weak [wēk]
[ME waik < ON veikr, akin to OE wac, feeble (which the ON word replaced) < IE * weig-, * weik- (< base * wei-, to bend) > WEEK, WICKER, L vicis, change]
a) lacking in strength of body or muscle; not physically strong
b) lacking vitality; feeble; infirm
2. lacking in skill or strength in combat or competition [a weak team]
3. lacking in moral strength or willpower; yielding easily to temptation, the influence of others, etc.
4. lacking in mental power, or in the ability to think, judge, decide, etc.
a) lacking ruling power, or authority [a weak government]
b) having few resources; relatively low in wealth, numbers, supplies, etc. [the weaker nations]
6. lacking in force or effectiveness [weak discipline]
a) lacking in strength of material or construction; unable to resist strain, pressure, etc.; easily torn, broken, bent, etc. [a weak railing]
b) not sound or secure; unable to stand up to an attack [a weak fortification]
a) not functioning normally or well: said of a body organ or part [weak eyes]
b) easily upset; queasy [a weak stomach]
9. indicating or suggesting moral or physical lack of strength [weak features]
10. lacking in volume, intensity, etc.; faint [a weak voice, a weak current]
11. lacking the usual or proper strength; specif.,
a) having only a small amount of its essential ingredient; diluted [weak tea]
b) not as potent as usual or as others of the kind [a weak drug]
c) lacking, poor, or deficient in something specified [weak in grammar, a baseball team weak in pitchers]
a) ineffective; unconvincing [a weak argument]
b) faulty [weak logic]
13. tending toward lower prices: said of a market, stock, etc.
14. Chem. having a low ion concentration: said as of certain acids and bases
15. Gram. expressing variation in tense by the addition of an inflectional suffix rather than by internal change of a syllabic vowel; regular (Ex.: talk, talked, talked): cf. STRONG, adj. 20
16. Phonet. unstressed or lightly stressed: said of a syllable
17. Photog. THIN (sense 10)
18. Prosody designating or of a verse ending in which the stress falls on a word or syllable that is normally unstressed
SYN.- WEAK, the broadest in application of these words, basically implies a lack or inferiority of physical, mental, or moral strength [a weak muscle, mind, character, foundation, excuse, etc. ]; FEEBLE suggests a pitiable weakness or ineffectiveness [a feeble old man, a feeble joke ]; FRAIL1 suggests an inherent or constitutional delicacy or weakness, so as to be easily broken or shattered [a frail body, conscience, etc. ]; INFIRM suggests a loss of strength or soundness, as through illness or age [his infirm old grandfather ]; DECREPIT implies a being broken down, worn out, or decayed, as by old age or long use [a decrepit old pensioner, a decrepit sofa ] -ANT. STRONG, STURDY1, ROBUST

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