faint ADJECTIVE 1) (of a sight, smell, or sound) barely perceptible. 2) (of a hope, chance, or idea) slight. 3) close to losing consciousness.
VERB briefly lose consciousness because of an insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain.
NOUN a sudden loss of consciousness.
DERIVATIVES faintly adverb faintness noun.
ORIGIN Old French, from Latin fingere 'mould, contrive' ; related to FEIGN(Cf. ↑feign).

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  • Faintness — Faint ness, n. 1. The state of being faint; loss of strength, or of consciousness, and self control. [1913 Webster] 2. Want of vigor or energy. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. Feebleness, as of color or light; lack of distinctness; as, faintness of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • faintness — index indistinctness, obscuration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • faintness — late 14c., from FAINT (Cf. faint) (adj.) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Faintness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Faintness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 faintness faintness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 faint sound faint sound whisper breath Sgm: N 1 undertone undertone underbreath Sgm: N 1 murmur murmur …   English dictionary for students

  • faintness — noun 1. a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon • Derivationally related forms: ↑faint • Hypernyms: ↑feeling 2. the property of being without strength the faintness or potency of the feeling • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • faintness — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Weakness of sound Nouns 1. faintness, softness, lowness, indistinctness; decrescendo, diminuendo. See sound, silence, weakness. 2. (faint sound) murmur, mumble, mutter, whisper, undertone, muffled tone(s); …   English dictionary for students

  • faintness — noun see faint I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • faintness — See fainter. * * * …   Universalium

  • faintness — noun The property of being or feeling faint …   Wiktionary

  • faintness — faint·ness nəs n the state or condition of being faint: partial or near loss of consciousness …   Medical dictionary

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