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Princeton's WordNet

  1. faint, swoon, syncope, deliquiumadjective

    a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

  2. faint, weakadjective

    deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc

    "a faint outline"; "the wan sun cast faint shadows"; "the faint light of a distant candle"; "weak colors"; "a faint hissing sound"; "a faint aroma"; "a weak pulse"

  3. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispyadjective

    lacking clarity or distinctness

    "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood"

  4. faint, feebleadjective

    lacking strength or vigor

    "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice"

  5. faint, light, swooning, light-headed, lightheadedadjective

    weak and likely to lose consciousness

    "suddenly felt faint from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep"

  6. faintadjective

    indistinctly understood or felt or perceived

    "a faint clue to the origin of the mystery"; "haven't the faintest idea"

  7. faint, fainthearted, timid, faint-heartedverb

    lacking conviction or boldness or courage

    "faint heart ne'er won fair lady"

  8. faint, conk, swoon, pass outverb

    pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain


  1. faintnoun

    The act of fainting.

  2. faintnoun

    The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.

  3. faintverb

    To lose consciousness. Caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).

  4. faintadjective

    Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.

  5. faintadjective

    Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.

    "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.

  6. faintadjective

    Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.

  7. faintadjective

    Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Faintadjective

    Etymology: fane, French.

    In the more intemperate climates the spirits, either exhaled by heat or comprest by cold, are rendered faint and sluggish. William Temple.

    The blue compared with these is a faint and dark colour, and the indigo and violet are much darker and fainter. Newt.

    The length of the image I measured from the faintest and utmost red at one end, to the faintest and utmost blue at the other end, excepting only a little penumbra. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    From her naked limbs of glowing white,
    In folds loose floating, fell the fainter lawn. James Thomson.

    The pump after this being employed from time to time, the sound grew fainter and fainter. Boyle.

    Two neighbouring shepherds, faint with thirst, stood at the common boundary of their grounds. Rambler.

    Faint heart never won fair lady. William Camden, Rem. Proverb in.

    Our faint Egyptians pray for Antony;
    But in their servile hearts they own Octavius. Dryden.

    Consider him that endureth such contradiction against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebr. xii. 3.

    The defects which hindered the conquest, were the faint prosecution of the war, and the looseness of the civil government. John Davies, on Ireland.

  2. To Faintverb

    To deject; to depress; to enfeeble. A word little in use.

    It faints me
    To think what follows. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

  3. To FAINTverb

    Etymology: faner, French.

    Those figures in the gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye, and decay into confusion. Alexander Pope.

    Their young children were out of heart, and their women and young men fainted for thirst, and fell down in the streets. Judith vii. 22.

    We are ready to faint with fasting. 1 Mac. iii. 17.

    Upon hearing the honour intended her, she fainted away, and fell down as dead. Guardian, №. 167.

    They will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches. Ecclus. xliii. 10.

    The imagination cannot be always alike constant and strong, and if the success follow not speedily it will faint and lose strength. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 953.

    Lest they faint
    At the sad sentence rigorously urg’d,
    All terror hide. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 108.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faint

    lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst

  2. Faint

    wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady."

  3. Faint

    lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound

  4. Faint

    performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance

  5. Faintnoun

    the act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See Fainting, n

  6. Faintverb

    to become weak or wanting in vigor; to grow feeble; to lose strength and color, and the control of the bodily or mental functions; to swoon; -- sometimes with away. See Fainting, n

  7. Faintnoun

    to sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent

  8. Faintnoun

    to decay; to disappear; to vanish

  9. Faintverb

    to cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken

  10. Etymology: [OE. feint, faint, false, faint, F. feint, p. p. of feindre to feign, suppose, hesitate. See Feign, and cf. Feint.]


