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wane
used in The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Butler)

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Definition
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
  • But when the year had passed in the waning of moons and the long days had come round, my men called me apart and said, 'Sir, it is time you began to think about going home, if so be you are to be spared to see your house and native country at all.'
    Book 10 (82% in)
  • I fooled them in this way for three years without their finding it out, but as time wore on and I was now in my fourth year, in the waning of moons, and many days had been accomplished, those good for nothing hussies my maids betrayed me to the suitors, who broke in upon me and caught me; they were very angry with me, so I was forced to finish my work whether I would or no. And now I do not see how I can find any further shift for getting out of this marriage.
    Book 19 (25% in)
  • She fooled us in this way for three years without our finding it out, but as time wore on and she was now in her fourth year, in the waning of moons and many days had been accomplished, one of her maids who knew what she was doing told us, and we caught her in the act of undoing her work, so she had to finish it whether she would or no; and when she showed us the robe she had made, after she had had it washed, (endnote 186) its splendour was as that of the sun or moon.
    Book 24 (26% in)

There are no more uses of "wane" in The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Butler).

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