1. adjective /ˈweɪ.nɪŋ/
a) Becoming weaker or smaller.

his waning strength

b) Especially of the lunar phase as it shrinks when viewed from the Earth.

the waning moon

2. noun /ˈweɪ.nɪŋ/
a) The fact or act of becoming smaller.

the waning of the moon

b) The fact or act of becoming less or less intense.

the waning of her energy

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  • Waning — Wan ing, n. The act or process of waning, or decreasing. [1913 Webster] This earthly moon, the Church, hath fulls and wanings, and sometimes her eclipses. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waning — index attrition, decrease, old Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • waning — O.E. wanunge, wonunge, from wanian (see WANE (Cf. wane)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Waning — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waning — I noun a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent (Freq. 1) the waning of his enthusiasm was obvious the waxing and waning of the moon • Ant: ↑waxing • Derivationally related forms: ↑wane …   Useful english dictionary

  • waning — un·waning; waning; …   English syllables

  • waning — adj. Waning is used with these nouns: ↑moon …   Collocations dictionary

  • waning gibbous — adjective More than half full in phase, but growing smaller. See Also: gibbous, wane, waning crescent …   Wiktionary

  • waning — Synonyms and related words: aging, at rest, calm, cloistered, coming apart, contractive, cool, cracking, crumbling, decadent, declining, decreasing, decrescendo, decrescent, degenerate, deliquescent, deteriorating, diminishing, diminuendo,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • waning — adj. diminishing (moon); declining; ebbing, subsiding, dwindling; approaching the end (of life, a period, etc.) weɪn n. decreasing in brightness (of the moon); descent, lessening; approaching of the end (of a period of life, etc.) v. diminish;… …   English contemporary dictionary

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