1. a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain;
[syn: faint, swoon, syncope, deliquium]
1. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain;
[syn: faint, conk, swoon, pass out]
1. deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc;
- Example: "a faint outline"
- Example: "the wan sun cast faint shadows"
- Example: "the faint light of a distant candle"
- Example: "weak colors"
- Example: "a faint hissing sound"
- Example: "a faint aroma"
- Example: "a weak pulse"
[syn: faint, weak]
2. lacking clarity or distinctness;
- Example: "a dim figure in the distance"
- Example: "only a faint recollection"
- Example: "shadowy figures in the gloom"
- Example: "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"
- Example: "a few wispy memories of childhood"
[syn: dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy]
3. lacking strength or vigor;
- Example: "damning with faint praise"
- Example: "faint resistance"
- Example: "feeble efforts"
- Example: "a feeble voice"
[syn: faint, feeble]
4. weak and likely to lose consciousness;
- Example: "suddenly felt faint from the pain"
- Example: "was sick and faint from hunger"
- Example: "felt light in the head"
- Example: "a swooning fit"
- Example: "light-headed with wine"
- Example: "light-headed from lack of sleep"
[syn: faint, light, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded]
5. indistinctly understood or felt or perceived;
- Example: "a faint clue to the origin of the mystery"
- Example: "haven't the faintest idea"
6. lacking conviction or boldness or courage;
- Example: "faint heart ne'er won fair lady"
[syn: faint, fainthearted, timid, faint-hearted]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] Hearing the honor intended her, she fainted away. --Guardian. [1913 Webster] If I send them away fasting . . . they will faint by the way. --Mark viii. 8. [1913 Webster] 2. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent. [1913 Webster] If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. --Prov. xxiv. 10. [1913 Webster] 3. To decay; to disappear; to vanish. [1913 Webster] Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye. --Pope. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] 2. Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster] 3. Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound. [1913 Webster] 4. Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance. [1913 Webster] The faint prosecution of the war. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Faint \Faint\, n. The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See Fainting, n. [1913 Webster] The saint, Who propped the Virgin in her faint. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Faint \Faint\, v. t. To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It faints me to think what follows. --Shak. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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