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on the wane

becoming less; fading away. Her influence in on the wane, but she is still the boss.
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wax and wane

Fig. to increase and then decrease, as the phases of the moon. As the moon waxes and wanes, so does the height of the tide change. Voter sentiment about the tax proposal waxes and wanes with each passing day.
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wax and wane

to become stronger and then weaker Religious influence on politics has waxed and waned since the founding of this country.
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wax and wane

to grow bigger and stronger and then to become smaller or weaker again Their influence waxes and wanes depending on which party is in power.
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wax and wane

Increase and decrease, as in size, number, strength, or intensity, as in Enrollments in these programs wax and wane from year to year. This expression alludes to the phases of the moon, with its periodic changes in size. It was first recorded in the 1300s.
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on the wane

In a period of decline or decrease: "The tide was near the turn and already the day was on the wane" (James Joyce).
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The aim was to get squares with 2/3 sawn surfaces and 1/3 wane at the midpoint.
Squares were visually graded according to requirements for knots, grain angle, and annual ring width in INSTA 142 (Standards Norway 1997), both with and without taking wane into account (Table 4).
The beams were placed with the most wane facing downward toward the side that was subjected to tension stress during bending.
If significant, these models were used to correct bending strength and MOE to squares having 1/3 wane on each side before comparing with round timber.
Wane factors, density, bending strength, and MOE for each nominal dimension are presented in Table 5.
The model is considered to give a valid estimate of the effect of wane within the range of [DELTA][W.
Means and standard deviations of density, bending strength, and MOE of round timber and squares corrected to 1/3 wane are presented in Table 6.
ANOVA of bending strength showed a significant difference between round timber and squares with 1/3 wane (F = 103.
ANOVA of MOE showed a significant difference between round timber and squares with 1/3 wane (F = 17.
Model 1 shows that even if the effect of wane on bending strength is significant, it is of minor importance when compared with the effects of density and relative knot diameter.