- the impure spirit produced in the first and last stages of the distillation of whiskey.
Origin of faints
- lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
- feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance.
- feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger.
- lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid.
- Law. unfounded: a faint action.
- to lose consciousness temporarily.
- to lose brightness.
- Archaic. to grow weak; lose spirit or courage.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for faints
Danny suddenly gets visions of bloody elevators and faints, and is looked over by a doctor.'The Shining': The Craziest Theories Behind the Film
March 28, 2013
When the emotion is in full flood, the animal fights, flees, or faints.Evolution in Modern Thought
When he faints or falls on the ground, he is raised up and urged to move on.
When he succeeds in doing this she faints away, but has to submit to her doom.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
If a man's pain exceeds a certain amount, he faints, and so gets relief.Elsie Venner
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
My dear Hiram,” cried Mrs. Otis, “what can we do with a woman who faints?Humorous Ghost Stories
- a variant spelling of feints
- lacking clarity, brightness, volume, etca faint noise
- lacking conviction or force; weakfaint praise
- feeling dizzy or weak as if about to lose consciousness
- without boldness or courage; timid (esp in the combination faint-hearted)
- not the faintest, not the faintest idea or not the faintest notion no idea whatsoeverI haven't the faintest
- to lose consciousness, esp momentarily, as through weakness
- archaic, or poetic to fail or become weak, esp in hope or courage
- a sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brainTechnical name: syncope
Word Origin and History for faints
c.1300, "wanting in courage," now mostly in faint-hearted (mid-15c.), from Old French feint "soft, weak, sluggish," past participle of feindre "hesitate, falter, be indolent, show weakness, avoid one's duty by pretending" (see feign). Sense of "weak, feeble" is early 14c. Meaning "producing a feeble impression upon the senses" is from 1650s.
"grow weak" (c.1300); "lose heart" (mid-14c.); see faint (adj.). Sense of "swoon" is c.1400. Related: Fainted; fainting.
- An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope.
- Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.
Idioms and Phrases with faints
see damn with faint praise.