Definition for FAINT

FAINT, v.i.

  1. To lose the animal functions; to lose strength and color, and become senseless and motionless; to swoon; sometimes with away. He fainted for loss of blood. On hearing the honor intended her, she fainted away. Guardian.
  2. To become feeble; to decline or fail in strength and vigor; to be weak. If I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way. Mark viii.
  3. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit. Let not your hearts faint. Deut. xx. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. Prov. xxiv.
  4. To decay; to disappear; to vanish. Gilded clouds, while we gaze on them, faint before the eye. Pope.

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