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 Meanings and Examples of WAN
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wan
 a.  having a pale or sickly color; unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress
Classic Sentence: (33 in 3 pages)
1  The earth was thus better lighted than the sky, which produces a particularly sinister effect, and the hill, whose contour was poor and mean, was outlined vague and wan against the gloomy horizon.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER I—THE EVENING OF A DAY OF WALKING
2  All this was dark, disagreeable, wan, melancholy, sepulchral; traversed according as the crevices lay in the roof or in the door, by cold rays or by icy winds.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER I—MASTER GORBEAU
3  A wan ray of the December sun penetrated the window of the attic and lay upon the ceiling in long threads of light and shade.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER II—A NEST FOR OWL AND A WARBLER
4  The dormer window of the garret, through which the light fell, was precisely opposite the door, and illuminated the figure with a wan light.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER IV—A ROSE IN MISERY
5  The twilight threw a wan light on his fine brow, and covered his eyes in shadows.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 5: CHAPTER VI—OLD PEOPLE ARE MADE TO GO OUT OPPORTUNELY
6  At the same time, Thenardier perceived in the direction of the Bastille a wan whiteness lighting up the edge of the sky in doleful wise.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER III—THE VICISSITUDES OF FLIGHT
7  The light of the air-hole died out ten or twelve paces from the point where Jean Valjean stood, and barely cast a wan pallor on a few metres of the damp walls of the sewer.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER I—THE SEWER AND ITS SURPRISES
8  The intermittent gleams from the air-holes only appeared at very long intervals, and were so wan that the full sunlight seemed like the light of the moon; all the rest was mist, miasma, opaqueness, blackness.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER IV—HE ALSO BEARS HIS CROSS
9  Marius' blood-stained face appeared under the wan light of the air-hole like the ashes at the bottom of a tomb.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER IV—HE ALSO BEARS HIS CROSS
10  The child was pale and wan, but her healthy arms and legs showed that she had suffered less than her companion.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER I. ON THE GREAT ALKALI PLAIN
11  Everything looked wan at that hour.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VI
12  He walked just before her in the narrow path, swinging the hurricane lamp low, revealing the wet grass, the black shiny tree-roots like snakes, wan flowers.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 10
13  Yet he could live alone, in the wan satisfaction of being alone, and raise pheasants to be shot ultimately by fat men after breakfast.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 10
14  I have told you that she had only recently recovered from an illness, and was looking so wretchedly pale and wan that I remonstrated with her for being at work.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VI. The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual
15  The sea stretched away to the south-west, to rise into a sharp bright horizon against the wan sky.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In XI
Example Sentence:
1  They sat in wan silver moonlight that ghosted through the windows.
2  His face was wan and his expression distracted, his eyes darting from face to face.