• 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
    • n weakness the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain "his weakness increased as he became older","the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
    • n weakness powerlessness revealed by an inability to act "in spite of their weakness the group remains active"
    • n weakness a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you "he has a weakness for chocolate"
    • n weakness a flaw or weak point "he was quick to point out his wife's failings"
    • n weakness the condition of being financially weak "the weakness of the dollar against the yen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soybean actually has Diadzein and genistein that act like weak estrogen.
    • Weakness That which is a mark of lack of strength or resolution; a fault; a defect. "Many take pleasure in spreading abroad the weakness of an exalted character."
    • Weakness The quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weakness The state or character of being weak, in any sense; also, a weak point.
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  • William Blake
    “The weak in courage is strong in cunning.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “A strong foe is better than a weak friend.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.”
  • Jackie Collins
    Jackie Collins
    “My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.”


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:

History had actually written of the weaknesses and crimes of kings.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
But how shall one who is so weak in his childhood become really strong when he grows older?
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
There is nothing so blind as hardness, nothing so weak as violence.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
Thus their Supreme was far beyond the weakness of human sympathy.
"The Arian Controversy" by H. M. Gwatkin
Weak as the man had been in body, there had been no indication of weakness in spirit.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
I am restored from weak eyes, weak stomach, catarrh, also female trouble.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
I was not weak enough to be ashamed of my origin.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I know that all this is great weakness, but where is the man that is not weak?
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
She appeared more robust, but the stoutness was accompanied by an anemic weakness.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
He knew such weakness was shameful and hid it with a child's subtlety.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner

In poetry:

As love, too wise for a word, puts by
All a woman's weak alarms,
Joy hushed her lips, and gathered her
Into his mighty arms.
"The Angel Joy" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
In vain I task my aching brain,
In vain the sage's thought I scan,
I only feel how weak and vain,
How poor and blind, is man.
"The Wish Of To-Day" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Each graveyard gives the answer: there
I read Resurgam everywhere,
So easy said
Above the dead—
So weak to anodyne despair.
"A November Nocturne" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Oh, days of the lovely October,
How dear thou art to me;
Words are weak, when my soul would speak,
In language taught by thee.
"October" by Sallie Williams Hardcastle
"But thou hast left me weak, forlorn,
And chill'd with age's frost,
To count my weary days, and mourn
The comforts I have lost.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
"Help, gracious lord," they weeping say'd;
And knelt, as it was meet;
"From Artoys forest we be come,
With weak and wearye feet.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

One Where the Weak Are Killed and Eaten.
Barca 's weakness exposed.
Piper Turns Bearish On Mfg Weakness.
Markets sink on weak exports.
For now, worries about Europe and a weak economy are likely to keep Treasury yields low.
More specifically, our weakness is baked goods.
It was far from a day at the beach for Priceline.com investors this evening, when the company reported weak quarterly sales results and a gloomy outlook.
A review by The Skanner News has revealed three key weaknesses in the he-said/she-said case.
Xyratex Miss Underlines Weakness In Disk Drive Sector.
Disk-Drive Stocks Sag As Hutchinson Warns On Weak Demand.
The animal kingdom can be a cruel place, where the strong prey on the weak.
Secondary out to eschew the team weakness label.
Fatah had weak showing, officials say.
Top dogs feed on the weak.
The weak-ass punch of Kick-Ass' potty-mouthed preteens, plus the 43rd HFF.

In science:

Equip GV with the weak topology (the base of the weak topology is formed by the collections of sets of graphs that have a given induced graph structure on a given finite set of vertices).
Uncountable Graphs and Invariant Measures on the Set of Universal Countable Graphs
The action of SN is continuous with respect to the weak topology on GN , and to the weak topology on the group SN itself.
Uncountable Graphs and Invariant Measures on the Set of Universal Countable Graphs
Therefore, our results reinforce both the weak universality scenario for the pure SAF model, as first predicted by Binder and Landau , as well as the generalized statement of weak universality in the presence of bond randomness, given by Kim and concerning also the 2D random bond three-state Potts ferromagnet.
Wang-Landau study of the random bond square Ising model with nearest- and next-nearest-neighbor interactions
This means that the transition probabilities at different times and spatial points are weakly correlated and moreover the randomness is weak.
Random walks in space time mixing environments
Weak Convergence Finally, we use the theorem about weak convergence in D2 from .
Space-Time Current Process for Independent Random Walks in One Dimension