Crossword clues for weak
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Weak \Weak\ (w[=e]k), a. [Compar. Weaker (w[=e]k"[~e]r); superl. Weakest.] [OE. weik, Icel. veikr; akin to Sw. vek, Dan. veg soft, flexible, pliant, AS. w[=a]c weak, soft, pliant, D. week, G. weich, OHG. weih; all from the verb seen in Icel. v[=i]kja to turn, veer, recede, AS. w[=i]can to yield, give way, G. weichen, OHG. w[=i]hhan, akin to Skr. vij, and probably to E. week, L. vicis a change, turn, Gr. e'i`kein to yield, give way. [root]132. Cf. Week, Wink, v. i. Vicissitude.]
Wanting physical strength. Specifically:
Deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted.
A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.
Weak with hunger, mad with love.
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.
A voice not soft, weak, piping, and womanish.
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. Specifically:
Feeble of mind; wanting discernment; lacking vigor; spiritless; as, a weak king or magistrate.
To think every thing disputable is a proof of a weak mind and captious temper.
Origen was never weak enough to imagine that there were two Gods.
Resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish.
If evil thence ensue, She first his weak indulgence will accuse.
Not having full confidence or conviction; not decided or confirmed; vacillating; wavering.
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
--Rom. xiv. 1.
Not able to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable; as, weak resolutions; weak virtue.
Guard thy heart On this weak side, where most our nature fails.
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. ``Convinced of his weak arguing.''
A case so weak . . . hath much persisted in.
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. ``Weak prayers.''
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.
I must make fair weather yet awhile, Till Henry be more weak, and I more strong.
--Shak. (k) (Stock Exchange) 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) .
(Stock Exchange) Tending toward a lower price or lower prices; as, wheat is weak; a weak market.
(Card Playing) Lacking in good cards; deficient as to number or strength; as, a hand weak in trumps.
(Photog.) Lacking contrast; as, a weak negative.
Note: Weak is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, weak-eyed, weak-handed, weak-hearted, weak-minded, weak-spirited, and the like.
Weak declension (Anglo-Saxon Gram.), the declension of weak nouns; also, one of the declensions of adjectives.
Weak side, the side or aspect of a person's character or disposition by which he is most easily affected or influenced; weakness; infirmity.
Weak \Weak\, v. t. & i. [Cf. AS. w?can. w[=a]cian. See Weak, a.] To make or become weak; to weaken. [R.]
Never to seek weaking variety.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, from Old Norse veikr "weak," cognate with Old English wac "weak, pliant, soft," from Proto-Germanic *waikwa- "yield" (cognates: Old Saxon wek, Swedish vek, Middle Dutch weec, Dutch week "weak, soft, tender," Old High German weih "yielding, soft," German weich "soft"), from PIE root *weik- (4) "to bend, wind" (see vicarious).\n
\nSense of "lacking authority" is first recorded early 15c.; that of "lacking moral strength" late 14c. In grammar, denoting a verb inflected by regular syllabic addition rather than by change of the radical vowel, from 1833. Related: Weakly. Weak-kneed "wanting in resolve" is from 1870.
a. 1 Lacking in force (usually strength) or ability. 2 Unable to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain. 3 Unable to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable. 4 dilute, lacking in taste or potency.
adj. having little physical or spiritual strength; "a weak radio signal"; "a weak link" [ant: strong]
used of verbs having standard (or regular) inflection
lacking physical strength or vigor
characterized by excessive softness or self-indulgence; "an effeminate civilization" [syn: effeminate]
Weak may refer to:
- "Weak" (SWV song), 1993
- "Weak" (Skunk Anansie song), 1995
- "Weak", a song by Westlife from Gravity
- "Weak", a song by Seether from the band's compilation Seether: 2002-2013
- "Weak" (Melanie C song), 2011
- "Weak" (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
"Weak" is an R&B ballad recorded by the girl group SWV for their debut album, It's About Time (1992). It was written and produced by Brian Alexander Morgan, who composed the lyrics based upon his feelings towards R&B singer Chanté Moore. Morgan originally wrote the song for Charlie Wilson, but he later decided to give the song to the group. Morgan revealed that Coko didn't like the song and gave him attitude during the recording of the single.
