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be on the wane

To be decreasing or lessening. Thank goodness this storm is finally on the wane—I can't tolerate another day of rain. The group's power in this region is on the wane, but that doesn't mean another faction won't step in.
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on the wane

Beginning to decrease or lessen; in a period of decline. Thank goodness this storm is finally on the wane—I can't tolerate another day of rain. Though on the wane in recent years, the director was once a juggernaut of the film industry.
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wax and wane

To alternatingly increase (wax) and decrease (wane). My fortune has waxed and waned over the years, but I live simply anyway, and it has never affected me much. Voter turnout waxes and wanes depending on which positions are up for election.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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wax and wane

undergo alternate increases and decreases.
2002 New York Times The level of security that people are psychologically able to accept changes as crisis situations wax and wane.
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be on the ˈwane

(written) be becoming smaller or less strong: Their political power is on the wane.
When the moon is on the wane it appears smaller in the sky.
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ˌwax and ˈwane

(literary) increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time: The government’s popularity has waxed and waned over the past year.
These two verbs describe the changing shape of the moon in the sky. When the moon waxes, more of it is visible, and when it wanes we see less of it.
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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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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.sub.z], [[rho].sub.12], and kd/D, as given in Table 3.
The model is considered to give a valid estimate of the effect of wane within the range of [DELTA][I.sub.z] and [[rho].sub.12], as given in Table 3.
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 = 103.8, P < 0.0001), a significant effect of origin (F = 72.3, P < 0.0001), and a significant effect of interaction between these (F = 11.7, P = 0.0005).
ANOVA of MOE showed a significant difference between round timber and squares with 1/3 wane (F = 17.8, P < 0.0001), a significant effect of origin (F = 91.2, P < 0.0001), and a significant effect of interaction between these (F = 4.7, P = 0.0305).
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.
The second curve illustrates the loss of moment capacity if it is calculated from the loss of section ([f.sub.m] x [W.sub.zw]) when [f.sub.m] is estimated from a cross section without wane and the assumptions of [[rho].sub.12] and kd/D are kept equal to the first curve.
The effect of wane on MOE described by Model 2 is stronger than the effect on bending strength described by Model 1.
The interpretation of the effect of wane on bending stiffness is not as straightforward as it is for bending strength, since it is not only dependent on the smallest cross section but on all cross sections in the area where the deformation was measured.