faint

Definitions

  • Si Almost Fainted when the Colonel Stopped 215
    Si Almost Fainted when the Colonel Stopped 215
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj faint lacking conviction or boldness or courage "faint heart ne'er won fair lady"
    • adj faint 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"
    • adj faint indistinctly understood or felt or perceived "a faint clue to the origin of the mystery","haven't the faintest idea"
    • adj faint 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"
    • adj faint lacking strength or vigor "damning with faint praise","faint resistance","feeble efforts","a feeble voice"
    • adj faint 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"
    • v faint pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
    • n faint a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Faint Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
    • Faint Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
    • Faint 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."
    • n Faint 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 ."
    • Faint 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."
    • v. t Faint To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. "It faints me to think what follows."
    • Faint To decay; to disappear; to vanish. "Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye."
    • Faint 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."
    • Faint Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, “Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • faint Feigned; simulated.
    • faint Having or showing little force or earnestness; not forcible or vigorous; not active; wanting strength, energy, or heartiness: as, a faint resistance; a faint exertion.
    • faint Having little spirit or animation; dispirited; dejected; depressed.
    • faint Having little courage; cowardly; timorous.
    • faint Having an intense feeling of weakness or exhaustion; inclined to swoon: as, faint with hunger; faint and sore with travel.
    • faint Weak by reason of smallness or slenderness; small; slender.
    • faint Having little clearness or distinctness; hardly perceptible by or feebly affecting the senses; indistinct; deficient in brightness, vividness, or clearness, loudness, sharpness, or force; not well defined; feeble; dim: as, a faint light; a faint color; a faint resemblance.
    • n faint One of the colored lines (usually pale) on writing-paper.
    • n faint plural The impure spirit which comes over first and last in the distillation of whisky, the former being called the strong, and the latter, which is much more abundant, the weak faints. This crude spirit is much impregnated with fetid essential oil (fusel-oil); it is therefore very unwholesome, and must be purified by rectification.
    • n faint A fainting-fit; a swoon.
    • faint To become weak in spirit; lose spirit or courage; sink into dejection; despond; droop.
    • faint To become faint, weak, or exhausted in body; fail in strength or vigor; languish; droop; especially, to fall into a swoon; lose sensation and consciousness; swoon: sometimes with away.
    • faint To become faint to the view; become gradually dim or indistinct; fade; vanish.
    • faint To make faint; weaken; depress; dishearten; deject.
    • faint Oppressive: applied to the atmosphere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Faint fānt wanting in strength: fading: lacking distinctness: not bright or forcible: weak in spirit: lacking courage: depressed: done in a feeble way
    • v.i Faint to become feeble or weak: to lose strength, colour, &c.: to swoon: to fade or decay: to vanish: to lose courage or spirit: to become depressed
    • v.t Faint (rare) to render faint
    • n Faint a swoon
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
    Miguel%20De%20Cervantes
    “Faint heart never won fair lady.”
  • Michael Ondaatje
    Michael Ondaatje
    “The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Faint hearts never win fair ladies.”
  • Nadine Gordimer
    Nadine%20Gordimer
    “The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind's eye only, fade out in sand.”
  • Michael Crichton
    Michael Crichton
    “I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood. [On why he gave up medicine]”

Idioms

Faint heart never won fair lady - This means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. feint, faint, false, faint, F. feint, p. p. of feindre, to feign, suppose, hesitate. See Feign, and cf. Feint

Usage

In literature:

Again the cry rang out; but now the scout recognized it and a faint smile shone upon his face.
"The Boy Land Boomer" by Ralph Bonehill
She cried out faintly.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
A faint ray of a smile crossed the face of Raymond, but the older man was not pleased.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
I thought you were so faint you couldn't move.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
And then he began jerking the rope; and as he did so they could faintly hear indications of its touching the water far below.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
Then at the noon hour I fainted.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Faintly, faintly the swell and roll of the earth gathered colour.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Then, without a word, she fell back, and fainted in Espie's arms.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
I feel as if I were going to faint directly.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
The desert silence and space about him, the low-lying stars, the faint cloud of mountain range were not alien to him.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
The thud of the retreating, hoofs grew faint and died.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
His thin hair was parted in the middle and a faint straw-colored mustache decorated his upper lip.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
And I'm not going to faint.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
She is not a woman of the weak fainting sort.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
The vast perspective of the gallery lengthened out before him, cool, faint-tinted, full of a diffused and silvery light.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Yes, the long, faint line of the shore was at last visible just on the horizon's edge.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
She could only say faintly 'Yes!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Faint, liquid trip-hammerings, they were, upon brittle anvils.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Faint stars were beginning to twinkle; there was one that glowed steadily.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Between the two quadruple sets careful gazing reveals two other very faint stars.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
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In poetry:

