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Swoon definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SWOON, v.i. To faint; to sink into a fainting fit, in which there is a suspension of the apparent vital functions and mental powers.
The most in years swoon'd first away for pain.
He seemed ready to swoon away in the surprise of joy.
SWOON, n. A fainting fit; lipothymy; syncope.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain [syn: faint, swoon, syncope, deliquium] v
1: pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain [syn: faint, conk, swoon, pass out]

Merriam Webster's

I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English swounen, probably back-formation from swouning, swowening, from iswowen, aswoune, from Old English gesw?gen in a swoon Date: 13th century 1. a. faint b. to become enraptured <swooning with joy> 2. droop, fade swooner noun swooningly adverb II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. a partial or total loss of consciousness b. a state of bewilderment or ecstasy ; daze, rapture 2. a state of suspended animation ; torpor swoony adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. literary --v.intr. faint; fall into a fainting-fit. --n. an occurrence of fainting. Etymology: ME swoune perh. back-form. f. swogning (n.) f. iswogen f. OE geswogen overcome

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Swoon Swoon, n. A fainting fit; syncope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Swoon Swoon, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Swooned; p. pr. & vb. n. Swooning.] [OE. swounen, swoghenen, for swo?nien, fr. swo?en to sigh deeply, to droop, AS. sw[=o]gan to sough, sigh; cf. gesw[=o]gen senseless, swooned, gesw[=o]wung a swooning. Cf. Sough.] To sink into a fainting fit, in which there is an apparent suspension of the vital functions and mental powers; to faint; -- often with away. The sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. --Lam. ii. 11. The most in years . . . swooned first away for pain. --Dryden. He seemed ready to swoon away in the surprise of joy. --Tatler.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(swoons, swooning, swooned) If you swoon, you are strongly affected by your feelings for someone you love or admire very much. Virtually every woman in the '20s swooned over Valentino... The ladies shriek and swoon at his every word. VERB: V over n, V, also V adv

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. Faint, faint away. II. n. Syncope, fainting, fainting fit.

Moby Thesaurus

KO, black out, blackout, catalepsy, catatonia, catatony, coma, crap out, die away, drop, drown, encephalitis lethargica, faint, fall senseless, gray out, grayout, high, kayo, keel over, knockout, lethargy, lipothymia, lipothymy, narcohypnosis, narcolepsy, narcoma, narcosis, narcotic stupor, narcotization, nirvana, nirvana principle, nod, nothingness, oblivion, obliviousness, pass out, sedation, semiconsciousness, senselessness, shock, sleep, sleeping sickness, sopor, stupor, succumb, syncope, thanatosis, trance, unconsciousness


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