From the old descriptions of the phases of the Moon (about 14th Century).
wax and wane (third-person singular simple present wax and wanes, present participle wax and waneing, simple past and past participle wax and waneed)
- To progress through phases.
- The manifestation of such philosophy seemed to wax and wane, being the most common one time, but virtually without followers at another, apparently disappearing.
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