noun a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
swoon; deliquium; syncope.
verb pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
swoon; pass out; conk.
adjective satellite deficient in magnitude; 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
- weak colors
- a faint hissing sound
- a faint aroma
- a weak pulse
adjective satellite lacking clarity or distinctness
dim; shadowy; vague; wispy.
- 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
adjective satellite lacking strength or vigor
- damning with faint praise
- faint resistance
- feeble efforts
- a feeble voice
adjective satellite weak and likely to lose consciousness
light; swooning; light-headed; lightheaded.
- 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
adjective satellite indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
- a faint clue to the origin of the mystery
- haven't the faintest idea
adjective satellite lacking conviction or boldness or courage
fainthearted; faint-hearted; timid.
- faint heart ne'er won fair lady
, false, faint, F. feint
, p.p. of feindre
to feign, suppose, hesitate. See Faign
, and cf. Feint
comparative Fainter superlative Faintest
- Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
- Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady."
- Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
- 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.
- The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. R. See Fainting, n.
Who propped the Virgin in her faint.
Sir W. Scott.
Faint intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Fainted; present participle & verbal noun Fainting
- 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. 8.
- 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.
- To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye.
Faint transitive verb
- To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. Obs.
It faints me to think what follows.
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