Adjective "waning" definition and examples

(Waning may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/weɪn/

Definitions and examples

verb

(of the moon) have a progressively smaller part of its visible surface illuminated, so that it appears to decrease in size.
  1. 'By the time the moon wanes and Ramadan begins, some of the young men we are searching for might be under a different night sky and under bombardment from American aircraft.'
  2. 'Tonight and for the next week or so while the moon is waning with the brightest appearance next Tuesday night.'
(of a state or feeling) decrease in vigour or extent; become weaker.
  1. 'There was a point when I felt that my enthusiasm was waning, but the act of writing this diary reminds me of all the great things that are happening.'
  2. 'I wonder if the present enthusiasm may wane over time for this recommendation.'
  3. 'Then we heard that the water was opening for pike fishing, so the trout interest waned somewhat.'
  4. 'Any pups in the pack would show interest in the collar, however this interest would wane to none after 7-10 days.'
  5. 'Though my friend's interest waned and our friendship failed, my interest in the Craft only grew stronger.'
  6. 'Martin Lee thinks his party's public support remains firm, even as China fears wane.'
  7. 'As a result, the Commonwealth's powers have waxed and the residual ones of the states have waned.'
  8. 'The gush of oil enthusiasm waned and it was 20 years before any further real interest was shown in the Moturoa field.'
  9. 'All the lands were grey and still; and ever the shadows deepened before them, and hope waned in every heart.'
  10. 'Your Aries child will display a great deal of enthusiasm in his or her day to day life - but be warned that this enthusiasm can wane very quickly as the child moves on to the next interest.'

noun

The amount by which a plank or log is bevelled or falls short of a squared shape.

    More definitions

    1. to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.

    2. to decline in power, importance, prosperity, etc.: Colonialism began to wane after World War II.

    3. to draw to a close; approach an end: Summer is waning.

    4. (of the moon) to decrease periodically in the extent of its illuminated portion after the full moon.Compare wax2 (def 2). noun

    5. a gradual decrease or decl

    More examples(as adjective)

    "supports can be waning in/at/on months."

    "demands can be waning since autumns."

    "surges can be waning with loans."

    "pressures can be waning as to datas."

    "momentums can be waning in couples."

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    Origin

    (wane)Mid 17th century: from wane.

    Phrase

    on the wane