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faint


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Faint  \Faint\  (f[=a]nt),  a.  [Compar.  {Fainter}  (-[~e]r);  superl. 
  {Faintest}.]  [OE.  feint,  faint,  false,  faint,  F.  feint,  p.  p. 
  of  feindre  to  feign,  suppose,  hesitate.  See  {Feign},  and  cf 
  {Feint}.] 
  1.  Lacking  strength;  weak;  languid;  inclined  to  swoon;  as 
  faint  with  fatigue,  hunger,  or  thirst. 
 
  2.  Wanting  in  courage,  spirit,  or  energy;  timorous;  cowardly; 
  dejected;  depressed;  as  ``Faint  heart  ne'er  won  fair 
  lady.''  --Old  Proverb. 
 
  3.  Lacking  distinctness;  hardly  perceptible;  striking  the 
  senses  feebly;  not  bright,  or  loud,  or  sharp,  or  forcible; 
  weak;  as  a  faint  color,  or  sound. 
 
  4.  Performed,  done  or  acted,  in  a  weak  or  feeble  manner;  not 
  exhibiting  vigor,  strength,  or  energy;  slight;  as  faint 
  efforts;  faint  resistance. 
 
  The  faint  prosecution  of  the  war.  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Faint  \Faint\,  v.  t. 
  To  cause  to  faint  or  become  dispirited;  to  depress;  to 
  weaken.  [Obs.] 
 
  It  faints  me  to  think  what  follows.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Faint  \Faint\,  n. 
  The  act  of  fainting,  or  the  state  of  one  who  has  fainted;  a 
  swoon.  [R.]  See  {Fainting},  n. 
 
  The  saint,  Who  propped  the  Virgin  in  her  faint.  --Sir 
  W.  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Faint  \Faint\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fainted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Fainting}.] 
  1.  To  become  weak  or  wanting  in  vigor;  to  grow  feeble;  to 
  lose  strength  and  color,  and  the  control  of  the  bodily  or 
  mental  functions;  to  swoon;  --  sometimes  with  away  See 
  {Fainting},  n. 
 
  Hearing  the  honor  intended  her  she  fainted  away 
  --Guardian. 
 
  If  I  send  them  away  fasting  .  .  .  they  will  faint  by 
  the  way  --Mark  viii. 
  8. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  faint 
  adj  1:  barely  perceptible;  lacking  clarity  or  brightness  or 
  loudness  etc  "a  faint  outline";  "the  wan  sun  cast 
  faint  shadows";  "the  faint  light  of  a  distant  candle"; 
  "faint  colors";  "a  faint  hissing  sound";  "a  faint 
  aroma" 
  2:  lacking  clarity  or  distinctness;  "a  dim  figure  in  the 
  distance";  "only  a  faint  recollection";  "shadowy  figures 
  in  the  gloom";  "saw  a  vague  outline  of  a  building  through 
  the  fog";  "a  few  wispy  memories  of  childhood"  [syn:  {dim}, 
  {shadowy},  {vague},  {wispy}] 
  3:  lacking  strength  or  vigor;  "damning  with  faint  praise"; 
  "faint  resistance";  "feeble  efforts";  "a  feeble  voice" 
  [syn:  {feeble}] 
  4:  weak  and  likely  to  lose  consciousness;  "suddenly  felt  faint 
  from  the  pain";  "was  sick  and  faint  from  hunger";  "felt 
  light  in  the  head";  "a  swooning  fit";  "light-headed  with 
  wine";  "light-headed  from  lack  of  sleep"  [syn:  {light},  {swooning}, 
  {light-headed}] 
  5:  indistinctly  understood  or  felt  or  perceived;  "a  faint  clue 
  to  the  origin  of  the  mystery";  "haven't  the  faintest  idea" 
  6:  lacking  conviction  or  boldness  or  courage;  "faint  heart 
  ne'er  won  fair  lady"  [syn:  {fainthearted},  {timid}] 
  n  :  a  spontaneous  loss  of  consciousness  caused  by  insufficient 
  blood  to  the  brain  [syn:  {swoon},  {syncope}] 
  v  :  pass  out  from  weakness,  physical  or  emotional  distress  due 
  to  a  loss  of  blood  supply  to  the  brain  [syn:  {conk},  {swoon}, 
  {pass  out}] 




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