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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.

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  

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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. Richard Reina:

    Fasten items in a way that they remain fastened to your car. Think about highway driving at 65 mph and ask yourself if the decoration would stay in place, if mounting anything on the grille, be sure that sufficient airflow is still able to enter the radiator to prevent engine overheating.

  2. Tommy Boy:

    Richard Okay... seatbelts. Just put the little thing into the big thing and... I tell ya what. If you don't know how to fasten your seatbelt, just raise your hand and I'll have Tommy Boy here come back there and hit you in the head with a tack hammer because you're a RETARD

  3. George Foreman:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Jane Blasio:

    This story isn’t just about me. This story is about the clinic and all the people who were crushed by it, …I would tell people, ‘Fasten your seatbelt, because whether we find something or don’t, it’s going to be the ride of your life.’.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. unsealed
    • C. ambidextrous
    • D. butch

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