|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|1.||lacking clarity, brightness, volume, etc: a faint noise|
|2.||lacking conviction or force; weak: faint praise|
|3.||feeling dizzy or weak as if about to lose consciousness|
|4.||without boldness or courage; timid (esp in the combination faint-hearted)|
|5.||not the faintest, not the faintest idea, not the faintest notion no idea whatsoever: I haven't the faintest|
|6.||to lose consciousness, esp momentarily, as through weakness|
|7.||archaic, poetic or to fail or become weak, esp in hope or courage|
|8.||Technical name: syncope a sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brain|
|[C13: from Old French, from faindre to be idle]|
An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope. adj.
Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.