wane

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wane grow smaller "Interest in the project waned"
    • v wane decrease in phase "the moon is waning"
    • v wane become smaller "Interest in his novels waned"
    • n wane a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wane An inequality in a board.
    • Wane Decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension. "An age in which the church is in its wane .""Though the year be on the wane ."
    • Wane The decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the eye of a spectator.
    • Wane (Forestry) The natural curvature of a log or of the edge of a board sawed from a log.
    • Wane 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."
    • v. t Wane To cause to decrease.
    • Wane To decline; to fail; to sink. "You saw but sorrow in its waning form.""Land and trade ever will wax and wane together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wane To decrease; be diminished: applied particularly to the periodical lessening of the illuminated part of the moon: opposed to wax.
    • wane To decline; fail; sink; approach an end.
    • wane To cause to decrease: lessen.
    • n wane Periodic decrease of the illuminated part of the moon; period of decreasing illumination.
    • n wane Decline; failure; declension.
    • n wane A beveled edge of a board or plank as sawn from an unsquared log, the bevel being caused by curvature of the log.
    • wane Wanting; lack ing; deficient.
    • n wane Same as wone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wane wān to decrease, esp. of the moon—opp. to Wax: to decline, to fail
    • n Wane decline: decrease
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Quotations

  • Claire Danes
    Claire Danes
    “I'm totally going through a rebel period right now. It's sort of waning, but ... ach, I'm allowed, right? It's OK, right?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wanien, AS. wanian, wonian, from wan, won, deficient, wanting; akin to D. wan-, G. wahn,sinn, insanity, OHG. wan, wana-, lacking, wann, to lessen, Icel. vanr, lacking, Goth. vans,; cf. Gr. bereaved, Skr. na, wanting, inferior. . Cf. Want lack, and Wanton

Usage

In literature:

With the years her mother's morbidity waxed, her father's restraint waned.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
When Caroline and Bertram again found them, the daylight had almost waned away.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
But we have wandered while the light waned, and now return.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
The delusion was on the wane.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
The week is made to wax and wane, culminating on the Sunday, {208} which comes in the middle.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
Every month as it wanes brings you nearer to something dreadful.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
She could not be blind to the fact that the king's love was fast waning.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
By the first of August the bird-lover's year is already on the wane.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
The crescent wanes thinner and thinner as the satellite draws closer to the sun.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Perhaps even the memory of me is waning, is becoming dulled.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
So, in the waning daylight, she cantered over the scented grass without a thought of the danger which Wanaha had hinted to her.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Lazarus's love had waned and died.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
The afternoon had begun to wane before the horses had all made up their minds that fighting and plunging was of no avail.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Sometimes their vitality wanes slowly, until Malaria beckons in Consumption.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
But his strength waned so quickly that he was able to complete only one of the sermons.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
He was so near that in the waning light the smear of war-paint across his ugly face was visible.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
The afternoon was waning.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Well, I gin him fair waning.
"Little Wolf" by M. A. Cornelius
As a result of this, the glory of Salerno waned.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
Myths arise to account for eclipses, the waxing and waning of the moon, sunset, etc.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
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In poetry:

I have three sorrows in my breast
To drown my heart in tears,
My Betty, Jock, and little Roy,
To shade my waning years.
"The Six Sorrows" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Through her dark hair, spread before
See the western glory wane,
As in groves of dim Cytorus,
Or the bowers of Taprobane!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
"Many moons have waned, Wambala,
Mighty Mistress of the Streams,
Ere a youth in Waliwafta,
Saw and loved thee in his dreams."
"Wambala of the Streams." by R S Ward

The end we sought is not attained,
But wisdom has been won,
And thus a higher goal is gained.
That like the moon has sadly waned,
While this shines as the sun.
"The End We Sought" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Not alone, not alone,
Of these would I sing; the beauty we love, the Love that endures;
But the waning of days, the falling of leaves, and the power that cures;
O silence! O day!
Send thy children abroad,
Come winter, come May!
"To The Dwellers In Houses" by Annie Adams Fields
The highest hopes of the heart in saddest of sorrows grow,
The purest pleasures of joy arise in the wane of woe;
The gladdest smiles of the lips are seen in the hours of pain,
And proudest days of the free are spent by the broken chain.
"Compensation" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

