Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WANES

It is very small now, but it is always steady; it never flickers or wanes.

It wanes fairly quickly—and perhaps can never be fully revived.

It is only real success that wanes, it is only solid things that melt.

Every month as it wanes brings you nearer to something dreadful.

Away it flew, but every year it comes as winter wanes, the Bluebird of the spring.

As the moon waxes, the power of the current wanes, and vice versa.

And now this sea-child is in its dotage, and it too dwindles and wanes century by century.

By the time it wanes I shall be gone, and my departure will pain her but very slightly.'

But the night wanes apace; to-morrow we must rise with the lark.

The music softens, wanes, and the dreams seem to die away too.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wanian "make or become smaller gradually," from Proto-Germanic *wanojanan (cf. Old Saxon wanon, Old Norse vana, Old Frisian wania, Middle Dutch waenen, Old High German wanon "to wane, to grow less"), from *wano- "lacking," from PIE *we-no-, from root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out" (see vain). Related: Waned; waning; wanes.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.