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  • lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness
    • a wan smile
  • abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
    • the pallid face of the invalid
    • her wan face suddenly flushed
  • (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
  • a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network
  • become pale and sickly
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