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Definition 1: wanting in physical strength - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a weak pillar

(weak is similar to ...) badly or hastily built

"mean little jerry-built houses"

(weak is similar to ...) (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

"the pale light of a half moon" "a pale sun" "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street" "a pallid sky" "the pale (or wan) stars" "the wan light of dawn"

(weak is similar to ...) weak in willpower, courage or vitality

(weak is similar to ...) capable of being wounded or hurt

"vulnerable parts of the body"

(weak is similar to ...) lacking solidity or strength

"a flimsy table" "flimsy construction" "vinyl siding has become the standard-bearer for cheap, insubstantial construction"

(weak is similar to ...) pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness

"a feeble excuse" "a lame argument"

(weak is similar to ...) lacking strength or vigor

"damning with faint praise" "faint resistance" "feeble efforts" "a feeble voice"

(weak is similar to ...) lacking energy or vitality

(weak is similar to ...) lacking vigor or energy

"an anemic attempt to hit the baseball"

(weak is similar to ...) made weak or weaker

(weak is similar to ...) without energy or will

"gave a limp handshake" "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" "the afternoon heat left her feeling wilted"

(weak is similar to ...) inferior in strength or significance

"a puny physique" "puny excuses"

(means also ...) physically untoughened

"tender feet"

(means also ...) lacking power

(means also ...) exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

"a delicate violin passage" "delicate china" "a delicate flavor" "the delicate wing of a butterfly"

(... are attributes of weak) the property of being physically or mentally strong

"fatigue sapped his strength"

Definition 2: overly diluted; thin and insipid - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • washy coffee
  • watery milk
  • weak tea

Synonyms for weak in the sense of this definition

(weak is similar to ...) reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity

"diluted alcohol" "a dilute solution" "dilute acetic acid"

Definition 3: tending downward in price - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a weak market for oil stocks

(weak is similar to ...) being or moving lower in position or less in some value

"lay face down" "the moon is down" "our team is down by a run" "down by a pawn" "the stock market is down today"

Definition 4: likely to fail under stress or pressure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the weak link in the chain

(weak is similar to ...) likely to fail or make errors

"everyone is fallible to some degree"

Definition 5: lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a feeble old woman
  • her body looked sapless

Synonyms for weak in the sense of this definition

(weak is similar to ...) physically weak

"an invalid's frail body"

Definition 6: wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm only a fallible human
  • frail humanity

Synonyms for weak in the sense of this definition

(weak is similar to ...) having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings

"human beings" "the human body" "human kindness" "human frailty"

Definition 7: deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a faint outline
  • the wan sun cast faint shadows
  • the faint light of a distant candle
  • weak colors
  • a faint hissing sound
  • a faint aroma
  • a weak pulse

Synonyms for weak in the sense of this definition

(weak is similar to ...) capable of being perceived by the mind or senses

"a perceptible limp" "easily perceptible sounds" "perceptible changes in behavior" "a perceptible sense of expectation in the court"

Definition 8: not having authority, political strength, or governing power - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a weak president

(weak is similar to ...) lacking power

Definition 9: (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(weak is similar to ...) in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle

"his regular calls on his customers" "regular meals" "regular duties"

(weak belongs to category ...) the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

Definition 10: deficient in intelligence or mental power - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a weak mind

(weak is similar to ...) lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity

Definition 11: deficient or lacking in some skill - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he's weak in spelling

(weak is similar to ...) not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

"unskilled in the art of rhetoric" "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber" "unskilled labor" "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities" "unskilled workmanship"

Definition 12: (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where weak or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable
  • a weak stress on the second syllable

Synonyms for weak in the sense of this definition

(weak is similar to ...) not bearing a stress or accent

"short vowels are unstressed"

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