WEAKNESS, n. 1. Want of physical strength; want of force or vigor; feebleness; as the weakness of a child; the weakness of an invalid; the weakness of a wall or bridge, or of thread or cordage. 2. Want of sprightliness. Soft, without weakness; without glaring, gay. 3. Want of steadiness. By such a review, we shall discern and strengthen our weaknesses. 4. Infirmity; unhealthiness; as weakness of constitution. 5. Want of moral force or effect upon the mind; as the weakness of evidence; the weakness of arguments. 6. Want of judgment; feebleness of mind; foolishness. All wickedness is weakness. 7. Defect; failing; fault; with a plural. Many take pleasure in spreading abroad the weaknesses of an exalted character.
n 1: a flaw or weak point; "he was quick to point out his wife's failings" [syn: failing, weakness] 2: powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; "in spite of their weakness the group remains active" [syn: helplessness, weakness, impuissance] 3: the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed" [ant: strength] 4: the condition of being financially weak; "the weakness of the dollar against the yen" [ant: strength] 5: a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you; "he has a weakness for chocolate"
nounDate: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being weak; also an instance or period of being weak <backed down in a moment of weakness> 2.fault, defect3.a. a special desire or fondness <has a weakness for sweets> b. an object of special desire or fondness <pizza is my weakness>
Weakness Weak"ness, n. 1. The quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness. 2. That which is a mark of lack of strength or resolution; a fault; a defect. Many take pleasure in spreading abroad the weakness of an exalted character. --Spectator. Syn: Feebleness; debility; languor; imbecility; infirmness; infirmity; decrepitude; frailty; faintness.
(weaknesses) If you have a weaknessfor something, you like it very much, although this is perhaps surprising or undesirable. Stephen himself had a weakness for cats...His one weakness, apart from aeroplanes, is ice cream.N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N for nsee alsoweak