American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something, such as a hook, used to attach one thing to another firmly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anything that binds and makes fast, or serves for joining or securing, as a lock, catch, bolt, bar, cord, chain, clasp, button, hook, etc.
- n. Fixedness; firmness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Anything that binds and makes fast, as a lock, catch, bolt, bar, buckle, etc.
- n. the act of fastening things together
- n. restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
“The fastening is generally achieved combining hinges and braces with some locking mechanism.”
“Afke had some difficulty in fastening hers, for they were a bit small for her, and the straps had seen better days.”
“Three: leather pieces mounted with shoe buttons – in fastening these leather pieces the children make use of the button-hook – corresponds to a child's shoes.”
“Its third article was the sole one referred to as fastening forever the institution of slavery on the inhabitants of this vast empire.”
Slavery and Four Years of War, Vol. 1-2 A Political History of Slavery in the United States Together With a Narrative of the Campaigns and Battles of the Civil War In Which the Author Took Part: 1861-1865
“The Spirit, however, in fastening this truth upon the conscience, does not extinguish, but, on the contrary, does consummate and intensify, the sense of all other sins.”
“After manoeuvring with more than her usual art, she succeeded in fastening Belinda upon the fashionable Lady Delacour for the season.”
“Where the parts are held against one another such threads are called fastening threads, i.e. vee-threads.”
“The fastening was the old-fashioned wooden shutters hung outside and closed with a single slide.”
“When he last looked at it he noticed that the fastening was a trifle slack and, though he handed the trinket back, he told her distinctly that she was not to wear it till it had been either to Tiffany's or Starr's.”
“At length he softly rose and crept noiselessly to the door; the fastening was the primitive latch with a string attached; it opened without a sound in his cautious handling, and he found himself in the pitchy darkness outside, the wild mountain wind whirling about him, and the rain descending in steady torrents.”
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