Search Result for "fast":
1. abstaining from food;
[syn: fast, fasting]
1. abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons;
- Example: "Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"
2. abstain from eating;
- Example: "Before the medical exam, you must fast"
1. acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly;
- Example: "fast film"
- Example: "on the fast track in school"
- Example: "set a fast pace"
- Example: "a fast car"
2. (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time;
- Example: "my watch is fast"
3. at a rapid tempo;
- Example: "the band played a fast fox trot"
4. (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds;
- Example: "a fast road"
- Example: "grass courts are faster than clay"
5. resistant to destruction or fading;
- Example: "fast colors"
6. unrestrained by convention or morality;
- Example: "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"
- Example: "deplorably dissipated and degraded"
- Example: "riotous living"
- Example: "fast women"
[syn: debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast]
7. hurried and brief;
- Example: "paid a flying visit"
- Example: "took a flying glance at the book"
- Example: "a quick inspection"
- Example: "a fast visit"
[syn: flying, quick, fast]
8. securely fixed in place;
- Example: "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"
[syn: fast, firm, immobile]
9. unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause;
- Example: "a firm ally"
- Example: "loyal supporters"
- Example: "the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison
- Example: "fast friends"
[syn: firm, loyal, truehearted, fast(a)]
10. (of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time;
- Example: "a fast lens"
1. quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form);
- Example: "how fast can he get here?"
- Example: "ran as fast as he could"
- Example: "needs medical help fast"
- Example: "fast-running rivers"
- Example: "fast-breaking news"
- Example: "fast-opening (or fast-closing) shutters"
2. firmly or closely;
- Example: "held fast to the rope"
- Example: "her foot was stuck fast"
- Example: "held tight"
[syn: fast, tight]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fast \Fast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fasting.] [AS. f[ae]stan; akin to D. vasten, OHG. fast[=e]n, G. fasten, Icel. & Sw. fasta, Dan. faste, Goth. fastan to keep, observe, fast, and prob. to E. fast firm.] 1. To abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry. [1913 Webster] Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Thou didst fast and weep for the child. --2 Sam. xii. 21. [1913 Webster] Fasting day, a fast day; a day of fasting. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fast \Fast\, a. [Compar. Faster; superl. Fastest.] [OE., firm, strong, not loose, AS. f[ae]st; 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.] 1. Firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door. [1913 Webster] There is an order that keeps things fast. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong. [1913 Webster] Outlaws . . . lurking in woods and fast places. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend. [1913 Webster] 4. Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors. [1913 Webster] 5. Tenacious; retentive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 6. Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound. [1913 Webster] All this while in a most fast sleep. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse. [1913 Webster] 8. Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 9. 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Fast and loose, now cohering, now disjoined; inconstant, esp. in the phrases to play at fast and loose, to play fast and loose, to act with giddy or reckless inconstancy or in a tricky manner; to say one thing and do another. "Play fast and loose with faith." --Shak. Fast and loose pulleys (Mach.), two pulleys placed side by side on a revolving shaft, which is driven from another shaft by a band, and arranged to disengage and re["e]ngage the machinery driven thereby. When the machinery is to be stopped, the band is transferred from the pulley fixed to the shaft to the pulley which revolves freely upon it, and vice versa. Hard and fast (Naut.), so completely aground as to be immovable. To make fast (Naut.), to make secure; to fasten firmly, as a vessel, a rope, or a door. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fast \Fast\, n. [OE. faste, fast; cf. AS. f[ae]sten, OHG. fasta, G. faste. See Fast, v. i.] 1. Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment. [1913 Webster] Surfeit is the father of much fast. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] Fast day, a day appointed for fasting, humiliation, and religious offices as a means of invoking the favor of God. To break one's fast, to put an end to a period of abstinence by taking food; especially, to take one's morning meal; to breakfast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fast \Fast\, n. 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fast \Fast\, adv. [OE. faste firmly, strongly, quickly, AS. f[ae]ste. See Fast, a.] 1. In a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably. [1913 Webster] We will bind thee fast. --Judg. xv. 13. [1913 Webster] 2. In a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast. [1913 Webster] Fast by, or Fast beside, close or near to; near at hand. [1913 Webster] He, after Eve seduced, unminded slunk Into the wood fast by. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Fast by the throne obsequious Fame resides. --Pope. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
FAST 1. Federation Against Software Theft. 2.
