v. decrease in size or strength; draw gradually to an end
When lit, does a wax candle wane?
Sentence in Classic:
Morning and noon had passed, and the day was on the wane, and still he rambled to and fro, and up and down, and round and round, and still lingered about the same spot.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
Now, with the subordinate phantoms, what wonder remained soon waned away; for in a whaler wonders soon wane.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
I hastily took a lump of camphor from my pocket, and prepared to light it as soon as the match should wane.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells Context
He gazed calmly before him at the waning sky, glad of the cool of the evening and of the faint yellow glow which hid the tiny flame kindling upon his cheek.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
Out of the black shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of the metal pipes.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
All these passions constantly waning or growing more ardent, did not prevent her from keeping up the most extended and complicated relations with the court and fashionable society.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Her dread of returning to a sleepless night was so great that she lingered on, hoping that excessive weariness would reinforce the waning power of the chloral.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context