What does fast mean?

Definitions for fastfæst, fɑst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fast.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fast, fasting(adj)

    abstaining from food

  2. fast(adj)

    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"

  3. fast(adj)

    (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time

    "my watch is fast"

  4. fast(adj)

    at a rapid tempo

    "the band played a fast fox trot"

  5. fast(adj)

    (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds

    "a fast road"; "grass courts are faster than clay"

  6. fast(adj)

    resistant to destruction or fading

    "fast colors"

  7. 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"

  8. flying, quick, fast(adj)

    hurried and brief

    "paid a flying visit"; "took a flying glance at the book"; "a quick inspection"; "a fast visit"

  9. fast, firm, immobile(adj)

    securely fixed in place

    "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"

  10. 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"

  11. fast(verb)

    (of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time

    "a fast lens"

  12. fast(verb)

    abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons

    "Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"

  13. fast(adverb)

    abstain from eating

    "Before the medical exam, you must fast"

  14. fast(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"

  15. fast, tight(adverb)

    firmly or closely

    "held fast to the rope"; "her foot was stuck fast"; "held tight"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fast(verb)

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

  2. Fast(verb)

    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

  3. Fast(verb)

    abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment

  4. Fast(verb)

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

  5. Fast(verb)

    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

  6. Fast

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

  7. Fast

    firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong

  8. Fast

    firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend

  9. Fast

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

  10. Fast

    tenacious; retentive

  11. Fast

    not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound

  12. Fast

    moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse

  13. Fast

    given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver

  14. Fast(adj)

    in a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably

  15. Fast(adj)

    in a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast

  16. 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

  17. Fast(noun)

    the shaft of a column, or trunk of pilaster

  18. Origin: [OE., firm, strong, not loose, AS. fst; 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, adv., Fast, v., Avast.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fast

    fast, adj. firm: fixed: steadfast: fortified: (of sleep) sound (Shak.).—adv. firmly, unflinchingly: soundly or sound (asleep): quickly: close, near.—n. Fast-and-loose, the name of a cheating game practised at fairs—called also Prick-the-garter.—adj. Fast′-hand′ed, close-fisted.—adv. Fast′ly (Shak.), firmly.—n. Fast′ness, fixedness: a stronghold, fortress, castle.—Fast by, close to.—Play fast and loose (from the foregoing), to be unreliable, to say one thing and do another; Hard-and-fast (see Hard). [A.S. fæst; Ger. fest.]

  2. Fast

    fast, adj. quick: rapid: rash: dissipated.—adv. swiftly: in rapid succession: extravagantly.—adj. Fast′ish, somewhat fast. [A special use of fast, firm, derived from the Scand., in the sense of urgent.]

  3. Fast

    fast, v.i. to keep from food: to go hungry: to abstain from food in whole or part, as a religious duty.—n. abstinence from food: special abstinence enjoined by the church: the day or time of fasting.—ns. Fast′-day, a day of religious fasting: (Scot.) a day for humiliation and prayer, esp. before celebrations of the Lord's Supper; Fast′ens, short for Fastens-eve (Scot. Fasten-e'en and Fastern's-e'en), Fastens Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday; Fast′er, one who fasts: Fast′ing, religious abstinence. [A.S. fæstan, to fast; Ger. fasten, to keep: perh. allied with fast, firm, in the sense of making strict.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fast

    To eat and drink between a specific window of time to observe or practice a type of religious belief.

    There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslim people around the world, some choose to fast during Ramadan so we respect their religion and beliefs during this time.

  2. fast

    To eat and drink between a specific window of time to observe or practice a type of religious belief.

    There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslim people around the world, some choose to fast during Ramadan so we respect their religion and beliefs during this time.

  3. fast

    To eat and drink between a specific window of time as part of a human diet.

    I choose to try to fast every day for twelve hours as I realized I ate too much food every day, I started to practice it and realized it was easy and possible to do and then eat a balanced diet after that.

  4. fast

    To eat and drink between a specific window of time as part of a human diet.

    I choose to try to fast every day for twelve hours as I realized I ate too much food every day, I started to practice it and realized it was easy and possible to do and then eat a balanced diet after that.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2364

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2407

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Adverbs Frequency: #191

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fast' in Adjectives Frequency: #271

Anagrams for fast »

  1. Fats

  2. SAFT

  3. TAFs


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fast in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Thomas:

    It happened so fast.

  2. Jatin Thukral:

    Think smart and move fast.

  3. Taylor Lee:

    It's really fast! I like it!

  4. Kevin Roberts:

    I failed exceptionally fast.

  5. William F. Halsey:

    Hit hard, hit fast, hit often!

