[ adjective ] 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"
Used in print(A. N. Nagaraj and L. M. Black, "Localization of...)
After these treatments the conjugate did not stain healthy or crown_gall sweet_clover tissues or stained them a very faint green which was easily distinguishable from the bright yellow-green specific staining .(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)
He looked_out through windowpanes turned a faint violet by sun and weather , looked_out at King_'s_Bridge toward Westchester .(Marvin Schiller, "The Sheep's in the Meadow,"...)
I wore a new double-breasted brown worsted suit with a faint herringbone design and wide lapels like a devil 's ears .
[ adjective ] 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"
Used in print(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)
Faint at_first , the tapping grew until it sounded loud against the wind .(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)
One could hear a very faint , ladylike sigh of relief .
[ adjective ] lacking strength or vigor
"damning with faint praise" "faint resistance" "feeble efforts" "a feeble voice"
Used in print(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)
They were climbing the hill in the night when the headlights abruptly probed solid blackness , became two parallel luminous tubes which broadened out into a faint mist of light and ended .
[ adjective ] 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"
Used in print(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)
Planes made her feel faint , and in Tokyo , where she had gone that summer , she had been given raw fish for breakfast and so she had come straight home .
[ verb ] pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
Used in print(Anita Loos, No Mother to Guide Her....)
The attempt had failed because , when endeavoring to cut his wrists , this murderer of seven women had fainted at the sight of blood .
[ adjective ] indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
"a faint clue to the origin of the mystery" "haven't the faintest idea"