from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To decrease gradually in size, amount, intensity, or degree; decline.
- intransitive v. To exhibit a decreasing illuminated area from full moon to new moon.
- intransitive v. To approach an end.
- n. The act or process of gradually declining or diminishing.
- n. A time or phase of gradual decrease.
- n. The period of the decrease of the moon's illuminated visible surface.
- n. A defective edge of a board caused by remaining bark or a beveled end.
- idiom on the wane In a period of decline or decrease: "The tide was near the turn and already the day was on the wane” ( James Joyce).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A gradual diminution in power, value, intensity etc.
- n. The lunar phase during which the sun seems to illuminate less of the moon as its sunlit area becomes less visible from Earth.
- n. The end of a period.
- n. A rounded corner caused by lack of wood, often showing bark.
- v. To progressively lose its splendor, value, ardor, power, intensity etc.; to decline.
- v. Said of light that dims or diminishes in strength.
- v. Said of the Moon as its through the phases of its monthly cycle during which its visible surface is progressively decrease.
- v. Said of a time period that comes to an end.
- v. To decrease physically in size, amount, numbers or surface.
- v. To cause to decrease.
- n. A child.
- n. A house or dwelling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with
wax, and especially applied to the illuminated part of the moon.
- intransitive v. To decline; to fail; to sink.
- transitive v. To cause to decrease.
- n. The decrease of the illuminated part of the moon to the eye of a spectator.
- n. Decline; failure; diminution; decrease; declension.
- n. An inequality in a board.
- n. The natural curvature of a log or of the edge of a board sawed from a log.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To decrease; be diminished: applied particularly to the periodical lessening of the illuminated part of the moon: opposed to wax.
- To decline; fail; sink; approach an end.
- To cause to decrease: lessen.
- n. Periodic decrease of the illuminated part of the moon; period of decreasing illumination.
- n. Decline; failure; declension.
- n. A beveled edge of a board or plank as sawn from an unsquared log, the bevel being caused by curvature of the log.
- Wanting; lack ing; deficient.
- n. Same as wone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become smaller
- v. grow smaller
- n. a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
- v. decrease in phase
Sweaty semi-naked yobs with southern cross tatts, flag capes and gang mentality: bigger prob, but hopefully on the wane from a couple of years ago.
Almost as unsettling as Paul Kennedy's thesis that American power is on the wane is his failure to point out that the Keynesian spending policies and socialist priorities of the "rather wonderful, charismatic and highly intelligent" fellow who just became President will almost certainly hasten any decline.
On the wane are the heavy borrowing and complex securities that financiers embraced in recent years.
Shvat Affective Disorder is on the wane, which is good.
And that the lobby can find a resurgence at a time when crime rates in the largest cities are spectacularly on the wane is another American paradox.
The latest data to suggest the recession may be on the wane was the April payrolls report, which showed fewer jobs were lost last month than in March.
Sad to kind of wane away as it did the last few years …
There is no evidence that E.D. Texas has, or ever will, "wane" without Congressional action.
Now, we are expecting a few hours from now those winds to kind of wane off a little bit but we are expecting them to be picking back up for tomorrow.
Even the Liberal Democrats, traditionally strong on the environment, have seen their lead on green issues "wane" at points during the year.