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Princeton's WordNet

  1. faintnessnoun

    a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon

  2. faintnessnoun

    the property of being without strength

    "the faintness or potency of the feeling"

  3. faintnessnoun

    barely audible

  4. faintheartedness, faintnessnoun

    the trait of lacking boldness and courage

    "faintness of heart and infirmity of purpose"

  5. dimness, faintnessnoun

    the quality of being dim or lacking contrast


  1. faintnessnoun

    The property of being or feeling faint.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Faintnessnoun

    Etymology: from faint.

    If the prince of the lights of heaven, which now as a giant doth run his unwearied courses, should through a languishing faintness begin to stand. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 3.

    This proceeded not from any violence of pain, but from a general languishing and faintness of spirits, which made him think nothing worth the trouble of one careful thought. William Temple.

    This evil proceeds rather of the unsoundness of the counsels laid for the reformation, or of faintness in following and effecting the same, than of any such fatal course appointed of God. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    The paleness of this flow’r
    Bewray’d the faintness of my master’s heart. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.


  1. faintness

    Syncope, commonly known as fainting, is a loss of consciousness and muscle strength characterized by a fast onset, short duration, and spontaneous recovery. It is caused by a decrease in blood flow to the brain, typically from low blood pressure. There are sometimes symptoms before the loss of consciousness such as lightheadedness, sweating, pale skin, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, or feeling warm. Syncope may also be associated with a short episode of muscle twitching. Psychiatric causes can also be determined when a patient experiences fear, anxiety, or panic; particularly before a stressful event usually medical in nature. When consciousness and muscle strength are not completely lost, it is called presyncope. It is recommended that presyncope be treated the same as syncope.Causes range from non-serious to potentially fatal. There are three broad categories of causes: heart or blood vessel related; reflex, also known as neurally mediated; and orthostatic hypotension. Issues with the heart and blood vessels are the cause in about 10% and typically the most serious while neurally mediated is the most common. Heart related causes may include an abnormal heart rhythm, problems with the heart valves or heart muscle and blockages of blood vessels from a pulmonary embolism or aortic dissection among others. Neurally mediated syncope occurs when blood vessels expand and heart rate decreases inappropriately. This may occur from either a triggering event such as exposure to blood, pain, strong feelings or a specific activity such as urination, vomiting, or coughing. Neurally mediated syncope may also occur when an area in the neck known as the carotid sinus is pressed. The third type of syncope is due to a drop in blood pressure when changing position such as when standing up. This is often due to medications that a person is taking but may also be related to dehydration, significant bleeding or infection. There also seems to be a genetic component to syncope.A medical history, physical examination, and electrocardiogram (ECG) are the most effective ways to determine the underlying cause. The ECG is useful to detect an abnormal heart rhythm, poor blood flow to the heart muscle and other electrical issues, such as long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome. Heart related causes also often have little history of a prodrome. Low blood pressure and a fast heart rate after the event may indicate blood loss or dehydration, while low blood oxygen levels may be seen following the event in those with pulmonary embolism. More specific tests such as implantable loop recorders, tilt table testing or carotid sinus massage may be useful in uncertain cases. Computed tomography (CT) is generally not required unless specific concerns are present. Other causes of similar symptoms that should be considered include seizure, stroke, concussion, low blood oxygen, low blood sugar, drug intoxication and some psychiatric disorders among others. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Those who are considered at high risk following investigation may be admitted to hospital for further monitoring of the heart.Syncope affects about three to six out of every thousand people each year. It is more common in older people and females. It is the reason for one to three percent of visits to emergency departments and admissions to hospital. Up to half of women over the age of 80 and a third of medical students describe at least one event at some point in their lives. Of those presenting with syncope to an emergency department, about 4% died in the next 30 days. The risk of a poor outcome, however, depends very much on the underlying cause.


  1. faintness

    Faintness is a state or condition of lacking strength, intensity, brightness, or clarity, often used to describe sensations such as lack of energy, a dim light, or a weak sound. It can also indicate a feeling of dizziness or weakness as if about to lose consciousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faintnessnoun

    the state of being faint; loss of strength, or of consciousness, and self-control

  2. Faintnessnoun

    want of vigor or energy

  3. Faintnessnoun

    feebleness, as of color or light; lack of distinctness; as, faintness of description

  4. Faintnessnoun

    faint-heartedness; timorousness; dejection

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of faintness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of faintness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • Schwäche, Mattigkeit, Verblasstheit, MattheitGerman
  • blāvumsLatvian

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