  /wen/  n. [U] on the wane: lessening in size: The fishing industry is on the wane in this area, and soon will vanish.
v. [I] waned, waning, wanes to weaken, get smaller, (syn.) to diminish: Each month the moon waxes and wanes. wane

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