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Dictionary definition for: Faint

1. (n) a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

2. (v) pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

3. (s) 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 aroma"

4. (s) 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"

5. (s) lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise" "faint resistance" "feeble efforts" "a feeble voice"

6. (s) 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"

7. (s) indistinctly understood or felt or perceived; "a faint clue to the origin of the mystery" "haven''t the faintest idea"

8. (s) lacking conviction or boldness or courage; "faint heart ne''er won fair lady"

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