fainter, faintest, faints, fainting, fainted
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A faint sound, colour, mark, feeling, or quality has very little strength or intensity.

He became aware of the soft, faint sounds of water dripping...

The room held the faint, sweet odour of pipe tobacco...

He could see faint lines in her face...

There was still the faint hope deep within him that she might never need to know.

Derived words:
faintly ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v, also ADV adj

He was already asleep in the bed, which smelled faintly of mildew...

She felt faintly ridiculous.

2) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n A faint attempt at something is one that is made without proper effort and with little enthusiasm.

Caroline made a faint attempt at a laugh...

A faint smile crossed the Monsignor's face and faded quickly...

Ten years ago today the US Center for Disease Control published the first faint warnings of a worldwide epidemic.

Derived words:
faintly ADV-GRADED ADV after v

John smiled faintly and shook his head.

3) VERB If you faint, you lose consciousness for a short time, especially because you are hungry, or because of pain, heat, or shock.

She suddenly fell forward on to the table and fainted...

I thought he'd faint when I kissed him.

N-COUNT: oft in a N
Faint is also a noun.

She slumped to the ground in a faint.

4) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ Someone who is faint feels weak and unsteady as if they are about to lose consciousness.

Other signs of angina are nausea, sweating, feeling faint and shortness of breath.

Derived words:
faintness N-UNCOUNT

One patient suffered headaches, nausea, and faintness.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Faint — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Faint» Sencillo de Linkin Park del álbum Meteora Publicación 1 de julio de 2003 Formato CD …   Wikipedia Español

  • Faint — (f[=a]nt), a. [Compar. {Fainter} ( [ e]r); superl. {Faintest}.] [OE. feint, faint, false, faint, F. feint, p. p. of feindre to feign, suppose, hesitate. See {Feign}, and cf. {Feint}.] 1. Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • faint — faint·ing·ly; faint·ly; faint·ness; faint; faint·heart·ed·ly; faint·heart·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • Faint — Faint, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fainted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fainting}.] 1. To become weak or wanting in vigor; to grow feeble; to lose strength and color, and the control of the bodily or mental functions; to swoon; sometimes with away. See {Fainting} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • faint — [adj1] having little effect on senses aside, bated, bland, bleached, blurred, breathless, deadened, deep, delicate, dim, distant, dull, dusty, faded, faltering, far off, feeble, gentle, hazy, hoarse, hushed, ill defined, imperceptible, inaudible …   New thesaurus

  • Faint — Faint, n. The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See {Fainting}, n. [1913 Webster] The saint, Who propped the Virgin in her faint. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Faint — Faint, v. t. To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It faints me to think what follows. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Faint — Faint: Faint  песня группы Linkin Park. The Faint  американская инди рок группа. Список зна …   Википедия

  • faint — faint, feint Both words come from the same Old French root feindre ‘to feign’. Faint is used as an adjective meaning ‘indistinct, pale’ or ‘feeling dizzy’, as a noun meaning ‘a loss of consciousness’, and as a verb meaning ‘to lose consciousness’ …   Modern English usage

  • faint — [fānt] adj. [ME feint < OFr, sluggish, orig. pp. of feindre: see FEIGN] 1. without strength; weak; feeble 2. without courage or hope; timid 3. done without strength, vigor, or enthusiasm; halfhearted 4. feeling weak and dizzy, as if about to… …   English World dictionary

  • Faint — may refer to: * Syncope (medicine), a medical term for fainting * Faint (song), a song by Linkin park * Feint, a maneuver designed to distract or mislead * Feint (song), a song by Epica …   Wikipedia

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