One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of the moon) have a progressively smaller part of its visible surface illuminated, so that it appears to decrease in size.
disappear, decrease, diminish, dwindleView synonyms
- ‘By the time the moon wanes and Ramadan begins, some of the young men we are searching for might be under a different night sky and under bombardment from American aircraft.’
- ‘Tory tried to see her reflection, but the moon was waning, the stars obscured by clouds.’
- ‘I knew Sarah would come in the same way I knew the moon would grow and wane in cycles.’
- ‘On the 30th, at 10: 31 P.M., the Moon wanes to last quarter for the second time in August.’
- ‘Tonight and for the next week or so while the moon is waning with the brightest appearance next Tuesday night.’
- 1.1 (especially of a condition or feeling) decrease in vigor, power, or extent; become weaker.‘confidence in the dollar waned’
decrease, decline, diminish, dwindle, shrink, contract, taper off, tail off, subside, slacken, droop, sink, ebb, dim, fade, fade away, grow faint, lessen, dissolve, peter out, wind down, fall off, attenuate, be on the way out, abate, fail, recede, slump, flag, atrophy, become weak, weaken, give in, give way, melt away, deteriorate, crumble, wither, disintegrate, degenerate, evaporate, collapse, go downhill, draw to a close, vanish, die outView synonyms
- ‘As a result, the Commonwealth's powers have waxed and the residual ones of the states have waned.’
- ‘Any pups in the pack would show interest in the collar, however this interest would wane to none after 7-10 days.’
- ‘The gush of oil enthusiasm waned and it was 20 years before any further real interest was shown in the Moturoa field.’
- ‘Interest had waned over time although expectations were high that the site clean-up might re-awaken it.’
- ‘He has rightly suggested Ascot, who would welcome the move as they hold a lingering suspicion that interest is waning in steeplechasing.’
- ‘Your Aries child will display a great deal of enthusiasm in his or her day to day life - but be warned that this enthusiasm can wane very quickly as the child moves on to the next interest.’
- ‘It's all very well to have a decent sex scene here and there, but when it's pretty much only that surrounded by an extremely meagre plot, I find my interest wanes rather quickly.’
- ‘Though my friend's interest waned and our friendship failed, my interest in the Craft only grew stronger.’
- ‘Then we heard that the water was opening for pike fishing, so the trout interest waned somewhat.’
- ‘I wonder if the present enthusiasm may wane over time for this recommendation.’
- ‘If, for any reason, dollar confidence wanes these holders could move to ‘hedge’ or liquidate holdings.’
- ‘Those who attack the veil often do so, not out of republican passion, but because that passion has waned.’
- ‘My joy waned as I was greeted by the bright faces of Trevor and Simon looking up at me from the front of the card.’
- ‘I know I am being harsh but I have watched two out of th the three hours thus far aired and my interest is already waning.’
- ‘Sympathy is waning all ready before a tenth of the bodies have been pulled out.’
- ‘All the lands were grey and still; and ever the shadows deepened before them, and hope waned in every heart.’
- ‘When his political aspirations waned, he thought the video would serve as social commentary.’
- ‘There was a point when I felt that my enthusiasm was waning, but the act of writing this diary reminds me of all the great things that are happening.’
- ‘Martin Lee thinks his party's public support remains firm, even as China fears wane.’
- ‘This is much like a futures contract, an exchange traded forward agreement, that starts off hot with growing open interest, but then interest wanes with the contract's eventual delisting.’
on the wane
Becoming weaker, less vigorous, or less extensive.‘the epidemic was on the wane’
declining, on the decline, decreasing, diminishing, dwindling, shrinking, contracting, tapering off, tailing off, subsiding, slackening, drooping, sinking, ebbing, dimming, fading away, growing faint, lessening, dissolving, petering out, winding down, falling off, attenuating, on the way out, abating, failing, receding, slumping, in a slump, in remission, flagging, atrophying, weakening, giving way, melting away, deteriorating, in a state of deterioration, crumbling, withering, disintegrating, degenerating, evaporating, collapsing, drawing to a close, vanishing, dying out, obsolescent, moribundView synonyms
- ‘On one particular bridge you'll find a couple small signs that serve as a public service announcement to those on the wane.’
- ‘Doctors say the mysterious outbreak is apparently on the wane and apparently confined to Seven Oaks Home for the Aged.’
- ‘Wait until after dinner, when rush hour has ended and ozone is on the wane.’
- ‘The boss of the district's own low cost airline today scorned suggestions the sector was on the wane after rival Ryanair announced a profit slump.’
- ‘Today this is on the wane but it still remains; it still flexes its muscles to India while it seems to ignore the begging-bowl in its other hand.’
- ‘With Colin Montgomerie's star seemingly on the wane, the European assault on the majors will again be headed by Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.’
- ‘These days the beard seems to be on the wane in the West, except of course among increasing numbers of fundamentalist young Muslims, mullahs and rabbis.’
- ‘The age-old convention of the church wedding is on the wane.’
- ‘Although exploration in the North Sea is on the wane, Wood does not believe Aberdeen will decline as an oil centre.’
- ‘Predictably, there are now encouraging signs that the epidemic is on the wane as sales slowly begin to pick up again.’
Old English wanian ‘lessen’, of Germanic origin; related to Latin vanus ‘vain’.
The amount by which a plank or log is beveled or falls short of a squared shape.
Mid 17th century: from wane.
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