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English Dictionary: waning by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
waning
adj
  1. (of the Moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon decreases; "after full moon comes the waning moon"
    Antonym(s): waxing
n
  1. a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent; "the waning of his enthusiasm was obvious"; "the waxing and waning of the moon"
    Antonym(s): waxing
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Waning \Wan"ing\, n.
      The act or process of waning, or decreasing.
  
               This earthly moon, the Church, hath fulls and wanings,
               and sometimes her eclipses.                     --Bp. Hall.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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. vans; cf. Gr. [?] bereaved, Skr. [?]na
      wanting, inferior. [?][?][?][?]. Cf. {Want} lack, and
      {Wanton}.]
      1. To be diminished; to decrease; -- contrasted with {wax},
            and especially applied to the illuminated part of the
            moon.
  
                     Like the moon, aye wax ye and wane. Waning moons
                     their settled periods keep.               --Addison.
  
      2. To decline; to fail; to sink.
  
                     You saw but sorrow in its waning form. --Dryden.
  
                     Land and trade ever will wax and wane together.
                                                                              --Sir J.
                                                                              Child.
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