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Wane appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • So I dare to meditate, gibe, wane, pop a troll or tap open a web I get at; I demote radios.
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Wane is sometimes a misspelling of when.

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Definition of the noun wane

What does wane mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wanes

  1. a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

Alternative definition of the noun wane


  1. A gradual diminution in power, value, intensity etc.
  2. The lunar phase during which diminishes the sunlight-illuminated area of the moon's surface visible from Earth.
  3. [literary] The end of a period.
  4. [context: woodworking] A rounded corner caused by lack of wood, often showing bark.
  5. [Scotland, slang] A child.
  6. [chiefly Northern England, and, Scotland, obsolete] A house or dwelling.

Definition of the verb wane

What does wane mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: waned | waning | wanes

  1. grow smaller
  2. become smaller
    • example: Interest in his novels waned
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: wax
    • more generic words: decrease / diminish / fall / lessen = decrease in size, extent, or range
  3. decrease in phase
    • example: The moon will soon wane
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: wax
    • more generic words: decrease / diminish / fall / lessen = decrease in size, extent, or range

Alternative definition of the verb wane


  1. [intransitive] To progressively lose its splendor, value, ardor, power, intensity etc.; to decline.
  2. [intransitive] Said of light that dims or diminishes in strength.
  3. [intransitive, astronomy] Said of the Moon as its through the phases of its monthly cycle during which its visible surface is progressively decrease.
  4. [intransitive] Said of a time period that comes to an end.
  5. [intransitive, archaic] To decrease physically in size, amount, numbers or surface.
  6. [transitive, obsolete] To cause to decrease.

Definition of the verb wane for high school students

    to decrease in size, dwindle
    • example: Don't be so afraid of his wrath because his influence with the president is already beginning to wane.

The verb wane is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Phrases with wane

  1. On the Wane
  2. Wax and Wane
  3. Syndexamine Wane
  4. Species Syndexamine Wane

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for wane

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Google previewThe New Astronomy Book (2014)

by Danny Faulkner

A few nights later, the moon is we call the phases after full moon the waning phases (wane is the opposite of wax). Some of the waning phases may appear late at night, but all of them are visible in the more than halflit, a phase that we call ...

Google previewTestSoup's Guide for the ASVAB

by Tabitha Akery, The Experts at TestSoup

Wane is the noun version of this word. The —ing is the suffix turning the noun into the verb. The opposite of this is waxing which means that it is growing bigger. Be aware that your choices will often contain the real definition and a definition ...

Google previewStalking the Black Swan (2010)

Research and Decision Making in a World of Extreme Volatility by Kenneth A. Posner

Another reason that debt holders become nervous as a company's fortunes wane is the possibility that the management may undertake ...

Google previewBuilding Construction Illustrated (2014)

by Francis D. K. Ching

Wane is the presence of bark or absence of wood at a corneroralong an edge ofa piece. • Warping is usually caused by uneven drying during the seasoning process or by a change in moisture content. • Cup is a curvature across the face ofa ...

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ... Abriged from the 4. Ed (1818)

A fow wane, a full stomach; a wanefow, a bellyful, S. Henrysone. Moes. G. wanba , A.S. Isl. warmb, venter, uterus. WEAM-111, s. The belly-ache. Montgomerie. WAMYT, GRETE WAMYT, GRETE WAME. 1. Big-bellied. Douglas. 2. Pregnant.

Google previewA General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (1832)

by John Burke

This family derives from a common ancestor with the noble houses of Vane, Marquesses of Cleveland, and Fane, Earls of Westmorland, namely, Howell AP WANE, esq. of Monmouthshire, from whom lineally descended Sir HENRY WANE, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Old English Language (1878)

by Francis Henry Stratmann

2, 96; wane Ivv. 1429; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1846)

In which the Words are Explained in Their Different Senses, Authorized by the Names of the Writers by Whom They are Used, Or the Titles of the Works in which They Occur, and Derived from Their Originals by John Jamieson

WANE, s. Defect; want. Gl. Complaynt. WANE, s. Manner; fashion. Barb.-Su.G. urana, Isl. rane, consuetudo, mos. WANE, s.

Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary, English, Technological, and Scientific (1871)

On the Basis of Webster's English Dictionary ... Also, a Supplement Containing an Extensive Collection of Words, Terms and Phrases in ... Literature, Science, and Art, Together with Numerous Obsolete, Obsolescent, and Scottish Words Not Included in Previous English Dictionaries by John Ogilvie

WANDER WANE order, Aurantiaceae. The fruit is about the size of a pigeon's egg, grows in Wampee (Cookia punctata). bunches, and is much esteemed in China and the Indian Archipelago. WAM'PUM, n. Shells or strings of shells, used by ...

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Wane Meaning

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Quotes about wane

O Lady Moon, your horns point toward the east:
Shine, be increased;
O Lady Moon, your horns point toward the west:
Wane, be at rest. (Christina Georgina Rossetti)
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Scrabble value of W4A1N1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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