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(1)   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"
(2)   At a rapid tempo
"The band played a fast fox trot"
(3)   (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time
"My watch is fast"
(4)   Securely fixed in place
"The post was still firm after being hit by the car"
(5)   Hurried and brief
"Paid a flying visit"
"Took a flying glance at the book"
"A quick inspection"
"A fast visit"
(6)   Unrestrained by convention or morality
"Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"
"Deplorably dissipated and degraded"
"Riotous living"
"Fast women"
(7)   Resistant to destruction or fading
"Fast colors"
(8)   Firmly fastened or secured against opening
"Windows and doors were all fast"
"A locked closet"
"Left the house properly secured"
(9)   (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds
"A fast road"
"Grass courts are faster than clay"


(10)   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"
(11)   Firmly or tightly
"Held fast to the rope"
"Her foot was stuck fast"
"Held tight"


(12)   Abstaining from food


(13)   Abstain from eating
"Before the medical exam, you must fast"
(14)   Abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons
"Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"

Etymology 1

Verb: . Cognate with Dutch , German , Old Norse , Gothic .


  1. The act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food.
  2. The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food.


  1. To abstain from or eat very little food; to abstain from food for religious reasons.
    • 2007, John Zerzan, Silence, p. 3,
      It is at the core of the Vision Quest, the solitary period of fasting and closeness to the earth to discover one's life path and purpose.

Etymology 2

, from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Old Norse . Ultimately derived from together with Armenian and Sanskrit . For temporal meanings compare similar use of .


  1. Occurring or happening within a short period of time.
    The party started promptly – all the guests arrived very fast after eight.
  2. Capable of moving with great speed.
    I am going to buy a fast car.
  3. Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
    There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast.
  4. More sensitive to light than average.
  5. A person (usually a woman) who consents to sexual activity more rapidly than others.
    She's fast – she slept with him on their first date..
  6. Firmly or securely fixed in place.
    That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast!
  7. Not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light.
    All the washing has come out pink. That red tee-shirt was not fast.
  8. Inseparable.
  9. Deep or sound.

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  1. A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations.


  1. Stop shooting; do not release any arrows.

Etymology 3

, from the same root as Etymology 2, above. Cognate with Dutch , German .


  1. In a fast manner; within a short time.
    Do it as fast as you can.
  2. Moving quickly or with great speed.
    Horses can run very fast.
  3. In a firm or secure manner.
    Hold this rope as fast as you can.
  4. Deeply or soundly.
    He is fast asleep.
  5. Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
    I think my watch is running fast.

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