fast1 / fast/ • adj. 1. moving or capable of moving at high speed. ∎ performed or taking place at high speed; taking only a short time: the journey was fast and enjoyable. ∎ allowing people or things to move at high speed: a wide, fast road. ∎ performing or able to perform a particular type of action quickly: a fast reader. ∎ Sports (of a playing field) likely to make the ball bounce or run quickly or to allow competitors to reach a high speed. ∎ (of a person or lifestyle) engaging in or involving exciting or shocking activities: the fast life she led in London. 2. (of a clock or watch) showing a time ahead of the correct time: I keep my watch fifteen minutes fast. 3. firmly fixed or attached: he made a rope fast to each corner. ∎ (of friends) close and loyal. ∎ (of a dye) not fading in light or when washed. 4. Photog. (of a film) needing only a short exposure. • adv. 1. at high speed: he was driving too fast. ∎ within a short time: they think they're going to get rich fast. 2. so as to be hard to move; firmly or securely: the ship was held fast by the anchor chain. ∎ (of someone or something sleeping) so as to be hard to wake: they were too fast asleep to reply. PHRASES: pull a fast one inf. try to gain an unfair advantage: Joey pulled a fast one on us. fast2 • v. [intr.] abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, esp. as a religious observance. • n. an act or period of fasting: a five-day fast.
So adv. firmly OE.; closely; quickly; rapidly XIII; dissipatedly XVII. OE. fæste = OS. fasto (Du. vast), OHG. fasto (G. fast almost), ON. fast :- Gmc. *fastō.
So sb. act or season of fasting. XII. — ON. fasta = OS., OHG. fasta.
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