from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A minor weakness or failing of character.
- n. The weaker section of a sword blade, from the middle to the tip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Weak.
- n. A quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way (usage is typically plural), that is slightly strange or silly.
- n. Part of a sword between the middle and the point, weaker than the forte.
- n. A weakness or failing of character.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Weak; feeble.
- n. A moral weakness; a failing; a weak point; a frailty.
- n. The half of a sword blade or foil blade nearest the point; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Feeble; weak.
- n. That part of the blade of a sword which is included between the middle and the point. Formerly also feeble and faible.
- n. A special weakness of character; a failing; a weak point; a fault of a not very serious kind.
- n. Synonyms Infirmity, imperfection, defect, fault.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
- n. the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
Obsolete French foible, weak point of a sword, weak, from Old French feble, weak; see feeble.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(1640-50) From Early Modern French foible ("feeble") (contemporary French faible). (Wiktionary)