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  • adj. Becoming weaker or smaller.
  • adj. Especially of the lunar phase as it shrinks when viewed from the Earth.
  • n. The fact or act of becoming less or less intense.
  • n. The fact or act of becoming smaller.
  • v. Present participle of wane.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of waning, or decreasing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of the Moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon decreases
  • n. a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent


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From wane + -ing.


  • And when she is exactly opposite the sun, she shines with a full light, having arrived at the seventh sign; and even while she is there, having advanced but a very little further, she begins to diminish, which we call waning; and as she gets older, she resumes the same shapes that she had while increasing.

    The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus During the Reigns of the Emperors Constantius, Julian, Jovianus, Valentinian, and Valens

  • Manuel Zelaya, the deposed Honduran president, has complained about what he described as waning condemnation by the US of his removal from office, saying Washington's position on the coup was not clear.


  • The U.S. general said Iraq's political impasse and increasing levels of violence have resulted in waning confidence among Iraqis, who are now less willing to share information about insurgents.

    US General: Iraqi Political Vacuum Fuels Violence

  • The event began with individual qualifying in waning sunlight, with the top 16 men and women qualifying for the knockout stages, which concluded under the lights. - Fredriksson, Bjoergen win sprints

  • As economies in the rest of the world slow, demand for raw materials appears to be waning, which is taking pressure off commodity prices.

    Dollar's Rise Could Damp Inflation

  • Of postmodernism Jameson says ‘the end of the bourgeois ego, or monad, no doubt brings with it the end of the psychopathologies of that ego—what I have called the waning of affect’ Postmodernism, 15 But what would the world look like if, the bourgeois ego having been dissolved, its attendant psychopathologies somehow, spectrally, remained?


  • Yet the scene in the dining-room of the Abbey Grange was sufficiently strange to arrest his attention and to recall his waning interest.

    The Adventure of the Abbey Grange.

  • First, imports are waning, which is producing supply shortages and price increases.

  • Ten of my top 50 fish were caught on the new moon waning, which is twice the average.

  • BNP Paribas economist Azusa Kato said that the deceleration of the decline in core CPI was simply the result of a 'technical error', namely the waning base effect from surging petroleum product prices through August of last year.

    Matthew Yglesias


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