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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Faint \Faint\, verb (used without an object) [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}, noun

Hearing the honor intended her, she fainted away. --Guardian.

If I send them away fasting . . . they will faint by the way. --Mark viii. 8.

2. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. --Prov. xxiv. 10.

3. To decay; to disappear; to vanish.

Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye. --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Faint \Faint\ (f[=a]nt), adjective [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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Faint \Faint\, noun The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See {Fainting}, noun

The saint, Who propped the Virgin in her faint. --Sir W. Scott.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Faint \Faint\, verb (used with an object) To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. [Obs.]

It faints me to think what follows. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

faint

adjective

1: deficient in magnitude; 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"; "weak colors"; "a faint hissing sound"; "a faint aroma"; "a weak pulse" [syn: {faint}, {weak}]

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}, {faint}, {shadowy}, {vague}, {wispy}]

3: lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice" [syn: {faint}, {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: {faint}, {light}, {swooning}, {light-headed}, {lightheaded}]

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: {faint}, {fainthearted}, {timid}, {faint-hearted}]

noun

1: a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain [syn: {faint}, {swoon}, {syncope}, {deliquium}]

verb

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}]


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