Meaning of wane

wane

Pronunciation: (wān), [key]
— v., n. waned, wan•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
  2. to decline in power, importance, prosperity, etc.: Colonialism began to wane after World War II.
  3. to draw to a close; approach an end: Summer is waning.
  4. (of the moon) to decrease periodically in the extent of its illuminated portion after the full moon. Cf. (def. 2).
—n.
  1. a gradual decrease or decline in strength, intensity, power, etc.
  2. the drawing to a close of life, an era, a period, etc.
  3. the waning of the moon.
  4. a period of waning.
  5. a defect in a plank or board characterized by bark or insufficient wood at a corner or along an edge, due to the curvature of the log.
  6. decreasing; diminishing: The popularity of that song is on the wane.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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