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wan

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wan \Wan\, obs. imp. of {Win}. Won. --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wan \Wan\, adjective [AS. wann, wonn, wan, won, dark, lurid, livid, perhaps originally, worn out by toil, from winnan to labor, strive. See {Win}.] Having a pale or sickly hue; languid of look; pale; pallid. "Sad to view, his visage pale and wan." --Spenser.

My color . . . [is] wan and of a leaden hue. --Chaucer.

Why so pale and wan, fond lover? --Suckling.

With the wan moon overhead. --Longfellow.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wan \Wan\, noun The quality of being wan; wanness. [R.]

Tinged with wan from lack of sleep. --Tennyson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wan \Wan\, verb (used without an object) To grow wan; to become pale or sickly in looks. "All his visage wanned." --Shak.

And ever he mutter'd and madden'd, and ever wann'd with despair. --Tennyson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Win \Win\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Won}, Obs. {Wan}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winning}.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel. vinna to labor, suffer, win, Dan. vinde to win, Sw. vinna, Goth. winnan to suffer, Skr. van to wish, get, gain, conquer. [root]138. Cf. {Venerate}, {Winsome}, {Wish}, {Wont}, adjective]

1. To gain by superiority in competition or contest; to obtain by victory over competitors or rivals; as, to win the prize in a gate; to win money; to win a battle, or to win a country. "This city for to win." --Chaucer. "Who thus shall Canaan win." --Milton.

Thy well-breathed horse Impels the flying car, and wins the course. --Dryden.

2. To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship.

Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me. --Sir P. Sidney.

She is a woman; therefore to be won. --Shak.

3. To gain over to one's side or party; to obtain the favor, friendship, or support of; to render friendly or approving; as, to win an enemy; to win a jury.

4. To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake. [Archaic]

Even in the porch he him did win. --Spenser.

And when the stony path began, By which the naked peak they wan, Up flew the snowy ptarmigan. --Sir W. Scott.

5. (Mining) To extract, as ore or coal. --Raymond.

Syn: To gain; get; procure; earn. See {Gain}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

wan

adjective

1: (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble; "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn" [syn: {pale}, {pallid}, {wan}, {sick}]

2: abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed" [syn: {pale}, {pallid}, {wan}]

3: lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness; "a wan smile"

noun

1: a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network [syn: {wide area network}, {WAN}]

verb

1: become pale and sickly

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