(on the wane, to wane, and waning)
- a period of decline or reduction
- to describe a measurement of time
- to approach an end
- a defective edge of a board
- a reduction in power or influence
- a loss of illumination
- With his health on the wane, the coal worker had to take better care of himself.
- As the hour began to wane, the students hurried through their tests.
- The night was waning, and the dawn was quickly approaching.
- His influence over his employees was on the wane.
- The moon’s diminished glow proved that it was on the wane.
- The board could not be used for the deck due to the wane on the left edge.
- The battle raged until mid-morning when it was finally seen to be on the wane.
- The person’s bid for political influence was on the wane and could not be easily recovered.
As a noun and a verb, the word ‘wane’ is derived from old English, but it is said to trace back to a Germanic root, possibly even old Norse. The recognized version of it stems from ‘wana’ which is translated into defect or shortage. The word has been used as a noun and a verb in old English in several languages, including Dutch.