AskDefine | Define wane

Dictionary Definition

wane n : a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) [syn: ebb, ebbing]


1 grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned" [syn: decline, go down]
2 become smaller; "Interest in his novels waned" [ant: wax]
3 decrease in phase; "the moon is waning" [ant: wax]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. the waning moon; refers to that portion of the lunar revolution between full and new.
  2. Decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension.
  3. An inequality in a board.
  4. (scot slang) a child :also wain,waine


  1. To be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with wax, and especially applied to the illuminated part of the moon.
  2. To decline; to fail; to sink.
  3. To cause to decrease.



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