Fortran Automatic Symbol Translator. (1996-05-19)V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
FAST Fast ARM Solutions Toolkit (ARM, Palm, PDA)V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
FAST First Application System TestV.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
FAST Forschungsinstitut fuer Angewandte Software-Technologie [e.v.] (org.)Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Fast The sole fast required by the law of Moses was that of the great Day of Atonement (q.v.), Lev. 23:26-32. It is called "the fast" (Acts 27:9). The only other mention of a periodical fast in the Old Testament is in Zech. 7:1-7; 8:19, from which it appears that during their captivity the Jews observed four annual fasts. (1.) The fast of the fourth month, kept on the seventeenth day of Tammuz, the anniversary of the capture of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans; to commemorate also the incident recorded Ex. 32:19. (Comp. Jer. 52:6, 7.) (2.) The fast of the fifth month, kept on the ninth of Ab (comp. Num. 14:27), to commemorate the burning of the city and temple (Jer. 52:12, 13). (3.) The fast of the seventh month, kept on the third of Tisri (comp. 2 Kings 25), the anniversary of the murder of Gedaliah (Jer. 41:1, 2). (4.) The fast of the tenth month (comp. Jer. 52:4; Ezek. 33:21; 2 Kings 25:1), to commemorate the beginning of the siege of the holy city by Nebuchadnezzar. There was in addition to these the fast appointed by Esther (4:16). Public national fasts on account of sin or to supplicate divine favour were sometimes held. (1.) 1 Sam. 7:6; (2.) 2 Chr. 20:3; (3.) Jer. 36:6-10; (4.) Neh. 9:1. There were also local fasts. (1.) Judg. 20:26; (2.) 2 Sam. 1:12; (3.) 1 Sam. 31:13; (4.) 1 Kings 21:9-12; (5.) Ezra 8:21-23: (6.) Jonah 3:5-9. There are many instances of private occasional fasting (1 Sam. 1:7: 20:34; 2 Sam. 3:35; 12:16; 1 Kings 21:27; Ezra 10:6; Neh. 1:4; Dan. 10:2,3). Moses fasted forty days (Ex. 24:18; 34:28), and so also did Elijah (1 Kings 19:8). Our Lord fasted forty days in the wilderness (Matt. 4:2). In the lapse of time the practice of fasting was lamentably abused (Isa. 58:4; Jer. 14:12; Zech. 7:5). Our Lord rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocritical pretences in fasting (Matt. 6:16). He himself appointed no fast. The early Christians, however, observed the ordinary fasts according to the law of their fathers (Acts 13:3; 14:23; 2 Cor. 6:5).Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
349 Moby Thesaurus words for "fast": Barmecidal feast, Encratism, Friday, Lenten diet, Lenten entertainment, Lenten fare, Pythagoreanism, Pythagorism, Rechabitism, Sabbath, Shakerism, Spartan fare, Stoicism, Sunday, abandoned, abstain, abstainment, abstemiousness, abstention, abstinence, accelerated, active, agile, aground, airtight, alert, amain, anchored, apace, ardent, asceticism, at flank speed, attached, avoidance, balanced, banyan day, bare subsistence, bonded, bound, bread and water, breakneck, brief, brisk, briskly, calculable, caught, celibacy, cemented, chained, chastity, chronic, church calendar, close, close to, closely, colorfast, committed, compact, confirmed, connected, constant, continence, cool, dashing, debauched, dedicated, deep-dyed, deep-fixed, deep-rooted, deep-seated, deep-set, deep-settled, dependable, devoted, diet, dissipated, dissolute, dissolutely, double-dyed, double-quick, dustproof, dusttight, dyed-in-the-wool, eagle-winged, eat sparingly, ecclesiastical calendar, eschewal, established, expeditious, expeditiously, express, extravagant, extravagantly, fadeless, faithful, faithworthy, fastened, fasting, feast, fecklessly, fiducial, firm, firm as Gibraltar, firmly, fish day, fixed, fixedly, flat-out, fleet, flying, free, fruitarianism, full tilt, gallant, galloping, gasproof, gastight, gay, glued, go hungry, grounded, gymnosophy, hair-trigger, hand over fist, hand over hand, hastily, hasty, headlong, held, hell for leather, hell-bent, hell-bent for election, hermetic, hermetically sealed, high and dry, high-speed, holy day, holytide, hurried, hurriedly, hustling, immediately, immoral, immovable, immovably, impacted, imperturbable, implanted, in a flash, in a twinkling, in a wink, in double time, in double-quick time, in equilibrium, in high, in high gear, in nothing flat, in seven-league boots, in short order, incorrigible, inculcated, indecorous, indecorously, indelible, inextricable, infixed, ingrain, ingrained, inseparably, instilled, intemperate, intemperately, inveterate, invincible, irresponsible, irreversible, jammed, keen, lack of food, lasting, lecherous, lecherously, licentious, licentiously, lickety-cut, lickety-split, liege, light of heel, light-footed, lightproof, lighttight, like a flash, like a shot, like wildfire, lively, long-established, loose, loosely, loyal, lustful, lustfully, meager diet, mercurial, moored, near, nephalism, nimble, nimble-footed, not eat, of easy virtue, oilproof, oiltight, on the double, packed, permanent, plain living, post, posthaste, precipitate, predictable, presto, profligate, promiscuous, promiscuously, prompt, promptly, pronto, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, quickly, rainproof, raintight, rakehell, rakehellish, rakehelly, raking, rakish, rapid, rapidly, reckless, recklessly, refraining, refrainment, reliable, resolute, right, rooted, running, sealed, secure, secured, securely, self-denial, self-indulgent, set, settled, settled in habit, sexual abstinence, short commons, shut fast, simple diet, smokeproof, smoketight, snappily, snappy, snug, solid, solidly, soon, sound, soundly, spanking, spare diet, speedily, speedy, stable, starvation diet, staunch, steadfast, steadfastly, steady, stormproof, stormtight, stranded, strong, stuck, stuck fast, substantial, sure, surefire, swift, swiftly, sybaritic, sybaritically, taped, teetotalism, tested, tethered, the pledge, thorough, tied, tight, tightly, total abstinence, transfixed, tried, tried and true, trippingly, true, trustworthy, trusty, unbridled, under forced draft, unfading, unfailing, unflappable, unflinching, unrestrained, unrestrainedly, unshakable, unshakably, unshakeable, unshakeably, unwavering, vegetarianism, wanton, wantonly, water-repellant, waterproof, watertight, wedged, well-balanced, well-founded, well-grounded, whip and spur, wild, wildly, windproof, windtight, winged, with all haste, with all speed, with giant strides, with rapid strides, with speed, without nerves, xerophagia, xerophagy