General English

General Science

  • verb to appear to grow smaller as less of the illuminated face is visible.


  • A defective edge of a board due to remaining bark or a beveled end. A wane is usually caused by sawing too near the surface of the log.

Origin & History of “wane”

Wane and Norwegian vana ‘spoil, waste’ are the only survivors of a family of Germanic verbs that goes back to a prehistoric *wanōjan. this was derived from the base *wan- ‘lacking’, which also produced English want. The related but now defunct English adjective wane ‘lacking’ is represented in the first syllable of wanton.