from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To attach firmly to something else, as by pinning or nailing.
- transitive v. To make fast or secure.
- transitive v. To close, as by fixing firmly in place.
- transitive v. To fix or direct steadily: fastened her gaze on the stranger.
- transitive v. To place; attribute: fastened the blame on the weather.
- transitive v. To impose (oneself) without welcome.
- intransitive v. To become attached, fixed, or joined.
- intransitive v. To take firm hold; cling fast: fasten on a notion.
- intransitive v. To focus steadily; concentrate: All eyes fastened on the speaker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To attach or connect in a secure manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.
- transitive 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
- transitive v. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on.
- intransitive v. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become fixed or fastened
- v. make tight or tighter
- v. attach to
- v. cause to be firmly attached
Middle English fastnen, from Old English fæstnian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English fæstnian (Wiktionary)