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] v : become pale and sickly [also: wanning, wanned, wannest, wanner]
- Rhymes: -ɒn
- Pale, sickly-looking.
- Dim, faint.
- A wan light from a single bulb
- Bland, uninterested.
- A wan expression
- Finnish: kelmeä
- Finnish: vaisu
Usage notesEnglish transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.
- In the context of "West Central Scots|lang=sco": one.
Etymology 1From one.
Etymology 2From want.
- to want
- The number one.
- One. Used with units of measurement and in times: wan aua, wan klok. See also wanpela.
Wan may refer to:
- Wan is a Chinese abbreviation皖 for the province of Anhui in China.
- Wan is a common name for the people that originate from Kelantan, one of the states in Malaysia.
- Wan is the Kurdish name for the city of Van in Eastern Turkey.
- Wan means the number 'ten thousands' in Chinese.
- Wan is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a canine bark.
- In computer networking, WAN is an acronym for wide area network.
- In computer networking, WAN (actually WLAN) is a TLA for wireless area network
- World Association of Newspapers
- wan is a surname万 in Chinese
wan in German: Wan
wan in French: WAN
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