"Weak" was released as the third single from SWV's album, following the top-ten success of "I'm So into You". The song hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in July 1993 where it stayed for two weeks, and also reached number six on the New Zealand Singles Charts; it went on to become their signature song. It also topped the Hot R&B Singles chart for two weeks. It sold over one million copies domestically and was awarded a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Teen singer JoJo covered "Weak" in 2004 on her self-titled debut album.
"Weak" is a song by Skunk Anansie, released as their fourth single. It was the last release to be taken from their debut album Paranoid & Sunburnt. The song is one of Skunk Anansie's well known releases, and often a favourite at festivals. Skin performs a slower, more ballad-like version at many of her solo gigs. The song has also been covered by Rod Stewart on his 1998 album " When We Were the New Boys".
"Weak" is a song by English singer-songwriter Melanie C from her fifth studio album The Sea. It was released as the third single from the album on 6 November 2011. The song was written by Chisholm, Ina Wroldsen and Jez Ashurt and produced by Andy Chatterley.
Usage examples of "weak".
Manner of performing the experiments--Action of distilled water in comparison with the solutions--Carbonate of ammonia, absorbed by the roots--The vapour absorbed by the glands--Drops on the disc--Minute drops applied to separate glands--Leaves immersed in weak solutions--Minuteness of the doses which induce aggregation of the protoplasm--Nitrate of ammonia, analogous experiments with--Phosphate of ammonia, analogous experiments with--Other salts of ammonia--Summary and concluding remarks on the action of salts of ammonia.
After a leaf had been left in a weak infusion of raw meat for 10 hours, the cells of the papillae had evidently absorbed animal matter, for instead of limpid fluid they now contained small aggregated masses of protoplasm, which slowly and incessantly changed their forms.
These cases of the simultaneous darkening or blackening of the glands from the action of weak solutions are important, as they show that all the glands absorbed the carbonate within the same time, which fact indeed there was not the least reason to doubt.
You may, therefore, comprehend, that being of no country, asking no protection from any government, acknowledging no man as my brother, not one of the scruples that arrest the powerful, or the obstacles which paralyze the weak, paralyzes or arrests me.
While I was staying with him I became acquainted with some of his weak points, and endeavoured to correct them, at which he took great offence.
Grasped, then, as an underlie in each order of Being, it can be no actualization of either: all that is allowed to it is to be a Potentiality, a weak and blurred phantasm, a thing incapable of a Shape of its own.
Being, it can be no actualization of either: all that is allowed to it is to be a Potentiality, a weak and blurred phantasm, a thing incapable of a Shape of its own.
The cigarette tastes good and it burns my throat and my lungs and though it is the lowest and weakest drug that I am addicted to, it is still a drug and it feels fucking good.
He stood by his assertion that cocaine could be useful in the process of weaning opium addicts from their addiction, justifiying this statement by asserting that cocaine would be addictive only to a certain type of weak personality.
Before, he had withheld from me that which he had adjudged me too weak to know.
I saw the makings of a great adventurer in him, but I thought his luxury would prove the weak point in his cuirass.
And therefore I wander these solitary and desolate places in search of adventures, determined to bring my arm and my person to the most dangerous that fortune may offer, in defense of the weak and helpless.
They hovered as best they could on their weak aerofoils, but the breeze caught them up and carried them away, and the night became still again.
He heard his complaints with great patience and affability, assured him of his assistance and protection, and even undertook to introduce him to the empress-queen, who would not suffer the weakest of her subjects to be oppressed, much less disregard the cause of an injured young nobleman, who, by his own services, and those of his family, was peculiarly entitled to her favour.
We cannot, In conclusion, too strongly condemn the general resort to strong diuretics so often prescribed by physicians for all forms of renal maladies, but which, by over-stimulating the already weak and delicate kidneys, only aggravate and render incurable thousands of cases annually.