faints

or feints

[ feynts ]
/ feɪnts /
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noun (used with a plural verb)

the impure spirit produced in the first and last stages of the distillation of whiskey.
Compare foreshots.

Origin of faints

1735–45; noun use (in plural) of faint (adj.)

Definition for faints (2 of 2)

faint

[ feynt ]
/ feɪnt /

adjective, faint·er, faint·est.

verb (used without object)

noun

a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from a decreased flow of blood to the brain; a swoon: to fall into a faint.

Origin of faint

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of faindre, variant of feindre to feign
SYNONYMS FOR faint
2 faltering, irresolute, weak.
6 pass out, black out.
Related forms
Can be confusedfain faint feign feint
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British Dictionary definitions for faints (1 of 2)

faints

/ (feɪnts) /

pl n

a variant spelling of feints

British Dictionary definitions for faints (2 of 2)

faint

/ (feɪnt) /

adjective

verb (intr)

to lose consciousness, esp momentarily, as through weakness
archaic, or poetic to fail or become weak, esp in hope or courage

noun

a sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brainTechnical name: syncope
Derived Forms

Word Origin for faint

C13: from Old French, from faindre to be idle
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Medicine definitions for faints

faint

[ fānt ]

n.

An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope.

adj.

Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.
Related formsfaint v.
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Idioms and Phrases with faints

faint


see damn with faint praise.

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