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faint

a sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brain
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Faintly and more faintly the inner voices now pleaded with her to pause on the downward way.
It passed, scrap- ing faintly across the cellar door.
As it passed away, he drew his hand feebly across his clammy brow, and, smiling faintly, resumed his speech,--"on the brink of the grave, at a moment when all thoughts of me must be connected with the image of death, there can no longer be any necessity for silence.
She became a little more indulgent and smiled faintly as she looked at him.
But Robin shook his head and smiled faintly where he lay.
"What happened?" he asked faintly as he opened his eyes.
On one of those ugly nights, which we have faintly hinted at, but forborne to picture forth, the minister started from his chair.
While they talked of him he stood a little apart from the others, watching the noisy party with a good-humoured but faintly supercilious expression.
There was something, it seemed to him, which reminded him, however faintly, of the mornings in his own land,--the perfume of the flowers from the window-boxes, perhaps, the absence of that hideous roar of traffic, or the faint aromatic scent from the lime trees in the Park, heavy from recent rain.
I see, faintly, down the dim vista of the Past, an agreeable figure, like myself, with a cocked hat under its arm, black tights on its lightly tripping legs, a rosette in its buttonhole, and an engaging smile on its face, walking from end to end of the room, in the character of Master of the Ceremonies.
WILL you go and do what I ask and stop talking," moaned the man, faintly. And, with a little sobbing cry, Pollyanna went.
'Then,' said Miggs, more faintly than before, 'it's fire.