faintness

Definitions

  • Si Almost Fainted when the Colonel Stopped 215
    Si Almost Fainted when the Colonel Stopped 215
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n faintness the quality of being dim or lacking contrast
    • n faintness the trait of lacking boldness and courage "faintness of heart and infirmity of purpose"
    • n faintness barely audible
    • n faintness the property of being without strength "the faintness or potency of the feeling"
    • n faintness a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Faintness Faint-heartedness; timorousness; dejection. "I will send a faintness into their hearts."
    • Faintness Feebleness, as of color or light; lack of distinctness; as, faintness of description.
    • Faintness The state of being faint; loss of strength, or of consciousness, and self-control.
    • Faintness Want of vigor or energy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n faintness The state or condition of being faint; defect of strength; feebleness; deficiency of force, brightness, vividness, distinctness, or the like; want of vigor, energy, or heartiness; timorousness; dejection; irresolution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Faintness want of strength: feebleness of colour, light, &c.: dejection
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. feint (Fr. feindre), feigned—L. fingĕre, to feign.

Usage

In literature:

Faint and far a sound drifted to them.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
Faint noises arose in the thickets, bet the ear of the gray statue was alive, and he knew.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It was dragged from her intact, and the shock left her faint and shuddering.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
He lay still, feeling Marise's breathing faintly stirring the bed.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
An obscure figure moved a heavy and faintly clanging pile of tamping bars.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
He had stayed away all that day, in a sort of faint hope that she would miss him.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Sickened and faint, he leaned against a wall for support.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
He came close to fainting.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
I am ashamed of myself, but I shall not faint again.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He listened a long time until the last rumble of the hundred thousand died away in a faint echo, and then he awakened his comrades.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

And darker, drearier fell the night
Upon my spirit then;—
But what is that faint struggling light?
Is it the Moon again?
"Fluctuations" by Anne Bronte
The tongue, that most unruly power,
Requires a strong restraint;
We must be watchful every hour,
And pray, but never faint.
"Hymn 161" by Isaac Watts
Blest be the Lord that gives his flesh
To nourish dying men;
And often spreads his table fresh,
Lest we should faint again.
"Hymn 5" by Isaac Watts
And grim ancestors gaunt
In smiles and tears faint flit;
By the mirror there they stand and stare,
And weep and sigh to it.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
And as the moon surmounts the trees,
They gain the sentried door,
And faintly to Fitzgibbon she
Unfolds her tale once more.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
And still I hear, thy shores along,
All faintly ringing,
The notes of ghosts of birds that long
Have ceased their singing.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley

In news:

Tendency to faint is partly rooted in genetics, a study suggests.
In the best situation, as the person is starting to faint , she realizes it and sits or lies down.
I'm sure you know of one person who has fainted after using the bathroom.
Fainting goats June 25, 2007.
If this patient had fainted at rest, I needed to know if an unsettling event had somehow triggered too much of a parasympathetic response, causing vasovagal syncope.
George Steinbrenner fainted and crashed to the floor after a memorial service for Otto Graham yesterday and was admitted to a hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
Yesterday, I reported that singer Meatloaf had fainted at shows twice in the past week and now he's speaking out about the reports and his overall health.
Yesterday, I reported that singer Meatloaf had fainted at shows twice.
Celebrity gossip website TMZ is reporting that Meatloaf fainted backstage in New Jersey on Sunday.
Meat also fainted Thursday in the middle of his show in Pennsylvania and again required oxygen to recover, but didn't require any other medical attention.
Pella — After Tuesday night's girls' basketball game, a female spectator fainted .
After Tuesday night's girls' basketball game, a female spectator fainted .
Basketball game, a female spectator fainted . .
Well, Mr Let's-Ride-The-Rollercoaster has fainted .
For those of you that are fans of the home shopping channel QVC, you may not be to pleased to know a guest co-host fainted live on the air, as the show host keeps plugging away the product.
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In science:

FCCB729 has an extended emission region in the centre, with faint extensions towards the west, along the galaxy’s ma jor axis, and towards the north, along its minor axis.
Evidence for a warm ISM in Fornax dEs - II. FCC032, FCC206 and FCCB729
We suggest that the X-ray ripples observed in the Perseus cluster, for example, are not sound waves, but rather the rims of radio-faint weak bubbles which are only slightly hotter than their environment.
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters
Hipparcos parallaxes are available in only a few cases where bright primary stars could be observed, because all of the stars in Table 2 were too faint for Hipparcos.
The Solar Neighborhood X: New Nearby Stars in the Southern Sky and Accurate Photometric Distance Estimates for Red Dwarfs
For abundance determinations the spectrum of Terskol observatory and IUE spectra were used, VLT spectrum was used for identification of faint line.
About the chemical composition of delta Scuti - the prototype of the class of pulsating variables
Since the photosphere of VY CMa is relatively faint at violet wavelengths, this process seems worthwhile only if it is pumped by some other strong emission line near 4044 ˚A.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
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