American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To attach firmly to something else, as by pinning or nailing.
- v. To make fast or secure.
- v. To close, as by fixing firmly in place.
- v. To fix or direct steadily: fastened her gaze on the stranger.
- v. To place; attribute: fastened the blame on the weather.
- v. To impose (oneself) without welcome.
- v. To become attached, fixed, or joined.
- v. To take firm hold; cling fast: fasten on a notion.
- v. To focus steadily; concentrate: All eyes fastened on the speaker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make fast; cause to adhere; join, connect, or attach firmly; fix or secure in place or position by any physical means: as, to fasten a door with a lock, bolt, or chain; to fasten boards together with nails or screws, or by mortise and tenon; to fasten clothing with buttons, pins, clasps, etc.
- Figuratively, to attach or unite by any connecting link or agency; connect or join firmly in general: as, to fasten a nickname or a charge upon one; to fasten one's hope on a promise.
- To make firm or stable; establish; confirm; clench: as, to fasten a bargain.
- To lay on; cause to reach.
- = Syn 1 and To bind, attach, tie, link, affix, annex.
- To become fast or fixed; become attached or firmly joined; close firmly.
- To take firm hold; cling: generally with on.
- n. A Middle English form of fast.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.
- v. To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means
- v. obsolete To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on.
- v. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.
- v. become fixed or fastened
- v. make tight or tighter
- v. attach to
- v. cause to be firmly attached
- From Old English fæstnian (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fastnen, from Old English fæstnian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is a good job I have a sense of humour, was almost going to send you the number of a good tailor that has a line in jackets that fasten from the back”
“9 To supplement a ring tape, magnitude in as good as symbol upon a behind where a fasten is to be located.”
“Her mother came in, half an hour later, to "fasten" her.”
“Dey's lots of cane here, an 'you an' me kin twis 'canes one over de other like de splits in a cha'r bottom, an' dat way, when we gits a dozen big squars of it made, as big both ways as the canes is long, we kin lay 'em on top o 'one an' other, an 'fasten 'em togedder wid bamboos, an' it'll be a fust-rate raft.”
“Fanny packs, small bags that fasten around the waist, are among the most reviled accessories in modern culture, carrying inevitable associations with "scary American tourists at the Louvre," says designer Isaac Mizrahi.”
“In front of the parliament tey will fasten ties at fense and will make a wish Saakashvili to resign.”
“Please return to your seats and fasten your seat belts now.”
“Well, make sure you fasten your seatbelt and be quiet.”
“They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”
“That fear portends other disasters like forgetting to fasten a bow line and watching your newly launched boat drift on its own out into the harbor.”
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