from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state or condition of being faint; defect of strength; feebleness; deficiency of force, brightness, vividness, distinctness, or the like; want of vigor, energy, or heartiness; timorousness; dejection; irresolution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The state of being faint; loss of strength, or of consciousness, and self-control.
- noun Want of vigor or energy.
- noun Feebleness, as of color or light; lack of distinctness.
- noun Faint-heartedness; timorousness; dejection.
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- noun The property of being or feeling
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon
- noun the trait of lacking boldness and courage
- noun the property of being without strength
- noun barely audible
- noun the quality of being dim or lacking contrast
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When she asperged the warm water with cologne, -- it was her secret delight and greatest effort of economy to buy this cologne, -- she always had one little moment of what she called faintness -- that faintness which had veiled her eyes, and chained her hands, and stilled her throbbing bosom, when as a bride she came from the church with him.
His hands and feet were bound with iron: but his head, owing to faintness from the wounds he had received at Lumloch, was so bent down on his breast as he reclined on the boat, that I could not then see his face.
'I told you to wait outside, sir,' he said with exasperation, stating clearly that my faintness was my own fault.
As for a temporary faintness, that is by no means outside our experience.
The sense of extension may be ranked amongst these appetites, since the deficiency of its object gives disagreeable sensation; when this happens in the arterial system, it is called faintness, and seems to bear some analogy to hunger and to cold; which like it are attended with emptiness of a part of the vascular system.
Mr Witherden, sir, a kind of faintness is upon my spirits — if you would do me the favour to ring the bell and order up a glass of something warm and spicy, I shall, notwithstanding what has passed, have a melancholy pleasure in drinking your good health.
Maybe it was the words, or the sudden wash of feeling, the sadness that came over me like a kind of faintness, that made me yearn forward as I said those last words, and meant them with all my heart even as I felt the metal of that crowbar in my hand, I loved you, too,
Only for an immediate and transitory need, such as faintness or shock, is the quickly passing stimulating power of alcohol useful; and even for such purposes other stimulants are more valuable.
A trembling like that of faintness which is fought off by an effort of will ran over her, and he watched the pale, unsteady quiver of her eyelids.
Assyria (Re 17: 15). fainted -- literally, were "faintness" (itself); more forcible than the verb.