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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fastness  \Fast"ness\,  n.  [AS.  f[ae]stnes,  fr  f[ae]st  fast  See 
  {Fast},  a.] 
  1.  The  state  of  being  fast  and  firm;  firmness;  fixedness; 
  security;  faithfulness. 
 
  All  .  .  .  places  of  fastness  [are]  laid  open  --Sir 
  J.  Davies. 
 
  2.  A  fast  place  a  stronghold;  a  fortress  or  fort;  a  secure 
  retreat;  a  castle;  as  the  enemy  retired  to  their 
  fastnesses  in  the  mountains. 
 
  3.  Conciseness  of  style.  [Obs.]  --Ascham. 
 
  4.  The  state  of  being  fast  or  swift. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fastness 
  n  1:  a  rate  (usually  rapid)  at  which  something  happens;  "the 
  project  advanced  with  gratifying  speed"  [syn:  {speed},  {swiftness}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  being  fixed  in  place  [syn:  {fixedness},  {fixity}, 
  {secureness}] 
  3:  a  strongly  fortified  place  [syn:  {stronghold}] 




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