1. noun /weɪn/
a) A gradual diminution in power, value, intensity etc.

In the morning, one might say, his face was of a fine florid hue, but after twelve oclock, meridian his dinner hour it blazed like a grate full of Christmas coals; and continued blazing but, as it were, with a gradual wane till six oclock, PM, or thereabouts; after which, I saw no more of the proprietor of the face, [...].

b) The lunar phase during which diminishes the sunlight-illuminated area of the moons surface visible from Earth.

His influence which was on the wane during the reign of Joseph II grew still less during the reign of Leopold II (1790-2).

2. verb /weɪn/
a) To progressively lose its splendor, value, ardor, power, intensity etc.; to decline.

I have sat before the dense coal fire and watched it all aglow, full of its tormented flaming life; and I have seen it wane at last, down, down, to dumbest dust.

b) Said of light that dims or diminishes in strength.

And in the cool twilight when the sea-winds wane

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