(Wang*hee") n. [Chin. wang yellow + he a root.] (Bot.) The Chinese name of one or two
species of bamboo, or jointed cane, of the genus Phyllostachys. The slender stems are much used for
walking sticks. [Written also whanghee.]
(Wang"o) n. A boomerang.
(Wan"hope`) n. [AS. wan, won, deficient, wanting + hopa hope: cf. D. wanhoop. . See
Wane, and Hope.] Want of hope; despair; also, faint or delusive hope; delusion. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.
"Wanhope and distress." Chaucer.
(Wan"horn`) n. [Corruption fr. Siamese wanhom.] (Bot.) An East Indian plant (Kæmpferia
Galanga) of the Ginger family. See Galanga.
(Wan"i*and) n. [See Wanion.] The wane of the moon. [Obs.] Halliwell.
(Wan"ing) n. The act or process of waning, or decreasing.
This earthly moon, the Church, hath fulls and wanings, and sometimes her eclipses.Bp. Hall.
(Wan"ion) n. [Probably for OE. waniand waning, p. pr. of wanien; hence, used of the waning
of the moon, supposed to be an unlucky time. See Wane.] A word of uncertain signification, used
only in the phrase with a wanion, apparently equivalent to with a vengeance, with a plague, or with
misfortune. [Obs.] B. Jonson. Latimer.
(Wan"kle) a. [AS. wancol.] Not to be depended on; weak; unstable. [Prov. Eng.] Grose.
(Wan"ly) adv. In a wan, or pale, manner.
(Wanned) a. Made wan, or pale.
(Wan"ness) n. The quality or state of being wan; a sallow, dead, pale color; paleness; pallor; as,
the wanness of the cheeks after a fever.
(Wan"nish), a. Somewhat wan; of a pale hue.
No sun, but a wannish glare,Tennyson.
In fold upon fold of hueless cloud.
(Want) n. [Originally an adj., from Icel. vant, neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. &radic139. See
Wane, v. i.]
1. The state of not having; the condition of being without anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed
or desired; deficiency; lack; as, a want of power or knowledge for any purpose; want of food and clothing.
And me, his parent, would full soon devourMilton.
For want of other prey.
From having wishes in consequence of our wants, we often feel wants in consequence of our wishes.Rambler.
Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy.Franklin.
2. Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.Swift.