A new survey shows Kansas elementary students are still learning cursive writing but interest in teaching the subject is waning.
"They're going to win the Super Bowl," I said to my wife in the waning moments of that game that I stayed up way too late to watch.
While the popularity of department-store dining rooms started to wane in the 1970s, Whitaker says we're seeing a rebirth.
Some of the waning power is a natural result of a changing world.
Asia stocks wane as US budget talks drag on.
Asia stocks wane as US budget talks drag on .
Waning economic recovery, surge in boomer retirements will drain Social Security fund by 2037.
We quickly took a few photos in the waning light and released the fish.
Whooping cough vaccine found to wane in effectiveness after age 6.
Stocks Fall Flat as Fed Enthusiasm Wanes.
Obama was the world's clear choice, even if enthusiasm has waned.
Even US officials do not expect the insurgency to wane by 2014.
The new year isn't brand new anymore, and resolutions are likely waning.
ABOARD THE ROMNEY PLANE — In the waning days of the 2012 campaign, there is a renewed energy to Mitt.
(Photo courtesy of WANE-TV October 24, 2012 ).
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In science:

After the planet passed the high density region at t ≈ 100 orbits, the large density blob saturates and wanes; the torque gradually returns back to a value close to zero.
Disk-Planet Interaction Simulations: (I) Baroclinic Generation of Vortensity and Non-Axisymmetric Rossby-Wave-Instability
Previous large density blob wanes, smaller density blobs survive at several locations.
Disk-Planet Interaction Simulations: (I) Baroclinic Generation of Vortensity and Non-Axisymmetric Rossby-Wave-Instability
Interest in a sequential fourth generation of chiral fermions has waxed and waned over the past decades with the changing status of constraints implied by various precision measurements in the flavour and the gauge sector.
Four Generations: SUSY and SUSY Breaking
With the start of the third millennium, and a growing knowledge and awareness of Antarctica, such perceptions are waning.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Our group has waxed and waned over the years, dictated by the vagaries of university funding, but with Jon Lawrence’s joining our program managed to wind its way forward, from the Pole to Dome C, then Dome A and now towards Dome F, with even Ridge A now in our sights.
Astronomy in Antarctica
All three origins increase RDOF but have different evolutions in the energy density as radiation domination wanes, and hence will have the expansion history and Neff differing as a function of time.
Limits on Dark Radiation, Early Dark Energy, and Relativistic Degrees of Freedom
Interest in this new theoretical concept then waned to eventually re-emerge in the 1990s.
The detection of Gravitational Waves
Then Landau levels continuously enter the low-energy theory as the magnetic field strength wanes.) This usually is only a problem for the effective-theory formulation if the states which enter in this way are not in their ground state when they do so, since then new physical excitations would arise at low energies.
Quantum Gravity in Everyday Life: General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory
In the waning months of 1938, as the clouds of war began to shroud Europe, Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann bombarded a sample of uranium with neutrons. Afterward, they analyzed the sample to determine what elements might have been produced.
Teaching About Nature's Nuclear Reactors
For these reasons, tapering may be the preferred recommendation in consulting or interdisciplinary situations, and may offer the best insurance for continued correct implementation once the statistician’s involvement in a pro ject wanes.
A powerful test based on tapering for use in functional data analysis
Roughly speaking such distributions allow to model all spherical data that are spread out uniformly around a central parameter θθθ with the concentration of the data waning as the angular distance from the north pole increases.
Efficient ANOVA for directional data
Finally, the evolutionary forces favoring CA-like machines were temporarily on the wane at the time when CAM-8 was completed, as multiprocessor funding dried up and fine-grained parallel computing companies folded.
Crystalline Computation
If one candidate is ahead in the tally throughout the entire day, viewership will wane since it is clear that she will win the election.
Counting interesting elections
Theorem with the bound (14) is that it would give a misleading impression that the genericity of entanglement wanes as s decreases, while in fact the opposite is true.
Entanglement thresholds for random induced states
Here, almost reflecting means that the wall contains a small hole waning in time.
Lorentz Process with shrinking holes in a wall
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