[[t]fæst, fɑst[/t]]
adj. and adv. -er, -est, n.
1) moving or able to move, operate, function, or take effect quickly; quick; swift; rapid:
a fast horse; a fast typist[/ex]
2) done in or taking comparatively little time:
a fast race; fast work[/ex]
3) adapted to, allowing, productive of, or imparting rapid movement:
a hull with fast lines[/ex]
4) able to understand or respond quickly:
a fast mind[/ex]
5) hor
a) (of a timepiece) indicating a time in advance of the correct time
b) noting or according to daylight-saving time
6) characterized by unrestrained or immoral conduct, esp. in sexual relations; wanton; loose:
a fast crowd[/ex]
7) characterized by extreme energy and activity, esp. in the pursuit of pleasure:
leading a fast life[/ex]
8) resistant (often used in combination):
9) firmly fixed in place; not easily moved; secure
10) held or caught firmly:
an animal fast in a trap[/ex]
11) firmly tied, as a knot
12) closed and made secure, as a door, gate, or shutter
13) such as to have securely:
to lay fast hold on a thing[/ex]
14) firm in adherence; loyal; devoted:
fast friends[/ex]
15) permanent, lasting, or unchangeable:
a fast color[/ex]
16) cvb inf
a) (of money, profits, etc.) made quickly or easily and sometimes deviously
b) cleverly quick and manipulative in making money:
a fast operator[/ex]
17) pht
a) (of a lens) able to transmit a relatively large amount of light in a relatively short time
b) (of a film) requiring a relatively short exposure to attain a given density
18) spo Horse Racing.
a) (of a track condition) completely dry
b) (of a track surface) very hard
19) quickly, swiftly, or rapidly
20) in quick succession
21) tightly; firmly:
to hold fast[/ex]
22) soundly:
fast asleep[/ex]
23) in a wild or dissipated way; recklessly
24) ahead of the correct or announced time
25) archaic close; near:
fast by[/ex]
26) a fastening for a door, window, or the like
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE fæst firm syn: See quick II
[[t]fæst, fɑst[/t]] v. i.
1) to abstain from all food
2) to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, esp. as a religious observance
3) cvb to cause to abstain from food; put on a fast:
to fast a patient before surgery[/ex]
4) an abstinence from food, or a limiting of one's food, esp. when voluntary and as a religious observance
5) a day or period of fasting
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME; OE fæstan; c. OFris festia, OHG fastēn, ON fasta, Go fastan; akin to fast I III
[[t]fæst, fɑst[/t]] n.
naut. navig. a chain or rope for mooring a vessel
Etymology: 1670–80; alter., by assoc. with fast I, of late ME fest, perh. n. use of fest, ptp. of festen to fasten, or < ON festr mooring rope

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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