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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.
On one of those ugly nights, which we have faintly hinted at, but forborne to picture forth, the minister started from his chair.
He could not help admiring, and yet being awed by, a man who faintly despised so many things which Philip had looked upon as almost sacred.
He looked up to the skies, over the housetops, faintly blue, growing clearer every moment.
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.
Then,' said Miggs, more faintly than before, 'it's fire.
She recalled faintly an ecstasy of pain, the heavy odor of chloroform, a stupor which had deadened sensation, and an awakening to find a little new life to which she had given being, added to the great unnumbered multitude of souls that come and go.