faint
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English faint, feint, from Anglo-French, from past participle of feindre, faindre to feign, lose heart — more at feign Date: 14th century 1. lacking courage and spirit ; cowardly <
faint of heart
>
2. weak, dizzy, and likely to faint 3. lacking strength or vigor ; performed, offered, or accomplished weakly or languidly <
faint praise
>
4. producing a sensation of faintness ; oppressive <
the faint atmosphere of a tropical port
>
5. a. hardly perceptible ; dim <
faint handwriting
>
b. vague 2a <
haven't the faintest idea
>
faintish adjectivefaintishness nounfaintly adverbfaintness noun II. intransitive verb Date: 14th century 1. archaic to lose courage or spirit 2. archaic to become weak 3. to lose consciousness because of a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain III. noun Date: 1792 the physiological action of fainting; also the resulting condition ; syncope 1

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  • Faint — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Faint» Sencillo de Linkin Park del álbum Meteora Publicación 1 de julio de 2003 Formato CD …   Wikipedia Español

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • faint — faint·ing·ly; faint·ly; faint·ness; faint; faint·heart·ed·ly; faint·heart·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • faint — [adj1] having little effect on senses aside, bated, bland, bleached, blurred, breathless, deadened, deep, delicate, dim, distant, dull, dusty, faded, faltering, far off, feeble, gentle, hazy, hoarse, hushed, ill defined, imperceptible, inaudible …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Faint — Faint: Faint  песня группы Linkin Park. The Faint  американская инди рок группа. Список зна …   Википедия

  • faint — faint, feint Both words come from the same Old French root feindre ‘to feign’. Faint is used as an adjective meaning ‘indistinct, pale’ or ‘feeling dizzy’, as a noun meaning ‘a loss of consciousness’, and as a verb meaning ‘to lose consciousness’ …   Modern English usage

  • faint — [fānt] adj. [ME feint < OFr, sluggish, orig. pp. of feindre: see FEIGN] 1. without strength; weak; feeble 2. without courage or hope; timid 3. done without strength, vigor, or enthusiasm; halfhearted 4. feeling weak and dizzy, as if about to… …   English World dictionary

  • Faint — may refer to: * Syncope (medicine), a medical term for fainting * Faint (song), a song by Linkin park * Feint, a maneuver designed to distract or mislead * Feint (song), a song by Epica …   Wikipedia

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