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handfast


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handfast  \Hand"fast`\,  n. 
  1.  Hold  grasp;  custody;  power  of  confining  or  keeping. 
  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Contract;  specifically,  espousal.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handfast  \Hand"fast`\,  a. 
  Fast  by  contract;  betrothed  by  joining  hands.  [Obs.]  --Bale. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handfast  \Hand"fast`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Handfasted};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Handfasting}.] 
  To  pledge;  to  bind;  to  betroth  by  joining  hands,  in  order  to 
  cohabitation,  before  the  celebration  of  marriage.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handfast  \Hand"fast`\,  n.  [G.  handfest;  hand  hand  +  fest  strong. 
  See  {Fast}.] 
  Strong;  steadfast.[R.]  --Carlyle.