Pronunciation: (fānt), [key]
—adj., -er, -est,
1. lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
2. feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance.
3. feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger.
4. lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid.
5. Law.unfounded: a faint action.
1. to lose consciousness temporarily.
2. to lose brightness.
3. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.