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wane

 (wān)
intr.v. waned, wan·ing, wanes
1. To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity: Interest in the subject waned.
2. To show a progressively smaller illuminated area, as the moon does in passing from full to new.
3. To approach an end: The day began to wane.
n.
1. The act or process of gradually declining or diminishing.
2.
a. A time or phase of gradual decrease.
b. The period of the decrease of the moon's illuminated visible surface.
3. A defective edge of a board caused by remaining bark or a beveled end.
Idiom:
on the wane
In a period of decline or decrease: "The tide was near the turn and already the day was on the wane" (James Joyce).

[Middle English wanen, from Old English wanian; see euə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

waning

(ˈweɪnɪŋ)
n
1. (Astronomy) (of the moon) the act of showing a gradually decreasing portion of illuminated surface, between full moon and new moon
2. the act of decreasing gradually in size, strength, power, etc
adj
3. (Astronomy) (of the moon) showing a gradually decreasing portion of illuminated surface, between full moon and new moon
4. decreasing gradually in size, strength, power, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waning - a gradual decrease in magnitude or extentwaning - a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent; "the waning of his enthusiasm was obvious"; "the waxing and waning of the moon"
decrease, lessening, drop-off - a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
waxing - a gradual increase in magnitude or extent; "the waxing of the moon"
Adj.1.waning - (of the Moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon decreaseswaning - (of the Moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon decreases; "after full moon comes the waning moon"
waxing - (of the moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon increases; "the waxing moon passes from new to full"
Translations

waning

[ˈweɪnɪŋ]
A. ADJ [moon] → menguante (fig) [popularity, power, enthusiasm, interest, support] → decreciente
B. N [of moon] → menguante f (fig) [of popularity, power] → disminución f, mengua f; [of enthusiasm, interest, support] → disminución f

waning

[ˈweɪnɪŋ] adj (moon) → calante (fig) (power, influence, strength) → in declino
References in classic literature ?
Then, as the afternoon shadows were waning, the party again took to the canoes and paddled on up the river.
Nor was the Doctor happier in his selection, when he told the old, ever new and curious story of the waning of a woman's love, seeking strange, new channels, only to return to its legitimate source after days of fierce unrest.
Carr accepted the hospitality of the old cabin again, it was understood that he had sacrificed the new house and its furniture to some of the more pressing debts of the mine, and the act went far to restore his waning popularity.
For, by this time, so spent was he by loss of blood, that he helplessly rolled away from the wreck he had made; lay panting on his side, impotently flapped with his stumped fin, then over and over slowly revolved like a waning world; turned up the white secrets of his belly; lay like a log, and died.
But the waning day had such an inviting influence that we did not remain housed many moments, but struck out and followed a roaring torrent of ice-water up to its far source in a sort of little grass-carpeted parlor, walled in all around by vast precipices and overlooked by clustering summits of ice.
Everything that was interesting in Rebecca, and every evidence of power, capability, or talent afterwards displayed by her, Miranda ascribed to the brick house training, and this gave her a feeling of honest pride, the pride of a master workman who has built success out of the most unpromising material; but never, to the very end, even when the waning of her bodily strength relaxed her iron grip and weakened her power of repression, never once did she show that pride or make a single demonstration of affection.
Changes on sky and earth and ocean told of the waning day; change was everywhere -- except close at her side.
The light in the guard-house, half derived from the waning oil-lamps of the night, and half from the overcast day, was in a correspondingly uncertain condition.
The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know.
The rest of the half-year is a jumble in my recollection of the daily strife and struggle of our lives; of the waning summer and the changing season; of the frosty mornings when we were rung out of bed, and the cold, cold smell of the dark nights when we were rung into bed again; of the evening schoolroom dimly lighted and indifferently warmed, and the morning schoolroom which was nothing but a great shivering-machine; of the alternation of boiled beef with roast beef, and boiled mutton with roast mutton; of clods of bread-and-butter, dog's-eared lesson-books, cracked slates, tear-blotted copy-books, canings, rulerings, hair-cuttings, rainy Sundays, suet-puddings, and a dirty atmosphere of ink, surrounding all.
While the moon is waning nightly, May the maiden bloom more brightly, May her freshness never fail