faints


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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.

faints

(feɪnts)
pl n
(Brewing) a variant spelling of feints
References in classic literature ?
In the press of the crowd at this exciting scene Phlipote faints, or nearly faints, when a young man comes kindly to their aid.
Then Sir Henry suggested that it might be well to get as near the door as possible and halloa, on the faint chance of somebody catching a sound outside.
A faint cry of joy escaped me; I tried to hold out my feeble hands.
I clambered into the pit and fancied I heard a faint movement under my feet.
Heralded by the increasing fierceness of the squalls, sometimes by a faint flash of lightning like the signal of a lighted torch waved far away behind the clouds, the shift of wind comes at last, the crucial moment of the change from the brooding and veiled violence of the south-west gale to the sparkling, flashing, cutting, clear- eyed anger of the King's north-westerly mood.
Its embers burnt now with a faint and sickly glare in the full flood of yellow moonlight which had fallen upon the country.
The laboratory grew faint and hazy, then fainter and ever fainter.
The face, as it showed under the glass, was not disagreeable to look upon: it bore a faint smile, and as the death had been painless, had not been distorted beyond the repairing power of the undertaker.
Presently a faint rustling of the bush apprised him of the stealthy creeping of the thing behind.
A faint sketch of the lines Time intended to engrave on Gertrude's brow appeared there as she read the letter; but she hastened to give the admiral's kind regards to her host and hostess, and discussed her mother's health feelingly with them.
For a moment the horror of the discovery turned me faint and giddy.
When we are listening for a faint sound--the striking of a distant clock, or a horse's hoofs on the road--we think we hear it many times before we really do, because expectation brings us the image, and we mistake it for sensation.