Definitions of fast

  1. To abstain from food; to abstain from food on religious grounds as a means of mortifying desire, & c.
  2. To abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry.
  3. 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.
  4. Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment.
  5. Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation.
  6. 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.
  7. To abstain from food, either from necessity, or as a religious rite.
  8. To keep from food; to go hungry; to abstain from food in whole or part, as a religious duty.
  9. To abstain from food.
  10. abstain from eating; " Before the medical exam, you must fast"
  11. Firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door.
  12. Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
  13. Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.
  14. Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.
  15. Tenacious; retentive.
  16. Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.
  17. Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse.
  18. Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver.
  19. To abstain from food beyond the usual time.
  20. abstaining from food
  21. The shaft of a column, or trunk of pilaster.
  22. 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.
  23. The doing without food as a religious duty.
  24. Abstinence from food; special abstinence enjoined by the church; the day of fasting.
  25. Abstinence from food; day of fasting.
  26. Abstinence from food, or a period prescribed for it.
  27. That which fastens or holds; the rope which fastens a vessel to a wharf, & c.
  28. Abstinence from food, especially on religious grounds; the time of fasting.
  29. The abstaining from food for a certain time, or from particular kinds of food, as flesh; a religious mortification or humiliation by abstaining from food; the time of abstaining from food.
  30. 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"
  31. firmly or tightly; " held fast to the rope"; " her foot was stuck fast"; " held tight"
  32. Rapidly, firmly.
  33. Firmly; soundly or sound ( asleep).
  34. Swiftly; in rapid succession; extravagantly.
  35. Firmly; securely; soundly.
  36. Rapidly; swiftly.
  37. Firmly. Fast by, or fast beside, close or near to. Fast and loose, slippery in dealing and unreliable.
  38. Swiftly; with quick steps or progression.
  39. With quick steps; rapidly.
  40. unrestrained by convention or morality; " Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; " deplorably dissipated and degraded"; " riotous living"; " fast women"
  41. securely fixed in place; " the post was still firm after being hit by the car"
  42. 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"
  43. ( music) at a rapid tempo; " the band played a fast fox trot"
  44. ( used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time; " my watch is fast"
  45. 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"
  46. at a rapid tempo; " the band played a fast fox trot"
  47. resistant to destruction or fading; " fast colors"
  48. ( of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds; " a fast road"; " grass courts are faster than clay"
  49. In a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably.
  50. In a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast.
  51. 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.
  52. Quick; speedy in motion; in advance of the standard: said of a timepiece; firm; close; faithful; gay.
  53. Firm; fixed; steadfast.
  54. Quick; rash; dissipated.
  55. Firm; fixed; rapid; quick.
  56. Firmly; swiftly.
  57. Swift; speedy.
  58. Ahead of the standard, as a timepiece.
  59. Dissipated; dissolute.
  60. Firm; strong; firmly fixed; close; sound, as sleep; firm in adherence.
  61. Swift; quick; dissipated; dissolute; said of a young lady aping the manners of young men.
  62. Close; immovable; firmly fixed; without leaving an interval, as, to follow fast; rapid in motion; extravagant; dissipated; wild.