Images & Illustrations of fast

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Translations for fast

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • vas, voor, kleurvas, vinnigAfrikaans
  • ጾመAmharic
  • سَريع, سرعة, عاجلاً, صامArabic
  • тиҙ, ҡаты, шәп, ныҡ, нығытыпBashkir
  • хуткі, хуткаBelarusian
  • неизбеляващ, закрепен, бърз, здрав, постя, силно, дълбоко, бързо, здравоBulgarian
  • མགྱོགས་པོ, ཟས་གཅོདTibetan Standard
  • ràpid, ferm, veloç, ràpidament, veloçment, dejunar, fermamentCatalan, Valencian
  • rychlý, hluboký, rychle, postitCzech
  • ymprydioWelsh
  • farvefast, dyb, foran, hurtig, fast, dybt, fasteDanish
  • befestigt, pfeilgeschwind, tief, schnell, beständig, pfeilschnell, geschwind, fest, farbecht, fastenGerman
  • βαθύς, στερεός, ταχύς, μπροστά, γρήγορος, νηστεύω, γρήγοραGreek
  • rapida, fasti, rapideEsperanto
  • rápido, ayunar, rápidamenteSpanish
  • irmo, finko, azkar, tinko, barau egin, agudoBasque
  • تند, فرز, روزه گرفتنPersian
  • nopea, kiinni, syvä, sikeä, pikaisesti, lujasti, etuajassa, tiukasti, nopeasti, paastota, sikeästiFinnish
  • skjótur, fastur, fasta, fast, skjóttFaroese
  • rapide, vite, jeûner, rapidementFrench
  • luath, suite, ceangailte, aoineIrish
  • luath, traisgScottish Gaelic
  • rápidoGalician
  • מהיר, מהר, צָםHebrew
  • तीव्र, तेज़, झटपट, जल्दीHindi
  • érzékeny, szilárd, gyors, siet, sebes, mély, tartós, szilárdan, mélyen, gyorsan, böjtölHungarian
  • արագ, պաս պահելArmenian
  • puasaIndonesian
  • kvikur, fastur, hraðskreiður, hraður, snöggur, skjótur, fljótur, ör, fast, fasta, hrattIcelandic
  • resistente, rapida, avanti, fisso, veloce, rapido, profondo, digiunare, profondamente, rapidamente, velocemente, saldamenteItalian
  • 速い, 早い, しっかりした, 急ぐ, しっかりと, 断食するJapanese
  • pasaJavanese
  • სწრაფი, მარხულობა, მარხვის შენახვაGeorgian
  • លឿន, ឆាប់Khmer
  • 빨리Korean
  • زوو, sabit, zeft, zû, خێرا, زو, رۆژوو گرتن, rojî girtinKurdish
  • celer, iēiūnōLatin
  • tvirtas, greitas, greita, pasninkautiLithuanian
  • nasks, stipri, straujš, ašs, žigls, knašs, ātrs, gavētLatvian
  • ngita, nohopukuMāori
  • отпорен, постојан, силен, цврст, брз, брзо, пости, цврсто, предвременMacedonian
  • fastMongolian
  • lena, laju, puasa, berpuasaMalay
  • snel, kwiek, rap, vast, gezwind, vlug, vastenDutch
  • kjapp, rask, dyp, fargeekte, før, for tidlig, fast, dypt, faste, raskt, kjapt, hurtigNorwegian
  • tsį́į́łgo, hah, tsį́į́łNavajo, Navaho
  • junarOccitan
  • szybki, prędko, bystro, pościć, szybkoPolish
  • profundo, veloz, firme, adiantado, seguro, indesbotável, rápido, pesado, velozmente, profundamente, rapidamente, seguramente, firmemente, adiantadamente, jejuarPortuguese
  • gegünar, gegüner, gigina, gigigna, günerRomansh
  • grăbit, repede, rapid, iute, ajuna, postiRomanian
  • крепкий, прочный, скорый, обгоняющий, скоростной, спешащий, быстрый, преждевременно, прочно, попоститься, быстро, поститься, крепкоRussian
  • शीघ्रं, स्थिरंSanskrit
  • dejunare, giunai, geunare, deunare, deunzare, deinare, zaunare, ageunareSardinian
  • brzo, постити, брзо, postitiSerbo-Croatian
  • rýchly, rýchloSlovak
  • híter, postiti se, hítroSlovene
  • fäst, snabb, kvick, djup, färgäkta, före, kvickt, snabbt, fort, fasta, djuptSwedish
  • haraka, fungaSwahili
  • рӯза гирифтанTajik
  • เร็ว, อดอาหารThai
  • mabilisTagalog
  • hızlı, oruç tutmakTurkish
  • швидкий, швидко, Припинити вогоньUkrainian
  • تیزUrdu
  • mau, nhanhVietnamese
  • sagitavifik, vifikVolapük
  • פֿאַסטןYiddish

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