Our Lord, who knows full well
The heart of every saint;
Invites us, by a parable,
To pray and never faint.
"The Importunate Widow" by John Newton
The joy Thy favor gives
Let me again obtain,
And Thy free Spirit’s firm support
My fainting soul sustain.
"Have mercy, Lord, on me," by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
So much I love, that I
Faint with the joy I know;
Yea, for that love is pierced
With the great thorn of woe!
"A Baghdad Lover" by Charles Hanson Towne
My soul and I went walking
Beneath the moon of Spring;
The lilies pale were talking,
Were faintly murmuring.
"The Message Of The Lilies" by Madison Julius Cawein
Her misty hair is faint and fair,
She keeps the shadowy kine;
O Keith of Ravelston,
The sorrows of thy line!
"Keith Of Ravelston" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Listen, ye soldier saints,
Sebastian, Ignatius, Joan,
Be by his side; if he faints,
Strengthen my little son.
"A Woman Commends Her Little Son" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

You're not faint of heart.
M81 in Ursa Major lies some 12 million light-years away, but is still faintly visible to the naked eye .
Dancing Macabre with the Faint.
You'd be hard pressed to find a band I listened to more growing up than the Faint.
Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart.
This animation shows the path of the shadow of the dwarf planet Makemake during an occultation of a faint star in April 2011.
Hops—piney and bitter—and a faint malt finish.
I'm in love with the zany chevron-and-stripes pattern that's sure to make my (faint.
The Curiosity rover's latest Mars photo captured the planet's largest Martian moon, Phobos , during a Martian evening, revealing the satellite as a faint crescent moon.
This close up from a photo by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the Martian moon Phobos as a faint crescent in the Martian evening sky.
INTERVIEWS The Faint Pique Fans' 'Fasciinatiion' in New York.
The Faint / Photo by Jackie Roman.
Use the prominent Great Square of Pegasus to zero in on this faint but distinctive constellation of the zodiac.
South Beach is not for the faint of heart.
The room, oddly but appropriately, smelled faintly of hay.
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In science:

If an ob ject was detected in only one frame (for example, faint ob jects in the R band image, or ob jects close to a non-overlapping frame edge), no color term was applied.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
This would be in good agreement with the densities found in several other faint UVX surveys (e.g.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Population constraints on the z -distributions have been derived in this way, and the basic result (still tentative and requiring confirmation) is that faint SCUBA sources are mostly ultra-luminous galaxies at typical z ∼ 1 to ∼ 3 (e.g.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Preliminary results of spectroscopic studies of the Hα line properties in faint ISO mid-IR sources (D.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The outcome of our spectroscopic observations is that the faint population making up the CIRB in the mid-IR is dominated by actively star-forming galaxies with substantial H α emission (Sect. 12.1.1).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
As already noticed (Sect. 8.3.1), the converging galaxy counts at faint magnitudes observed in the optical and near-IR allow to estimate with fair accuracy the total diffuse flux at these wavelengths (Fig. 3, see Madau & Pozzetti 2000).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The faint source within the circle is too bright to be the pulsar.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
However, their analysis does not take into account the fact that the cutoff in the observed luminosity function is due to incompletion at the faint end (see Zhang & Fall 1999 for a discussion).
The Formation of Star Clusters
Other difficulties with this simple model are that it assumes similar star formation histories for the various galaxies (e.g., continuous rather than sporadic bursts at different times), and ignores the fact that the faint end will probably undergo rapid evolution as the faint clusters dissolve.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Further evidence that some of these new candidates may be true members is given by the fact that, unbeknownst to Makarov & Fabricius, one of their stars (HIP 57524, too faint for us and not shown in Table 4) is actually TWA-19, which is Li-rich.
Radial-Velocity Monitoring of Members and Candidate Members of the TW Hydrae Association
X-ray bright region begins 1′′ upstream of the optical peak, in an optically faint region.
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets
In order to assign cluster membership across our large field and to faint magnitudes, we applied photometric redshift technique to isolate the galaxies in a narrow redshift slice around the cluster redshift.
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
It is important to note that the changes in galaxy properties as a function of local density are most prominent in faint galaxies (> M ∗ V + 1).
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
Of the remaining 28%, one third are bona fide optically faint candidates.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
There is no need to hypothesize a sizeable population of optical ly rich, x-ray faint clusters.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
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