Hypertext Webster Gateway: "wan"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wan \Wan\, a. [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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wan \Wan\, v. i.
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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Win \Win\, v. t. [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}, a.]
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.

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.

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.

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

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 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}]
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}]
3: lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or
unhappiness; "a wan smile"
n : a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local
area network [syn: {wide area network}, {WAN}]
v : become pale and sickly

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