Faint vs Minute - What's the difference?

faint | minute |

As verbs the difference between faint and minute

is that faint is to lose consciousness caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions) while minute is .

As an adjective faint

is lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.

As a noun faint

is the act of fainting.




  • Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
  • Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.
  • "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.
  • Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
  • Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
  • * Sir J. Davies
  • the faint prosecution of the war
  • * 2005 , .
  • do you have the faintest understanding of what they mean?

    Derived terms

    * damn with faint praise


    (en noun)
  • The act of fainting.
  • (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To lose consciousness. Caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).
  • * Bible, Mark viii. 8
  • If I send them away fasting they will faint by the way.
  • * Guardian
  • Hearing the honour intended her, she fainted away.
  • To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xxiv. 10
  • If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
  • To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye.


    * pass out * queal * swoon


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    (wikipedia minute)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) minute, from


    (en noun)
  • A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
  • You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
  • A short but unspecified time period.
  • Wait a minute , I’m not ready yet!
  • A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
  • We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one minute of arc.
  • (in the plural, minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting.
  • Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.
  • A minute of use of a telephone or other network, especially a cell phone network.
  • If you buy this phone, you’ll get 100 free minutes .
  • A point in time; a moment.
  • * Dryden
  • I go this minute to attend the king.
  • A nautical or a geographic mile.
  • An old coin, a half farthing.
  • (obsolete) A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a whit.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • minutes and circumstances of his passion
  • (architecture) A fixed part of a module.
  • Derived terms
    * minute bell * minute book * minute glass * minute gun
    * instant, jiffy, mo, moment, sec, second, tic * (unit of angular measure) minute of arc


  • Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
  • I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
  • * Charles Dickens
  • I dare say there was a vast amount of minuting , memoranduming, and dispatch-boxing, on this mighty subject.
  • * 1995, Edmund Dell, The Schuman Plan and the British Abdication of Leadership in Europe [http://print.google.com/print?hl=en&id=us6DpQrcaVEC&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&sig=8WYGZFKFxIhE4WPCpVkzDvHpO1A]
  • On 17 November 1949 Jay minuted Cripps, arguing that trade liberalization on inessentials was socially regressive.
  • * 1996, Peter Hinchliffe, The Other Battle [http://print.google.com/print?hl=en&id=vxBK8kHLTyIC&pg=PA78&lpg=PA78&sig=lXg1Kvn_f1KsmB4gdOv51h5nu8I]
  • The Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, Sir Richard Peirse, was sceptical of its findings, minuting, ‘I don’t think at this rate we could have hoped to produce the damage which is known to have been achieved.’
  • * 2003, David Roberts, Four Against the Arctic [http://print.google.com/print?hl=en&id=yPsgKV7zo_kC&pg=PA18&lpg=PA18&sig=WNGXG6bM-ja8NDueqgtdNrCkslM]
  • Mr. Klingstadt, chief Auditor of the Admiralty of that city, sent for and examined them very particularly concerning the events which had befallen them; minuting down their answers in writing, with an intention of publishing himself an account of their extraordinary adventures.
  • To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
  • * Bancroft
  • The Empress of Russia, with her own hand, minuted an edict for universal tolerance.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • Very small.
  • Very careful and exact, giving small details.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author=[http://www.americanscientist.org/authors/detail/fenella-saunders Fenella Saunders], magazine=(American Scientist)
  • , title=[http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2013/4/tiny-lenses-see-the-big-picture Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture] , passage=The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.}}
    * (small) * infinitesimal, insignificant, minuscule, tiny, trace * See also * (exact) * exact, exacting, excruciating, precise, scrupulous * See also
    * big, enormous, colossal, huge, significant, tremendous, vast