faintness


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faint

 (fānt)
adj. faint·er, faint·est
1.
a. Done with little strength or vigor; feeble: a faint attempt to apologize.
b. So weak as to be difficult to perceive; a faint light in the distance; a faint echo.
c. Lacking clarity or distinctness: a faint recollection.
d. Small in degree or amount; meager: faint chance of getting a raise.
2. Lacking conviction, boldness, or courage; timid: a tourist who is faint at heart.
3. Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak: felt faint for a moment.
n.
An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness, generally associated with failure of normal blood circulation.
intr.v. faint·ed, faint·ing, faints
1. To fall into a usually brief state of unconsciousness.
2. Archaic To weaken in purpose or spirit.

[Middle English, deceitful, cowardly, from Old French, past participle of feindre, to feign; see feign.]

faint′er n.
faint′ly adv.
faint′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.faintness - a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
2.faintness - the property of being without strength; "the faintness or potency of the feeling"
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
3.faintness - barely audible
softness - a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency; "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
4.faintness - the trait of lacking boldness and courage; "faintness of heart and infirmity of purpose"
timidity, timorousness - fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities
5.faintness - the quality of being dim or lacking contrast
blurriness, fuzziness, indistinctness, fogginess, softness - the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
Translations
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faintness

[ˈfeɪntnɪs] N
1. (= weakness) [of light] → tenuidad f; [of outline] → lo indistinto; [of voice, breathing] → debilidad f
2. (Med) → desmayo m, desfallecimiento m

faintness

[ˈfeɪntnɪs] n
(= light-headedness) → malaise m
[colour, sound] → faiblesse f

faintness

n
Schwäche f; (of tracks, line)Undeutlichkeit f; such was the faintness of the photocopy that …die Fotokopie war so blass, dass …; such was the faintness of his voice that …seine Stimme war so schwach, dass …; due to the faintness of the soundweil der Ton so leise war; the faintness of his resemblance to his fatherseine entfernte Ähnlichkeit mit seinem Vater; despite the faintness of her hopeobwohl sie nur eine leise Hoffnung hatte; faintness of heart (liter)Verzagtheit f
(= dizziness)flaues Gefühl, Schwächegefühl nt

faintness

[ˈfeɪntnɪs] n (of voice, sound) → debolezza

faint

(feint) adjective
1. lacking in strength, brightness, courage etc. The sound grew faint; a faint light.
2. physically weak and about to lose consciousness. Suddenly he felt faint.
verb
to lose consciousness. She fainted on hearing the news.
noun
loss of consciousness. His faint gave everybody a fright.
ˈfaintly adverb
1. in a faint manner. A light shone faintly.
2. slightly; rather. She looked faintly surprised.
ˈfaintness noun

faintness

n. desaliento, [weakness] debilidad.
References in classic literature ?
The faintness of the voice was pitiable and dreadful.
in the case of a just visible star or a just audible sound--without becoming images, and that therefore mere faintness cannot be the characteristic mark of images.
This earthly faintness, was, in their view, only another phase of the minister's celestial strength; nor would it have seemed a miracle too high to be wrought for one so holy, had he ascended before their eyes, waxing dimmer and brighter, and fading at last into the light of heaven!
Just before supper-time, however, Anne Catherick startled them all by being suddenly seized with faintness.
And here, his mad mind would run on in a breathless race; till a weariness and faintness of pondering came over him; and in the open air of the deck he would seek to recover his strength.
The squire was waiting for me at the stern window, all his faintness gone from him.
At last, as the bridge at Walton was coming into sight round the bend, my fever and faintness overcame my fears, and I landed on the Middlesex bank and lay down, deadly sick, amid the long grass.
It was only a slight attack of faintness, resulting from the tedious day's journey, and the excitement of arrival.
Bulstrode's anxiety by telling her that her husband had been seized with faintness at the meeting, but that he trusted soon to see him better and would call again the next day, unless she-sent for him earlier, he went directly home, got on his horse, and rode three miles out of the town for the sake of being out of reach.
Being under a necessity of obeying our acoba, or protector, we changed our place of abode as often as he desired it, though not without great inconveniences, from the excessive heat of the weather and the faintness which our strict observation of the fasts and austerities of Lent, as it is kept in this country, had brought upon us.
While uttering these words he showed such weakness that the bystanders expected each return of faintness would take his life with it.
The last few yards was a frightful struggle against this faintness.