Faint (fānt), a.
[Compar. Fainter (-ẽr);
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, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
2. Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy;
timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, "Faint heart
ne'er won fair lady." Old Proverb.
3. Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible;
striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or
forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
4. Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or
feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as,
faint efforts; faint resistance.
The faint prosecution of the war.
Sir J. Davies.
Faint, n. The act of fainting, or
the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See Fainting,
The saint, Sir W.
Who propped the Virgin in her 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, n.
Hearing the honor intended her, she fainted
If I send them away fasting . . . they will
faint by the way. Mark viii. 8.
2. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or
spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy
strength is small. Prov. xxiv. 10.
3. To decay; to disappear; to
Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint
before the eye. Pope.
Faint (?), v. t. To cause to faint
or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. [Obs.]
It faints me to think what