1. (n.) A deceptive movement to divert attention; a sham; that which is feigned\.

2. (a.) That which is feigned; an assumed or false appearance; a pretense; a stratagem; a fetch.

3. (n.) A mock blow or attack on one part when another part is intended to be struck; -- said of certain movements in fencing, boxing, war, etc.

4. (v. i.) To make a feint, or mock attack.

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