Definitions for fastfæst, fɑst
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fast*fæst, fɑst(adj.; adv.; n.)-er, -est
(adj.)moving or able to move, operate, function, or take effect quickly; quick; swift; rapid:
a fast horse; a fast typist.
done in or taking comparatively little time:
a fast race; fast work.
adapted to, allowing, productive of, or imparting rapid movement:
a hull with fast lines.
able to understand or respond quickly:
a fast mind.
(of a timepiece) indicating a time in advance of the correct time. noting or according to daylight-saving time.
characterized by unrestrained or immoral conduct, esp. in sexual relations; wanton; loose:
a fast crowd.
characterized by extreme energy and activity, esp. in the pursuit of pleasure:
leading a fast life.
resistant (often used in combination):
firmly fixed in place; not easily moved; secure.
held or caught firmly:
an animal fast in a trap.
firmly tied, as a knot.
closed and made secure, as a door, gate, or shutter.
such as to have securely:
to lay fast hold on a thing.
firm in adherence; loyal; devoted:
permanent, lasting, or unchangeable:
a fast color.
(of money, profits, etc.) made quickly or easily and sometimes deviously. cleverly quick and manipulative in making money:
a fast operator.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal
Photog. (of a lens) able to transmit a relatively large amount of light in a relatively short time. (of a film) requiring a relatively short exposure to attain a given density.
Horse Racing. (of a track condition) completely dry. (of a track surface) very hard.
(adv.)quickly, swiftly, or rapidly.
in quick succession.
to hold fast.
in a wild or dissipated way; recklessly.
ahead of the correct or announced time.
Archaic. close; near:
(n.)a fastening for a door, window, or the like.
Idioms for fast:
pull a fast one,to engage in unexpectedly unfair or deceitful behavior to achieve one's goal.
Category: Idiom, Informal
* Syn: See quick.
Origin of fast:
bef. 900; ME; OE fæst firm
to abstain from all food.
to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, esp. as a religious observance.
(v.t.)to cause to abstain from food; put on a fast:
to fast a patient before surgery.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(n.)an abstinence from food, or a limiting of one's food, esp. when voluntary and as a religious observance.
a day or period of fasting.
Origin of fast:
bef. 1000; ME; OE fæstan; c. OFris festia, OHG fastēn, ON fasta, Go fastan; akin to fast1
a chain or rope for mooring a vessel.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of fast:
1670–80; alter., by assoc. with fast1, of late ME fest, perh. n. use of fest, ptp. of festen to fasten , or < ON festr mooring rope
abstaining from food
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"
(used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time
"my watch is fast"
at a rapid tempo
"the band played a fast fox trot"
(of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds
"a fast road"; "grass courts are faster than clay"
resistant to destruction or fading
debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast(adj)
unrestrained by convention or morality
"Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
flying, quick, fast(adj)
hurried and brief
"paid a flying visit"; "took a flying glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit"
fast, firm, immobile(adj)
securely fixed in place
"the post was still firm after being hit by the car"
firm, loyal, truehearted, fast(a)(adj)
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"
(of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time
"a fast lens"
abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons
"Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"
abstain from eating
"Before the medical exam, you must fast"
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"
firmly or closely
"held fast to the rope"; "her foot was stuck fast"; "held tight"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
moving, happening, or doing sth quickly
a fast car; the fastest runner on the team; a fast start to the project; the fastest economic growth in years
(of a clock) showing a time later than the actual time
The clock is five minutes fast.
in a deep sleep
My brother was fast asleep.
to stop eating food for a particular period of time
They fasted from sunrise to sunset.; a two-day fast
to abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry
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
abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment
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
firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door
firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong
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
not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound
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
in a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably
in a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast
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
the shaft of a column, or trunk of pilaster
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2364
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2407
Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Adverbs Frequency: #191
Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Adjectives Frequency: #271
Translations for fast
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of a dye) fixed; that will not come out of a fabric when it is washed.
- kleurvas, kleurhoudendAfrikaans
- permanentePortuguese (BR)
- státý, stálobarevnýCzech
- farveægte; vaskeægteDanish
- bon teint résistantFrench
- postojan, trajanCroatian
- tahan lunturIndonesian
- litekta, sem rennur hvorki né upplitastIcelandic
- resistente, (che non stinge)Italian
- 바래지 않는Korean
- (par krāsu) izturīgs; neplūkošsLatvian
- tahan lunturMalay
- ثابت، ځاى پر ځاى، ټاكل شوى (لكه نيټهPashto
- tvättäkta, färgäkta, hållbarSwedish
- sabit, solmayanTurkish
- 不褪色的Chinese (Trad.)
- کپڑے پر پکّا رنگUrdu
- bền; không phaiVietnamese
- 不褪色的Chinese (Simp.)
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