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Definition of Fast


  1. To abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry.
  2. 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. Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment.
  4. Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation.
  5. 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. Firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door.
  7. Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
  8. Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.
  9. Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.
  10. Tenacious; retentive.
  11. Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.
  12. Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse.
  13. Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver.
  14. In a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably.
  15. In a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast.
  16. 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. The shaft of a column, or trunk of pilaster.
  18. In such a condition, as to resilience, etc., as to make possible unusual rapidity of play or action; as, a fast racket, or tennis court; a fast track; a fast billiard table, etc.
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Fast Translations

fast in Afrikaans is gou, haastig, vinnig
fast in Danish is hurtig, hurtigt, fast
fast in Dutch is vasten
fast in Finnish is luja, nopea
fast in German is schnell, schnell, fest
fast in Italian is presto, quadragesimale
fast in Latin is celox, velox, ieiunium, celer
fast in Norwegian is rask, faste, hurtig
fast in Swedish is snabb, fasta, fort