noun abstaining from food
verb abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons
- Catholics sometimes fast during Lent
verb abstain from eating
- Before the medical exam, you must fast
adjective 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
adjective (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time
adjective at a rapid tempo
- the band played a fast fox trot
adjective satellite (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds
- a fast road
- grass courts are faster than clay
adjective satellite resistant to destruction or fading
adjective satellite unrestrained by convention or morality
debauched; libertine; dissolute; degenerate; degraded; dissipated; riotous; profligate.
- Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society
- deplorably dissipated and degraded
- riotous living
- fast women
adjective satellite hurried and brief
- paid a flying visit
- took a flying glance at the book
- a quick inspection
- a fast visit
adjective satellite securely fixed in place
- the post was still firm after being hit by the car
adjective satellite unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause
firm; loyal; truehearted.
- a firm ally
- loyal supporters
- the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison
- fast friends
adjective satellite (of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time
adverb 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
adverb firmly or closely
- held fast to the rope
- her foot was stuck fast
- held tight
Fast intransitive verb
; akin to D
, OHG. fasten
, G. fasten
, Icel. & Sw. fasta
, Dan. faste
, Goth. fastan
to keep, observe, fast, and prob. to E. fast
imperfect & past participle Fasted; present participle & verbal noun Fasting
- 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.
- 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.
; cf. AS. fsten
, OHG. fasta
, G. faste
. See Fast
, v. i.
- Abstinence from food; omission to take nounrishment.
Surfeit is the father of much fast.
- Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation.
- 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.
OE., firm, strong, not loose, AS. fst
; akin to OS. fast
, D. vast
, OHG. fasti
, G. fest
, Isel. 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
comparative Faster ; superlative Fastest
- 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.
- Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
Outlaws . . . lurking in woods and fast places.
- Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.
- Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.
- Tenacious; retentive. Obs.
Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells.
- Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.
All this while in a most fast sleep.
- Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse.
- Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver.
firmly, strongly, quickly, AS. faste
. See Fast
- In a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably.
We will bind thee fast.
Judg. xv. 13.
- In a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast.
He, after Eve seduced, unminded slunk
Into the wood fast by.
Fast by the throne obsequious Fame resides.
- 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.
, F. ft
, fr. L. fustis
- (Arch.) The shaft of a column, or trunk of pilaster.
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