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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 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 ?
Partly from its peculiar colour, partly from a superstition which represented it as feeling the influence of the deity whom it adorned, and growing and lessening in lustre with the waxing and waning of the moon, it first gained the name by which it continues to be known in India to this day--the name of THE MOONSTONE.
Higher and higher rose the plane, swinging in a wide circle above the forest, river, and meadowland and presently, much to his surprise, Usanga discovered that his terror was rapidly waning, so that it was not long before there was forced upon him a consciousness of utter security, and then it was that he began to take notice of the manner in which the white man guided and manipulated the plane.
Virginia Maxon's strong hope of succor had been gradually waning as no sign of the rescue party appeared as the day wore on.
All these passions constantly waning or growing more ardent, did not prevent her from keeping up the most extended and complicated relations with the court and fashionable society.
There are short days and long; the moon has its periods of waning and waxing.