What does FASTEN mean?

Definitions for FASTEN
ˈfæs ən, ˈfɑ sənfas·ten

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fasten, fix, secureverb

    cause to be firmly attached

    "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"

  2. fastenverb

    become fixed or fastened

    "This dress fastens in the back"

  3. fastenverb

    attach to

    "They fastened various nicknames to each other"

  4. tighten, fastenverb

    make tight or tighter

    "Tighten the wire"


  1. fastenverb

    To attach or connect in a secure manner.

  2. Etymology: From fæstnian

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Fastenverb

    Etymology: from fast.

    A mantle coming under her right arm, and covering most of that side, had no fastening on the left side. Philip Sidney.

    Moses reared up the tabernacle, and fastened his sockets. Ex.

    By chance a ship was fasten’d to the shore,
    Which from old Clusium king Osinius bore. John Dryden, Æn.

    She had all magnetick force alone,
    To draw and fasten sundred parts in one. John Donne.

    In the sea-coast of India there is no iron, which flies not like a bird unto those mountains, and therefore their ships are fastened with wood. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii. c. 8.

    The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them. Jonathan Swift, Examiner, №. 43.

    Thinking, by this face,
    To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage;
    But ’tis not so. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Their oppressors have changed the scene, and combated the opinions in their true shape, upon which they could not so well fasten their disguise. Decay of Piety.

    Could he fasten a blow, or make a thrust, when not suffered to approach? John Dryden, Æn. Dedication.

  2. To Fastenverb

    To fix himself.

    This paucity of blood may be observed in other sorts of lizards, in frogs, and other fishes; and therefore an horseleech will hardly fasten upon a fish. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    He fasten’d on my neck; and bellow’d out,
    As he’d burst heaven. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The wrong judgment that misleads us, and makes the will often fasten on the worse side, lies in misreporting upon comparisons. John Locke.


  1. fasten

    Fasten is a verb that refers to the act of securely fixing or attaching something in place. It may involve using tools or devices such as ropes, clips, buttons, zippers, buckles, screws, or nails. The term could also mean to close securely, usually in reference to a door, window, or gate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fastenadjective

    to fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to fasten a door or window

  2. Fastenadjective

    to cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything in our thoughts

  3. Fastenadjective

    to cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow

  4. Fastenverb

    to fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fasten

    fas′n, v.t. to make fast or tight: to fix securely: to attach firmly one thing to another: to confirm.—v.i. to fix itself.—n. Fas′tening, that which fastens.

Editors Contribution

  1. fasten

    To attach or connect in a secure manner.

    They did fasten their shoes.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fasten is ranked #147253 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fasten surname appeared 112 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fasten.

    98.2% or 110 total occurrences were White.

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Anagrams for FASTEN »

  1. nefast

  2. stefan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FASTEN in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FASTEN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of FASTEN in a Sentence

  1. Kaushik Basu:

    We at the World Bank have just switched on the seat belt sign, we are advising nations, especially emerging economies, to fasten their seat belts.

  2. Howard Crosby:

    A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.

  3. George Foreman:

    I tried 'man your battlestations,' I tried 'ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts,' there wasn't much of a reaction.

  4. Plato:

    Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten imparting grace.

  5. Wu Chungeng:

    China will continue to fasten the pace of business resumption of delivery services.

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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. leaven
    • B. wavering
    • C. evangelist
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