  1. Faint

    "Faint" is a song by rock band Linkin Park from their second studio album Meteora. The song was released as the album's second single on June 9, 2003 and entered the top thirty on the majority of the charts it appeared on, including the Hot 100, in which it peaked at #48. The song reached #1 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, becoming the band's third number-one hit on the chart. The song would later be featured on the group's mashup EP with Jay-Z, Collision Course, where it was mashed up with lyrics of the song Jigga What from Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Faint

    fānt, adj. wanting in strength: fading: lacking distinctness: not bright or forcible: weak in spirit: lacking courage: depressed: done in a feeble way.—v.i. to become feeble or weak: to lose strength, colour, &c.: to swoon: to fade or decay: to vanish: to lose courage or spirit: to become depressed.—v.t. (rare) to render faint.—n. a swoon.—p.adj. Faint′ed (Milt.), exhausted.—adjs. Faint′-heart, Faint′-heart′ed, cowardly: timorous.—adv. Faint′-heart′edly.—ns. Faint′-heart′edness; Faint′ing.—adj. Faint′ish, slightly faint.—n. Faint′ishness.—adv. Faint′ly.—n. Faint′ness, want of strength: feebleness of colour, light, &c.: dejection.—adj. Faint′y, faintish. [O. Fr. feint (Fr. feindre), feigned—L. fingĕre, to feign.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. faint

    To lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'faint' in Adjectives Frequency: #634

Anagrams for faint »

  1. Fanti

  2. fitna

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of faint in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of faint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of faint in a Sentence

  1. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Love has no power to look forward — the delicious consciousness of the present, a faint but delightful shadow of the past, form its eternity.

  2. Scott Sheppard:

    Its very faint, its on the edge of our ability to detect it.

  3. Kotaro Kohno:

    The light from these galaxies is very faint with long wavelengths invisible to our eyes and undetectable by Hubble, so we turned to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array( ALMA), which is ideal for viewing these kinds of things. I have a long history with that facility and so knew it would deliver good results.

  4. Rodrigo Duterte:

    It is not for the faint-hearted, if you are a president and you are afraid of criminals, or you are afraid to kill criminals, then you have no business being a president.

  5. Dougal Mackey:

    By tracing the faint remains of these smaller galaxies with embedded star clusters, weve been able to recreate the way Andromeda drew them in and ultimately enveloped them at the different times.

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  • припадък, немощен, неясен, слаб, неотчетлив, припадане, припадам, плахBulgarian
  • dèbil, tènue, desmai, feble, acubar-seCatalan, Valencian
  • omdlítCzech
  • besvimelse, besvimeDanish
  • kraftlos, in Ohnmacht fallen, ohnmächtig werden, Ohnmacht, schwachGerman
  • desmayo, débil, desmayar, tenueSpanish
  • minestamaEstonian
  • geldoBasque
  • heikko, hämärä, heiveröinen, pyörtyäFinnish
  • svímaFaroese
  • craintif, évanoui, évanouissement, timoré, s'évanouir, faible, se pâmerFrench
  • neul, rach an neulScottish Gaelic
  • כההHebrew
  • նվաղել, տկարArmenian
  • pingsanIndonesian
  • svenire, timoroso, debole, indistinto, svenimento, pavido, incerto, tenueItalian
  • かすか, 気の弱い, 弱々しい, 気が弱い, 淡い, 失神Japanese
  • эс оош, эсинен тануу, талуу, талып калуу, эси ооп жыгылып калууKyrgyz
  • alpulys, nualpimasLithuanian
  • maiengi, tōriki, hauaitu, hauhauaitu, maiangi, porepore, tōririkiMāori
  • pengsanMalay
  • zwak, bezwijmen, flauwvallenDutch
  • svime av, besvimeNorwegian
  • pávido, lânguido, desmaiar, tênue, desmaioPortuguese
  • обморок, терять сознание, потерять сознание, вялый, падать в обморок, тусклый, слабый, упасть в обморок, слабонервныйRussian
  • svimma, svimningSwedish
  • bayılmak, baygınlık, bayılmaTurkish

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