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Wane \Wane\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waned; p. pr. & vb. n. Waning.] [OE. wanien, AS. wanian, wonian, from wan, won, deficient, wanting; akin to D. wan-, G. wahnsinn, insanity, OHG. wan, wana-, lacking, wan?n to lessen, Icel. vanr lacking, Goth. vans; cf. Gr. ? bereaved, Skr. ?na wanting, inferior. ????. Cf. Want lack, and Wanton.]

  1. 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.

  2. To decline; to fail; to sink.

    You saw but sorrow in its waning form.

    Land and trade ever will wax and wane together.
    --Sir J. Child.

  1. (context woodworking English) Having wane, i.e. rounded corners caused by lack of wood, often showing bark. v

  2. (en-past of: wane)