Fainting
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]


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  • Fainting — Faint ing, n. Syncope, or loss of consciousness owing to a sudden arrest of the blood supply to the brain, the face becoming pallid, the respiration feeble, and the heat s beat weak. [1913 Webster] {Fainting fit}, a fainting or swoon; syncope.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fainting — fainting; un·fainting; …   English syllables

  • fainting — noun Fainting is used before these nouns: ↑fit, ↑spell …   Collocations dictionary

  • fainting — noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English fainting, feinting, from gerund of fainten, feinten to faint : the act of one who faints: a. : a growing faint : depression b. : loss of consciousness resulting from arrest …   Useful english dictionary

  • fainting —       in physiology, loss of consciousness owing to a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain. See syncope. * * * …   Universalium

  • fainting — noun An act of collapsing to a state to temporary unconsciousness …   Wiktionary

  • fainting — n. see syncope …   Medical dictionary

  • fainting — n. swooning, passing out, losing consciousness feɪnt n. swoon, temporary loss of consciousness v. temporarily lose consciousness, swoon, black out, pass out adj. weak, feeble; limp; dim; faded; fainthearted, timid …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fainting — n.; see syncope …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Fainting fit — Fainting Faint ing, n. Syncope, or loss of consciousness owing to a sudden arrest of the blood supply to the brain, the face becoming pallid, the respiration feeble, and the heat s beat weak. [1913 Webster] {Fainting fit}, a fainting or swoon;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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