Weak

Definition of Weak

Pronunciation: wēk
a.1.
1.Wanting physical strength.
2.Deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted.
A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.
- Shak.
Weak with hunger, mad with love.
- Dryden.
2.Not possessing or manifesting intellectual, logical, moral, or political strength, vigor, etc.
3.Not able to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain; as, a weak timber; a weak rope.
3.Feeble of mind; wanting discernment; lacking vigor; spiritless; as, a weak king or magistrate.
To think every thing disputable is a proof of a weak mind and captious temper.
- Beattie.
Origen was never weak enough to imagine that there were two Gods.
- Waterland.
3.(Gram.) Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) and past participle by adding to the present the suffix -ed, -d, or the variant form -t; as in the verbs abash, abashed; abate, abated; deny, denied; feel, felt. See Strong, 19 (a).
4.Not firmly united or adhesive; easily broken or separated into pieces; not compact; as, a weak ship.
4.Resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish.
If evil thence ensue,
She first his weak indulgence will accuse.
- Milton.
4.(Stock Exchange) Tending toward a lower price or lower prices; as, wheat is weak; a weak market.
5.Not stiff; pliant; frail; soft; as, the weak stalk of a plant.
5.Not having full confidence or conviction; not decided or confirmed; vacillating; wavering.
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
- Rom. xiv. 1.
5.(Card Playing) Lacking in good cards; deficient as to number or strength; as, a hand weak in trumps.
6.Not able to resist external force or onset; easily subdued or overcome; as, a weak barrier; as, a weak fortress.
6.Not able to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable; as, weak resolutions; weak virtue.
Guard thy heart
On this weak side, where most our nature fails.
- Addison.
6.(Photog.) Lacking contrast; as, a weak negative.
Weak conjugation
(Gram.) the conjugation of weak verbs; - called also new conjugation, or regular conjugation, and distinguished from the old conjugation, or irregular conjugation.
Weak declension
(Anglo-Saxon Gram.) the declension of weak nouns; also, one of the declensions of adjectives.
Weak side
the side or aspect of a person's character or disposition by which he is most easily affected or influenced; weakness; infirmity.
weak sore
(Med.) a sore covered with pale, flabby, sluggish granulations.
7.Lacking force of utterance or sound; not sonorous; low; small; feeble; faint.
A voice not soft, weak, piping, and womanish.
- Ascham.
7.Wanting in power to influence or bind; as, weak ties; a weak sense of honor of duty.
8.Not thoroughly or abundantly impregnated with the usual or required ingredients, or with stimulating and nourishing substances; of less than the usual strength; as, weak tea, broth, or liquor; a weak decoction or solution; a weak dose of medicine.
8.Not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained; as, a weak argument or case.
A case so weak . . . hath much persisted in.
- Hooker.
9.Lacking ability for an appropriate function or office; as, weak eyes; a weak stomach; a weak magistrate; a weak regiment, or army.
9.Wanting in point or vigor of expression; as, a weak sentence; a weak style.
10.Not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble.
11.Lacking in elements of political strength; not wielding or having authority or energy; deficient in the resources that are essential to a ruler or nation; as, a weak monarch; a weak government or state.
I must make fair weather yet awhile,
Till Henry be more weak, and I more strong.
- Shak.
12.(Stock Exchange) Tending towards lower prices; as, a weak market.
v. t. & i.1.To make or become weak; to weaken.
Never to seek weaking variety.
- Marston.

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