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 faint faint

noun

  • a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain  ( deliquium, faint, swoon, syncope )
    a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
  • adj

  • () lacking clarity or distinctness  ( shadowy, wispy, vague, dim, faint )
    lacking clarity or distinctness
     a dim figure in the distance
    a dim figure in the distance
     only a faint recollection
    only a faint recollection
     shadowy figures in the gloom
    shadowy figures in the gloom
     saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
    saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
     a few wispy memories of childhood
    a few wispy memories of childhood
  • () deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc  ( weak, faint )
    deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
     a faint outline
    a faint outline
     the wan sun cast faint shadows
    the wan sun cast faint shadows
     the faint light of a distant candle
    the faint light of a distant candle
     weak colors
    weak colors
     a faint hissing sound
    a faint hissing sound
     a faint aroma
    a faint aroma
     a weak pulse
    a weak pulse
  • () lacking strength or vigor  ( feeble, faint )
    lacking strength or vigor
     damning with faint praise
    damning with faint praise
     faint resistance
    faint resistance
     feeble efforts
    feeble efforts
     a feeble voice
    a feeble voice
  • () weak and likely to lose consciousness  ( light, lightheaded, swooning, faint, light-headed )
    weak and likely to lose consciousness
     suddenly felt faint from the pain
    suddenly felt faint from the pain
     was sick and faint from hunger
    was sick and faint from hunger
     felt light in the head
    felt light in the head
     a swooning fit
    a swooning fit
     light-headed with wine
    light-headed with wine
     light-headed from lack of sleep
    light-headed from lack of sleep
  • lacking conviction or boldness or courage  ( faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted, timid )
    lacking conviction or boldness or courage
     faint heart ne'er won fair lady
    faint heart ne'er won fair lady
  • indistinctly understood or felt or perceived  ( faint )
    indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
     a faint clue to the origin of the mystery
    a faint clue to the origin of the mystery
     haven't the faintest idea
    haven't the faintest idea
  • verb

  • () pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain  ( conk, faint, pass out, swoon )
    pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain