wan

1 [won]
adjective, wanner, wannest.
1.
of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed.
2.
showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: a wan look; a wan smile.
3.
lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness: their wan attempts to organize the alumni.
4.
Archaic.
a.
dark or gloomy.
b.
pale in color or hue.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), wanned, wanning.
5.
to become or make wan.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy

wanly, adverb
wanness, noun


1. ashen. See pale1. 3. feeble, weak, half-hearted, lame.


1. ruddy.
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wan (wɒn)
 
adj , wanner, wannest
1.  unnaturally pale esp from sickness, grief, etc
2.  characteristic or suggestive of ill health, unhappiness, etc
3.  (of light, stars, etc) faint or dim
 
vb , wanner, wannest, wans, wanning, wanned
4.  to make or become wan
 
[Old English wann dark; related to wanian to wane]
 
'wanly
 
adv
 
'wanness
 
n

WAN
 
abbreviation for
1.  wide area network
2.  Nigeria (international car registration)
 
[From W(est) A(frica) N(igeria)]

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wan
O.E. wann "dark, lacking luster," later "leaden, pale, gray," of uncertain origin, and not found in other Gmc. languages. The connecting notion is colorlessness. Perhaps related to wane.
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WAN   (wān)  Pronunciation Key 
Short for wide area network.A communications network that uses such devices as telephone lines, satellite dishes, or radio waves to span a larger geographic area than can be covered by a LAN. The Internet is a WAN.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
WAN
  1. Nigeria (international vehicle ID)

  2. wide area network

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Example sentences
In the rear is the cabin, its misty windows glowing wanly with the light of a lamp inside.
Perhaps, she says wanly, your boss gives you extra energy through making you angry and whiny.
The blue van rocked slowly down toward the pond under the blistering sun, soybeans fluttering wanly in its wake.
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