faint idea

faint idea
weak idea, undeveloped idea, idea which is still being developed

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Idea — • The word was originally Greek, but passed without change into Latin. It seems first to have meant form, shape, or appearance, whence, by an easy transition, it acquired the connotation of nature, or kind Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • faint — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a sight, smell, or sound) barely perceptible. 2) (of a hope, chance, or idea) slight. 3) close to losing consciousness. ► VERB ▪ briefly lose consciousness because of an insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain. ► NOUN ▪ a… …   English terms dictionary

  • faint — faint1 [feınt] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: faindre, feindre to pretend ; FEIGN] 1.) difficult to see, hear, smell etc ▪ She gave a faint smile. ▪ a very faint noise ▪ the faint light of dawn 2.) a faint hope/possibility/ch …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • faint — 1 adjective 1 difficult to see, hear, smell etc: a faint noise | the faint outline of the cliffs 2 a faint hope/chance/feeling etc a very small or slight chance etc: There s still a faint hope that they might be alive. | There was a faint edge of …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • faint — adj., v., & n. adj. 1 indistinct, pale, dim; not clearly perceived. 2 (of a person) weak or giddy; inclined to faint. 3 slight, remote, inadequate (a faint chance). 4 feeble, half hearted (faint praise). 5 timid (a faint heart). 6 (also feint)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • faint — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} verb ADVERB ▪ almost, nearly VERB + FAINT ▪ be about to, be going to ▪ He was so pale she thought he was going to faint. PRE …   Collocations dictionary

  • faint — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English faint, feint, from Anglo French, from past participle of feindre, faindre to feign, lose heart more at feign Date: 14th century 1. lacking courage and spirit ; cowardly < faint of heart > 2. weak, dizzy, and …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • faint — adjective 1》 (of a sight, smell, or sound) barely perceptible.     ↘(of a hope, chance, or idea) slight. 2》 close to losing consciousness. verb briefly lose consciousness because of a temporarily insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain. noun a …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Indo-China — • The most easterly of the three great peninsulas of Southern Asia, is bounded on the north by the mountains of Assam, the Plateau of Yun nan, and the mountains of Kwang si; on the east by the province of Kwang si (Canton), the Gulf of Tong king …   Catholic encyclopedia

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