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Meaning of FAINT

Pronunciation:  feynt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
  2. [adj]  lacking conviction or boldness or courage; "faint heart ne'er won fair lady"
  3. [adj]  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"
  4. [adj]  indistinctly understood or felt or perceived; "a faint clue to the origin of the mystery"; "haven't the faintest idea"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [adj]  lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice"
  7. [adj]  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"
  8. [v]  pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

FAINT is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: conk, coward(a), cowardly, dim, fainthearted, fearful, feeble, ill, indistinct, light, lightheaded, light-headed, pass out, perceptible, shadowy, sick, swoon, swoon, swooning, syncope, timid, vague, weak, wispy
 See Also: black out, loss of consciousness, zonk out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Faint\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fainted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
             If I send them away fasting . . . they will faint by
             the way.                              --Mark viii.
    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.
    3. To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
             Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before
             the eye.                              --Pope.
  4. \Faint\, v. t.
    To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to
    weaken. [Obs.]
          It faints me to think what follows.      --Shak.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Brief loss of consciousness due to insufficient blood to the brain; syncope.
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