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feint

 (fānt)
n.
1.
a. A military attack or maneuver that is meant to divert attention away from a planned point of attack.
b. A body movement that is intended to divert another's attention, often by being deliberately left uncompleted: "The mongoose begins with a feint, which provokes the snake to strike" (Norbert Wiener).
2. A deceptive action calculated to divert attention from one's real purpose. See Synonyms at wile.
v. feint·ed, feint·ing, feints
v.intr.
To make a feint: "He feinted with his left hand, trying to distract the turtle and then grab its tail" (Howard Frank Mosher).
v.tr.
1. To deceive with a feint: He feinted his opponent with a left hook.
2. To do or perform as a feint: feinted a punch.

[French feinte, from Old French, from past participle of feindre, to feign; see feign.]

feint

(feɪnt)
n
1. a mock attack or movement designed to distract an adversary, as in a military manoeuvre or in boxing, fencing, etc
2. a misleading action or appearance
vb
(intr) to make a feint
[C17: from French feinte, from feint pretended, from Old French feindre to feign]

feint

(feɪnt)
n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper
[C19: variant of faint]

feint

(feɪnt)

n.
1. a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point to distract from the real target.
2. a feigned or assumed appearance.
v.i.
3. to make a feint: The boxer feinted with his left.
v.t.
4. to make a feint.
5. to make a false show of; simulate.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French feinte, n. use of feminine of feint pretended, past participle of feindre to feign]

feint

In military deception, an offensive action involving contact with the adversary conducted for the purpose of deceiving the adversary as to the location and/or time of the actual main offensive action.

feint


Past participle: feinted
Gerund: feinting

Imperative
feint
feint
Present
I feint
you feint
he/she/it feints
we feint
you feint
they feint
Preterite
I feinted
you feinted
he/she/it feinted
we feinted
you feinted
they feinted
Present Continuous
I am feinting
you are feinting
he/she/it is feinting
we are feinting
you are feinting
they are feinting
Present Perfect
I have feinted
you have feinted
he/she/it has feinted
we have feinted
you have feinted
they have feinted
Past Continuous
I was feinting
you were feinting
he/she/it was feinting
we were feinting
you were feinting
they were feinting
Past Perfect
I had feinted
you had feinted
he/she/it had feinted
we had feinted
you had feinted
they had feinted
Future
I will feint
you will feint
he/she/it will feint
we will feint
you will feint
they will feint
Future Perfect
I will have feinted
you will have feinted
he/she/it will have feinted
we will have feinted
you will have feinted
they will have feinted
Future Continuous
I will be feinting
you will be feinting
he/she/it will be feinting
we will be feinting
you will be feinting
they will be feinting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been feinting
you have been feinting
he/she/it has been feinting
we have been feinting
you have been feinting
they have been feinting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been feinting
you will have been feinting
he/she/it will have been feinting
we will have been feinting
you will have been feinting
they will have been feinting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been feinting
you had been feinting
he/she/it had been feinting
we had been feinting
you had been feinting
they had been feinting
Conditional
I would feint
you would feint
he/she/it would feint
we would feint
you would feint
they would feint
Past Conditional
I would have feinted
you would have feinted
he/she/it would have feinted
we would have feinted
you would have feinted
they would have feinted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feint - any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)
tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre - a move made to gain a tactical end
juke, fake - (football) a deceptive move made by a football player
Verb1.feint - deceive by a mock action; "The midfielder feinted to shoot"
sham, feign, simulate, assume - make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

feint

noun bluff, manoeuvre, dodge, mock attack, play, blind, distraction, pretence, expedient, ruse, artifice, gambit, subterfuge, stratagem, wile a tiny feint or lunge to one side

feint

noun
An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
Translations

feint

[feɪnt]
A. N (Boxing, Fencing) → finta f
B. VIfintar

feint

n (Sport) → Finte f; to make a feinteine Finte anwenden (at gegenüber); he made a feint to the left and shot to the righter hat links angetäuscht und nach rechts geschossen
vi (Sport) → fintieren, eine Finte anwenden (also fig); he feinted with the left and hit with the righter hat links angetäuscht und rechts zugeschlagen

feint(-ruled)

adjfein liniert

feint

[feɪnt]
1. nfinta
2. vifare una finta
References in classic literature ?
Young Jerry, who had only made a feint of undressing when he went to bed, was not long after his father.
If you had fallen up against him (as some of them did), on purpose, he would have made a feint of endeavouring to seize you, which would have been an affront to your understanding, and would instantly have sidled off in the direction of the plump sister.
I recollect being very much surprised by the feint everybody made, then, of not having been to sleep at all, and by the uncommon indignation with which everyone repelled the charge.
I acted in the capacity of backer, or best-man, to the bridegroom; while a little limp pew opener in a soft bonnet like a baby's, made a feint of being the bosom friend of Miss Skiffins.
Jekyll had returned to his own shape and was sitting down, with a darkened brow, to make a feint of breakfasting.
As to D'Artagnan, afraid of some feint, he still stood on the defensive.
I perceived my answer pleased him; he had doubtless expected to see a chilling effect produced by his steady announcement that he would give me neither wine nor spirits; he just shot one searching glance at my face to ascertain whether my cordiality was genuine or a mere feint of politeness.
He recognises what is played through feint, by the air with which it is thrown upon the table.
The note of authority in his voice seemed to subdue her, and when he had jumped from the sleigh she let him help her out, saying only, with a vague feint of reluctance: "But there isn't a sled round anywheres.
He makes a feint of offering a protest, but she sweeps it away with her disdainful hand.
In a moment Robin stepped quickly upon the bridge where the stranger stood; first he made a feint, and then delivered a blow at the stranger's head that, had it met its mark, would have tumbled him speedily into the water.
Peter was a superb swordsman, and parried with dazzling rapidity; ever and anon he followed up a feint with a lunge that got past his foe's defence, but his shorter reach stood him in ill stead, and he could not drive the steel home.