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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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]: 
 
  Faster  \Fast"er\,  n. 
  One  who  abstains  from  food. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  faster 
  adv  :  more  quickly  [syn:  {quicker}] 




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