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Definition of Faint

Faint

  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.
  5. The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See Fainting, n.
  6. 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.
  7. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  8. To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
  9. To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken.

Faint Quotations

All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one's mind. After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.
Nellie Bly

The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.
William Wordsworth

Photography used to be not for the faint of heart. Its rigors would weed out the not-so-committed pretty quickly. You had to crank the f-stop ring yourself!
Joe McNally

The bottom line is that finding orphan planets - small, faint, and located who-knows-where - is not for the faint of heart. The task is comparable to observing a match flame at the distance of Pluto. The WISE satellite, a hi-tech, space-based infrared telescope especially suited for such work, has found only a few.
Seth Shostak

The curiosity of children is insatiable. They'll grab a flashlight and aim it at the stars and think, 'This light will get there someday, won't it? When I'm dead, and my grandchildren are gone, and their grandchildren as well.' Whimsical thoughts, of course. Not a chance that light so faint will still be sparkling thousands of light-years from now.
Kim Young-ha
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Faint Translations

faint in Afrikaans is flou word, swak
faint in Danish is svag
faint in Dutch is zwak
faint in German is matt, Ohnmacht
faint in Italian is deliquio
faint in Norwegian is svak, besvime, matt
faint in Spanish is desmayarse, deliquio, desmayo
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