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  12  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fast  \Fast\,  a. 
  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Fasting  he  went  to  sleep,  and  fasting  waked. 
  --Milton. 
 
  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. 
 
  Thou  didst  fast  and  weep  for  the  child.  --2  Sam. 
  xii.  21. 
 
  {Fasting  day},  a  fast  day  a  day  of  fasting. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  We  will  bind  thee  fast  --Judg.  xv 
  13. 
 
  2.  In  a  fast  or  rapid  manner;  quickly;  swiftly; 
  extravagantly;  wildly;  as  to  run  fast  to  live  fast 
 
  {Fast  by},  or  {Fast  beside},  close  or  near  to  near  at  hand. 
 
  He  after  Eve  seduced,  unminded  slunk  Into  the  wood 
  fast  by  --Milton. 
 
  Fast  by  the  throne  obsequious  Fame  resides.  --Pope. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Surfeit  is  the  father  of  much  fast  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Voluntary  abstinence  from  food,  for  a  space  of  time,  as  a 
  spiritual  discipline,  or  as  a  token  of  religious 
  humiliation. 
 
  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 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fast  \Fast\,  a.  [Compar.  {Faster};  superl.  {Fastest}.]  [OE., 
  firm,  strong,  not  loose,  AS  f?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. 
 
  There  is  an  order  that  keeps  things  fast  --Burke. 
 
  2.  Firm  against  attack;  fortified  by  nature  or  art; 
  impregnable;  strong. 
 
  Outlaws  .  .  .  lurking  in  woods  and  fast  places. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  Firm  in  adherence;  steadfast;  not  easily  separated  or 
  alienated;  faithful;  as  a  fast  friend. 
 
  4.  Permanent;  not  liable  to  fade  by  exposure  to  air  or  by 
  washing;  durable;  lasting;  as  fast  colors. 
 
  5.  Tenacious;  retentive.  [Obs.] 
 
  Roses,  damask  and  red,  are  fast  flowers  of  their 
  smells.  --Bacon. 
 
  6.  Not  easily  disturbed  or  broken;  deep;  sound. 
 
  All  this  while  in  a  most  fast  sleep.  --Shak. 
 
  7.  Moving  rapidly;  quick  in  mition;  rapid;  swift;  as  a  fast 
  horse. 
 
  8.  Given  to  pleasure  seeking;  disregardful  of  restraint; 
  reckless;  wild;  dissipated;  dissolute;  as  a  fast  man;  a 
  fast  liver.  --Thackeray. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fast  \Fast\,  n.  [OF.  fust,  F.  f?t,  fr  L.  fustis  stick  staff.] 
  (Arch.) 
  The  shaft  of  a  column,  or  trunk  of  pilaster.  --Gwilt. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fast 
  adj  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"  [ant:  {slow}] 
  2:  (used  of  timepieces)  indicating  a  time  ahead  of  or  later 
  than  the  correct  time;  "my  watch  is  fast"  [ant:  {slow}] 
  3:  (music)  at  a  rapid  tempo;  "the  band  played  a  fast  fox  trot" 
  [ant:  {slow}] 
  4:  (of  surfaces)  conducive  to  rapid  speeds;  "a  fast  road"; 
  "grass  courts  are  faster  than  clay" 
  5:  firmly  fastened  or  secured  against  opening;  "windows  and 
  doors  were  all  fast";  "a  locked  closet";  "left  the  house 
  properly  secured"  [syn:  {barred},  {bolted},  {latched},  {locked}, 
  {secured}] 
  6:  unrestrained  by  convention  or  morality;  "Congreve  draws  a 
  debauched  aristocratic  society";  "deplorably  dissipated 
  and  degraded";  "riotous  living";  "fast  women"  [syn:  {debauched}, 
  {degenerate},  {degraded},  {dissipated},  {dissolute},  {libertine}, 
  {profligate},  {riotous}] 
  7:  hurried  and  brief;  "paid  a  flying  visit";  "took  a  flying 
  glance  at  the  book";  "a  quick  inspection";  "a  fast  visit" 
  [syn:  {flying},  {quick}] 
  8:  securely  fixed  in  place  "the  post  was  still  firm  after 
  being  hit  by  the  car"  [syn:  {firm},  {immobile}] 
  9:  (used  of  persons)  dependable  in  devotion  or  allegiance  or 
  affection;  "a  faithful  old  dog";  "a  faithful  friend"; 
  "fast  friends";  "a  loyal  companion";  "she  proved  a  true 
  friend";  "a  lover  absolutely  true  in  act  and  word  and 
  thought"-  H.O.Taylor  [syn:  {faithful},  {fast(a)},  {loyal}, 
  {true}] 
  10:  permanently  dyed;  "fast  colors";  "colorfast  fabrics"  [syn:  {colorfast}] 
  n  :  abstaining  from  food  [syn:  {fasting}] 
  adv  1:  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" 
  2:  firmly  or  tightly;  "held  fast  to  the  rope";  "her  foot  was 
  stuck  fast";  "held  tight"  [syn:  {tight}] 
  v  1:  abstain  from  certain  foods,  as  for  religious  or  medical 
  reasons;  "Catholics  sometimes  fast  during  Lent" 
  2:  abstain  from  eating;  "Before  the  medical  exam,  you  must 
  fast" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  FAST 
 
  1.    {Federation  Against  Software  Theft}. 
 
  2.    {Fortran  Automatic  Symbol  Translator}. 
 
  (1996-05-19) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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). 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FAST 
  First  Application  System  Test 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FAST 
  Forschungsinstitut  fuer  Angewandte  Software-Technologie  [e.v.]  (org.) 
 
 




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