faint /ˈfent/ 形容詞
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 away. --Guardian.
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 vanish.
Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye. --Pope.
Faint a. [Compar. Fainter superl. Faintest.]
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.”
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, n.
Who propped the Virgin in her faint. --Sir W. Scott.
Faint v. t. To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. [Obs.]
It faints me to think what follows. --Shak.
adj 1: barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or
loudness etc; "a faint outline"; "the wan sun cast
faint shadows"; "the faint light of a distant candle";
"faint colors"; "a faint hissing sound"; "a faint
2: lacking clarity or distinctness; "a dim figure in the
distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures
in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through
the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood" [syn: dim,
shadowy, vague, wispy]
3: lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise";
"faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice"
4: weak and likely to lose consciousness; "suddenly felt faint
from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt
light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with
wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep" [syn: light, swooning,
5: indistinctly understood or felt or perceived; "a faint clue
to the origin of the mystery"; "haven't the faintest idea"
6: lacking conviction or boldness or courage; "faint heart
ne'er won fair lady" [syn: fainthearted, timid]
n : a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient
blood to the brain [syn: swoon, syncope, deliquium]
v : pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due
to a loss of blood supply to the brain [syn: conk, swoon,