The younger, older, and more sensitive you are, the fainter your fingerprints, Lightflower told me in an interview.
But, she continues, “the earlier in life the drugs are begun, the fewer and fainter those traces and markers are likely to be.”
Now it sounded louder as the breeze stirred; now fainter when it shifted, so that a mournful echo only throbbed in my ears.
And then the fainter, final asseverations of the more distant bells—twelve!
fainter and fainter grew the outline of her sails, until at last they were lost to sight altogether.
Another little sigh, fainter than before, followed, and all was still.
The sound he made, while galloping over the leaves and through the bushes, grew fainter and fainter until it died out altogether.
The sound of her lover's footsteps grew fainter and fainter.
And then another and a fainter light flickered in the hall, and after a few seconds the front-door opened.
It was a fainter voice now, and the color was going up her cheeks.
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. adj.
Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.