Fainting fit, a fainting or swoon; syncope. [Colloq.]

(Faint"ish), a. Slightly faint; somewhat faint.Faint"ish*ness, n.

Fainéant to Faith

(||Fai`né`ant") a. [F.; fait he does + néant nothing.] Doing nothing; shiftless.n. A do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard. Sir W. Scott.

(Faint) a. [Compar. Fainter (-er); superl. Faintest.] [OE. feint, faint, false, faint, F. feint, p. p. of feindre to feign, suppose, hesitate. See Feign, and cf. Feint.]

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." Old Proverb.

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.

The saint,
Who propped the Virgin in her faint.
Sir W. Scott.

(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.

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.

(Faint) v. t. To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken. [Obs.]

It faints me to think what follows.

(Faint"-heart`ed) a. Wanting in courage; depressed by fear; easily discouraged or frightened; cowardly; timorous; dejected.

Fear not, neither be faint- hearted.
Is. vii. 4.

Faint"-heart`ed*ly, adv.Faint"-heart`ed*ness, n.

(Faint"ing) n. Syncope, or loss of consciousness owing to a sudden arrest of the blood supply to the brain, the face becoming pallid, the respiration feeble, and the heat's beat weak.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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