Definition and Meanings for wane

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Wane is ranked 22,910 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of wane

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of wane

oe. wanien, as. wanian, wonian, from wan, won, deficient, wanting; akin to d. wan-, g. wahnsinn, insanity, ohg. wan, wana-, lacking, wan to lessen, icel. vanr lacking, goth. vans; cf. gr. wanting, inferior. want lack, and wanton

Meaning of wane


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with wax, and especially applied to the illuminated part of the moon.
  • to decline; to fail; to sink.

as transitive verb

  • to cause to decrease.

as noun

  • the decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the eye of a spectator.
  • decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension.
  • an inequality in a board.
  • the natural curvature of a log or of the edge of a board sawed from a log.
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