To cease giving milk to an offspring; to accustom and reconcile (a child or young animal) to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder.
* Bible, Genesis xxi. 8
- The cow has weaned her calf.
To cause to quit something to which one is addicted or habituated.
- Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned .
* Jonathan Swift
- He managed to wean himself off heroin.
To cease to depend on the mother for nourishment.
- The troubles of age were intended to wean us gradually from our fondness of life.
To cease to depend.
- The kittens are finally weaning .
- She is weaning from her addiction to tobacco.
(Scotland) A small child.
* 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, p. 92:
- Pigs, cows and sheep and wee ducks, that was what he bought and it was just for weans and wee lasses. I said it to my maw.
* Elizabeth Browning
- Oh it is not weans' it is children. Oh Kieron, it is children and girls, do not say ' weans and lasses.
- I, being but a yearling wean .
(weak) Most weak.
* weakest link
Lacking in force (usually strength) or ability.
- a poor, infirm, weak , and despised old man
Unable to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain.
- weak with hunger, mad with love
Unable to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable.
- a weak''' timber; a '''weak rope
* Joseph Addison, The Fair Petinent Act I, scene I:
- weak''' resolutions; '''weak virtue
Dilute, lacking in taste or potency.
- Guard thy heart / On this weak side, where most our nature fails.
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(grammar) Displaying a particular kind of inflection, including:
# (Germanic languages, of verbs) Regular in inflection, lacking vowel changes and having a past tense with -d- or -t-.
# (Germanic languages, of nouns) Showing less distinct grammatical endings.
# (Germanic languages, of adjectives) Definite in meaning, often used with a definite article or similar word.
(physics) One of the four fundamental forces associated with nuclear decay.
(slang) Bad or uncool.
(mathematics, logic) Having a narrow range of logical consequences; narrowly applicable. (Often contrasted with a statement which implies it.)
Resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish.
Not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained.
- If evil thence ensue, / She first his weak indulgence will accuse.
- The prosecution advanced a weak case.
Lacking in vigour or expression.
- convinced of his weak arguing
Not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble.
- a weak''' sentence; a '''weak style
(stock exchange) Tending towards lower prices.
- weak prayers
- a weak market
* (lacking in force or ability) feeble, frail, powerless, vincible, assailable ,vulnerable
* (lacking in taste or potency) dilute, watery
* See also
* (lacking in force or ability) healthy, powerful, robust, strong, invincible
* (lacking in taste or potency) potent, robust, strong
* weak sister