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Definition of "faint" []

  • Lacking strength or vigor; feeble. (adjective)
  • Lacking conviction, boldness, or courage; timid. (adjective)
  • Lacking brightness: a faint light in the gloom. (adjective)
  • Lacking clarity or distinctness: a faint recollection. (adjective)
  • Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak: felt faint for a moment. (adjective)
  • Lacking clarity, brightness, volume, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Lacking conviction or force; weak (adjective)
  • Feeling dizzy or weak as if about to lose consciousness (adjective)
  • Without boldness or courage; timid (esp in the combination faint-hearted) (adjective)
  • To lose consciousness, esp momentarily, as through weakness (verb)
  • To fail or become weak, esp in hope or courage (verb)
  • A sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brain (noun)

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Use "faint" in a sentence
  • "_Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint_."
  • "The little store of sovereigns in the tin box seemed to be the only sight that brought a faint beam of pleasure into the miller’s eyes, —faint and transient, for it was soon dispelled by the thought that the time would be long—perhaps longer than his life, —before the narrow savings could remove the hateful incubus of debt."
  • "Gives him what he calls a faint picture of his horrible uneasiness, riding up and down, expecting the return of his servant as soon as he had dispatched him."