wan


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wan \Wan\, v. i.
   To grow wan; to become pale or sickly in looks. "All his
   visage wanned." --Shak.
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         And ever he mutter'd and madden'd, and ever wann'd with
         despair.                                 --Tennyson.
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Wan \Wan\, obs. imp. of Win.
   Won. --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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         My color . . . [is] wan and of a leaden hue. --Chaucer.
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         Why so pale and wan, fond lover?         --Suckling.
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         With the wan moon overhead.              --Longfellow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wan \Wan\, n.
   The quality of being wan; wanness. [R.]
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         Tinged with wan from lack of sleep.      --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   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.
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            Thy well-breathed horse
            Impels the flying car, and wins the course.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or
      obtain, as by solicitation or courtship.
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            Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me. --Sir P.
                                                  Sidney.
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            She is a woman; therefore to be won.  --Shak.
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   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.
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   4. To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake.
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            Even in the porch he him did win.     --Spenser.
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            And when the stony path began,
            By which the naked peak they wan,
            Up flew the snowy ptarmigan.          --Sir W.
                                                  Scott.
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   5. (Mining) To extract, as ore or coal. --Raymond.
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   Syn: To gain; get; procure; earn. See Gain.
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