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Meaning of 'weak' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Weak [ a.]
- To make or become weak; to weaken.
2 . Weak [ v. i.]
- Wanting physical strength.
- Deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted.
- Not able to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain; as, a weak timber; a weak rope.
- Not firmly united or adhesive; easily broken or separated into pieces; not compact; as, a weak ship.
- Not stiff; pliant; frail; soft; as, the weak stalk of a plant.
- Not able to resist external force or onset; easily subdued or overcome; as, a weak barrier; as, a weak fortress.
- Lacking force of utterance or sound; not sonorous; low; small; feeble; faint.
- Not thoroughly or abundantly impregnated with the usual or required ingredients, or with stimulating and nourishing substances; of less than the usual strength; as, weak tea, broth, or liquor; a weak decoction or solution; a weak dose of medicine.
- Lacking ability for an appropriate function or office; as, weak eyes; a weak stomach; a weak magistrate; a weak regiment, or army.
- Not possessing or manifesting intellectual, logical, moral, or political strength, vigor, etc.
- Feeble of mind; wanting discernment; lacking vigor; spiritless; as, a weak king or magistrate.
- Resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish.
- Not having full confidence or conviction; not decided or confirmed; vacillating; wavering.
- Not able to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable; as, weak resolutions; weak virtue.
- Wanting in power to influence or bind; as, weak ties; a weak sense of honor of duty.
- Not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained; as, a weak argument or case.
- Wanting in point or vigor of expression; as, a weak sentence; a weak style.
- Not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble.
- Lacking in elements of political strength; not wielding or having authority or energy; deficient in the resources that are essential to a ruler or nation; as, a weak monarch; a weak government or state.
- Tending towards lower prices; as, a weak market.
- Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) and past participle by adding to the present the suffix -ed, -d, or the variant form -t; as in the verbs abash, abashed; abate, abated; deny, denied; feel, felt. See Strong, 19 (a).
- Pertaining to, or designating, a noun in Anglo-Saxon, etc., the stem of which ends in -n. See Strong, 19 (b).

Meaning of 'weak' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . weak [ a]
Meaning (1):
- wanting in physical strength
Example in sentence:
  • a weak pillar
2 . weak [ s]
Meaning (2):
- deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
Example in sentence:
  • a faint aroma;
  • a faint hissing sound;
  • a faint outline;
  • a weak pulse;
  • the faint light of a distant candle;
  • the wan sun cast faint shadows;
  • weak colors
Meaning (3):
- lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
Example in sentence:
  • a feeble old woman;
  • her body looked sapless
Meaning (4):
- (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
Example in sentence:
  • a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable;
  • a weak stress on the second syllable
Meaning (5):
- tending downward in price
Example in sentence:
  • a weak market for oil stocks
Meaning (6):
- deficient in intelligence or mental power
Example in sentence:
  • a weak mind
Meaning (7):
- not having authority, political strength, or governing power
Example in sentence:
  • a weak president
Meaning (8):
- wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
Example in sentence:
  • frail humanity;
  • I'm only a fallible human
Meaning (9):
- deficient or lacking in some skill
Example in sentence:
  • he's weak in spelling
Meaning (10):
- likely to fail under stress or pressure
Example in sentence:
  • the weak link in the chain
Meaning (11):
- overly diluted; thin and insipid
Example in sentence:
  • washy coffee;
  • watery milk;
  • weak tea