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fast

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fast \Fast\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fasting}.] [AS. f[ae]stan; akin to D. vasten, OHG. fast[=e]n, G. fasten, Icel. & Sw. fasta, Dan. faste, Goth. fastan to keep, observe, fast, and prob. to E. fast firm.]

1. To abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry.

Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked. --Milton.

2. To practice abstinence as a religious exercise or duty; to abstain from food voluntarily for a time, for the mortification of the body or appetites, or as a token of grief, or humiliation and penitence.

Thou didst fast and weep for the child. --2 Sam. xii. 21.

{Fasting day}, a fast day; a day of fasting.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fast \Fast\, adjective [Compar. {Faster}; superl. {Fastest}.] [OE., firm, strong, not loose, AS. f[ae]st; akin to OS. fast, D. vast, OHG. fasti, festi, G. fest, Icel. fastr, Sw. & Dan. fast, and perh. to E. fetter. The sense swift comes from the idea of keeping close to what is pursued; a Scandinavian use. Cf. {Fast}, adverb, {Fast}, v., {Avast}.]

1. Firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door.

There is an order that keeps things fast. --Burke.

2. Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.

Outlaws . . . lurking in woods and fast places. --Spenser.

3. Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.

4. Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.

5. Tenacious; retentive. [Obs.]

Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells. --Bacon.

6. Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.

All this while in a most fast sleep. --Shak.

7. Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse.

8. Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver. --Thackeray.

9. In such a condition, as to resilience, etc., as to make possible unusual rapidity of play or action; as, a fast racket, or tennis court; a fast track; a fast billiard table, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Fast and loose}, now cohering, now disjoined; inconstant, esp. in the phrases to play at fast and loose, to play fast and loose, to act with giddy or reckless inconstancy or in a tricky manner; to say one thing and do another. "Play fast and loose with faith." --Shak.

{Fast and loose pulleys} (Mach.), two pulleys placed side by side on a revolving shaft, which is driven from another shaft by a band, and arranged to disengage and re["e]ngage the machinery driven thereby. When the machinery is to be stopped, the band is transferred from the pulley fixed to the shaft to the pulley which revolves freely upon it, and vice versa.

{Hard and fast} (Naut.), so completely aground as to be immovable.

{To make fast} (Naut.), to make secure; to fasten firmly, as a vessel, a rope, or a door.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fast \Fast\, noun [OE. faste, fast; cf. AS. f[ae]sten, OHG. fasta, G. faste. See {Fast}, verb (used without an object)]

1. Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment.

Surfeit is the father of much fast. --Shak.

2. Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation.

3. A time of fasting, whether a day, week, or longer time; a period of abstinence from food or certain kinds of food; as, an annual fast.

{Fast day}, a day appointed for fasting, humiliation, and religious offices as a means of invoking the favor of God.

{To break one's fast}, to put an end to a period of abstinence by taking food; especially, to take one's morning meal; to breakfast. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fast \Fast\, noun That which fastens or holds; especially, (Naut.) a mooring rope, hawser, or chain; -- called, according to its position, a bow, head, quarter, breast, or stern fast; also, a post on a pier around which hawsers are passed in mooring.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fast \Fast\, adverb [OE. faste firmly, strongly, quickly, AS. f[ae]ste. See {Fast}, adjective]

1. In a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably.

We will bind thee fast. --Judg. xv. 13.

2. In a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast.

{Fast by}, or {Fast beside}, close or near to; near at hand.

He, after Eve seduced, unminded slunk Into the wood fast by. --Milton.

Fast by the throne obsequious Fame resides. --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fast

adverb

1: quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form); "how fast can he get here?"; "ran as fast as he could"; "needs medical help fast"; "fast-running rivers"; "fast-breaking news"; "fast-opening (or fast-closing) shutters"

2: firmly or closely; "held fast to the rope"; "her foot was stuck fast"; "held tight" [syn: {fast}, {tight}]

adjective

1: acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; "fast film"; "on the fast track in school"; "set a fast pace"; "a fast car" [ant: {slow}]

2: (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time; "my watch is fast" [ant: {slow}]

3: at a rapid tempo; "the band played a fast fox trot" [ant: {slow}]

4: (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds; "a fast road"; "grass courts are faster than clay"

5: resistant to destruction or fading; "fast colors"

6: unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women" [syn: {debauched}, {degenerate}, {degraded}, {dissipated}, {dissolute}, {libertine}, {profligate}, {riotous}, {fast}]

7: hurried and brief; "paid a flying visit"; "took a flying glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit" [syn: {flying}, {quick}, {fast}]

8: securely fixed in place; "the post was still firm after being hit by the car" [syn: {fast}, {firm}, {immobile}]

9: unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause; "a firm ally"; "loyal supporters"; "the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison; "fast friends" [syn: {firm}, {loyal}, {truehearted}, {fast(a)}]

10: (of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time; "a fast lens"

noun

1: abstaining from food [syn: {fast}, {fasting}]

verb

1: abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons; "Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"

2: abstain from eating; "Before the medical exam, you must fast"

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