feeble, adj. and n.
1. Of persons or animals, their limbs or organs: Lacking strength, weak, infirm. Now implying an extreme degree of weakness, and suggesting either pity or contempt. †Const. of, also to with inf.
a. Of things: Having little strength; weak, frail, fragile; slight, slender. Of a fortress, etc.: Having little power of resistance. Obs.
3. Lacking intellectual or moral strength.
a. Wanting in resources; ill-supplied, poor. Const. of. Obs.
†b. Of a grant of money, a meal: Scanty. Obs.
a. Of inferior quality, poor, mean. Often said of clothing, food, dwelling, etc. Obs.
†b. Of a period, event, etc.: Miserable, illstarred, unhappy. Obs.
a. of natural agents, powers, qualities, or operations.
b. of the mind, thoughts, etc.
c. of actions, feelings, utterances, etc.
7. Of an effect, phenomenon, etc.: Faintly perceptible, indistinct.
†2. Weakness, feebleness. Obs.Only in phrase for feeble, which may be explained as ellipsis = ‘For feeble that one is’; the substantival character of the sense is thus doubtful.
4. Fencing. The portion of a sword from the middle to the point; = foible n. 2.
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