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.
2. 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. (Beattie) Origen was never weak enough to imagine that there were two gods. (Waterland)
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. (Addison)
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 b88 ]]. (Shak) Tending towards lower prices; as, a weak market.
3. 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 . Pertaining to, or designating, a noun in Anglo-saxon, etc, the stem of which ends in -n. See Strong, 19 .
Origin: OE. Weik, Icel. Veikr; akin to Sw. Vek, Dan. Veg soft, flexible, pliant, AS. Wac weak, soft, pliant, D. Week, G. Weich, OHG. Weih; all from the verb seen in Icel. Vikja to turn, veer, recede, AS. Wican to yield, give way, G. Weichen, OHG. Wihhan, akin to Skr. Vij, and probably to E. Week, L. Vicis a change, turn, Gr. To yield, give way. 132. Cf. Week, Wink, Vicissitude.