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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.