Wane

Definition of Wane

v. i.1.
[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.
v. t.1.To cause to decrease.
n.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.
4.(Forestry) The natural curvature of a log or of the edge of a board sawed from a log.

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