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
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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 ?
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. Several times my head swam, and I felt all the sensations of falling.
As the faintness of hunger came over her, Adrienne felt for her purse with the intention of sending Nathalie to a neighboring baker's, when the truth flashed upon her, in its dreadful reality.
"Faint," my Lady murmurs with white lips, "only that; but it is like the faintness of death.
She entertained a wild idea of explaining to him the first time they were alone together, of lying to him, of mentioning casually the attack of faintness that had overpowered her just before the moon came up.
I struggled against the sudden sense of faintness that seized on me; I tried to tell the people of the inn what to do.
Genevieve sighed with relief, her tense body relaxing and a faintness coming over her.
The faintness of the voice was pitiable and dreadful.
of impressions) in thinking and reasoning." His immediately following observations, however, show the inadequacy of his criteria of "force" and "faintness." He says:
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. She had had a similar attack, of a less alarming kind, on the day she arrived at the farm; and Mrs.
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.