Faint

Definition of Faint

Pronunciation: fānt
a.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."
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.
n.1.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.
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Fainted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fainting.]
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.
v. t.1.To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken.
It faints me to think what follows.
- Shak.

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