• In the salt water wuz sharks, torpedoes, dog fishes, goose-fishes, weak-fish
    In the salt water wuz sharks, torpedoes, dog fishes, goose-fishes, weak-fish
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj weakly lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality "a feeble old woman","her body looked sapless"
    • adv weakly in a weak or feeble manner or to a minor degree "weakly agreed to a compromise","wheezed weakly","he was weakly attracted to her"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soybean actually has Diadzein and genistein that act like weak estrogen.
    • adv Weakly In a weak manner; with little strength or vigor; feebly.
    • a Weakly Not strong of constitution; infirm; feeble; as, a weakly woman; a man of a weakly constitution.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • weakly Weak; feeble; not robust: as, a weakly woman; a man of weakly constitution.
    • weakly In a weak manner, in any sense of the word weak.
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  • Wallace D. Wattles
    Wallace D. Wattles
    “Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak.”
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    “A wise man admits his weaknesses. I'd admit mine if I had any.”
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    “The cowards never started -- and the weak died along the way.”


Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak - If the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, someone lacks the willpower to change things they do because they derive too much pleasure from them.
Weak at the knees - If people go weak at the knees, they have a powerful emotional reaction to something and feel that they might fall over.


In literature:

I was too astonished to think and too weak to move, so I just stood there motionless until I had regained my equilibrium.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
Weak lungs and all, but she's a right new brand.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
The end of God's dealings with us, poor, weak, sinful creatures, is character and conduct.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Dead fibres are thin, brittle and weak.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
You are weak, but you will live and soon be well.
"Gil the Gunner" by George Manville Fenn
Yes, brave and manly, but weak and foolish, my boy.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
We had a patient who was stout, but weak and weary, with the muscles slack and showing loss of power.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
In the old days, he had been the strong one and the masterful, Brenton the weak.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Working upon accidentals secures weak results, perverts and interferes with free function.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
I feel very weak, but if he forces me to it, I must go.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Thou mayst live to bless the giver,
Who, himself but frail and weak,
Would at least the highest welfare
Of another seek;
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
You mustn't show weakness
and you've got to make a list
of all the things you can load
in a baby carriage without a baby.
"You Mustn't Show Weakness" by Yehuda Amichai
Long have I sat beneath the sound
Of thy salvation, Lord;
But still how weak my faith is found,
And knowledge of thy word!
"Hymn 165" by Isaac Watts
A friend and helper so divine
Does my weak courage raise;
He makes the glorious vict'ry mine,
And his shall be the praise.
"Psalm 144 part 1" by Isaac Watts
"But here am I, a cripple weak;
Great Heaven! and must they fall
Because I, wretched I alone,
Know what will sure befall!"
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Weary and weak and erring,
In sorrow and doubt and tears,
Shine through the mist and the darkness
Star of a thousand years!
"Christmas Hymn" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

Shares of Ontario-based Research in Motion have plunged as investors worry about weak sales of BlackBerry phones and PlayBook tablets.
Warning this clip is gross, not for the weak.
Join Editor Jeff Weakly and Capt.
'Tea, With Music' a weak brew at East West Players.
Facebook's strength—that it has evolved beyond a social network, into a platform—appears to be its greatest weakness, at least in the mobile market.
The teaching of writing is one of the great weaknesses of American schools.
It's somehow a little appealing that billionaire Zuckerberg has a weakness -- colorblindness -- that makes him a little more human.
Jon Chait reads far too much into my analysis of Obama's weakness with white working class voters.
While average prices for previously owned condominiums are still up for the year, the increase is smaller after a weak September.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and the Hokies' offense have a chance to grow against Miami's weak defense.
(NYSE: FOE) continues to report weak quarterly results because of sharply reduced demand for the conductive pastes it makes that are used in the production of solar cells.
Fleury the weak link for struggling Penguins.
He thought it was weak like a Lillith Fair kinda thing.
So much for the weak economy.
Cliff Edwards that\'s my weakness now Unknown.

In science:

We say that F : X → E is weak-to-norm continuous if it is continuous from X equipped with the weak topology σ(Y , Y ′ ) in Y , into E with the norm topology.
Extension of Bernstein Polynomials to Infinite Dimensional Case
Rates of convergence in the weak invariance principle for the empirical repartition process of weakly dependent sequences.
Zero-one laws for binary random fields
This band is relatively weak (less than 5 % absorption with respect to the continuum, except for a few contributing lines) according to Aoki et al. (1998), and such a weak band cannot be clearly detected in our LMC spectra.
Spitzer observations of acetylene bands in carbon-rich AGB stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Let µ be a weakly stable distribution on a separable Banach space E and let λ be a µ-weakly infinitely divisible measure on R.
Weak stability and generalized weak convolution for random vectors and stochastic processes
If X is a weakly dependent random field and we replace some of the variables Xj with independent from X and mutually independent random variables Yj , then the random field X ′ = {X ′ j , j ∈ Nd } obtained is again weakly dependent with the same sequence θ = (θr )r∈N (cf. ).
Strong invariance principle for dependent random fields