Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition or quality of being fast, especially:
  • n. Firmness; security.
  • n. Rapidity; swiftness.
  • n. The quality or condition of color retention; colorfastness.
  • n. A secure or fortified place; a stronghold.
  • n. A remote, secret place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A secure or fortified place; a stronghold, a fortress
  • n. The state of being fast.
  • n. The ability of a dye to withstand fading

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being fast and firm; firmness; fixedness; security; faithfulness.
  • n. A fast place; a stronghold; a fortress or fort; a secure retreat; a castle.
  • n. Conciseness of style.
  • n. The state of being fast or swift.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being fast and firm or fixed; firm adherence.
  • n. Strength; security.
  • n. A stronghold; a fortress or fort; a fortified place; a castle.
  • n. . Closeness or conciseness, as of style.
  • n. The state or quality of being fast, in any sense.
  • n. Synonyms Speed, Swiftness, etc. See quickness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment
  • n. a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens
  • n. a strongly fortified defensive structure

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Examples

  • But fastness is nothing unless you have accuracy too.

    Test Your Reaction Time

  • Between their mountain fastness and the dearly loved spring lay the host of the Philistines; but their love for their leader feared no enemies.

    A Book of Golden Deeds

  • She was a robber baroness; she dwelt in a rocky "fastness" -- whatever that was -- surrounded by a crew of outlaws as desperate as any that ever drew cutlass and dagger, and she ruled them not only by native strength of character, but also by the aid of other forces, for she was on friendly terms with the more prominent wood sprites, fairies, and the like, and they brought her wisdom.

    Flowing Gold

  • During the long and taxing journey up into the high mountain fastness where the Huntress’s people dwell, I came to view this less as an epigram and more as an axiom.

    Duet « A Fly in Amber

  • Christianity; and this necessarily draws on and engages them in a dispute of the particular points and differences betwixt us; which is the very thing they would avoid by this method, and which I have now plainly shewed they cannot do, because they cannot possibly prove their church to be the true church, with out shewing the conformity of their doctrines and practices to the doctrine and practice of the primitive and apostolic church; and this will give them work enough; and will, whether they will or no, draw them out of their hold and fastness, which is to amuse people with a general inquiry which is the true church, without descending to the examination of their particular doctrines and practices.

    The Works of Dr. John Tillotson, Late Archbishop of Canterbury. Vol. 04.

  • She said it had once belonged to the fastest woman in South Africa, who had given it to her as a joke, but she did not mention the lady's name, nor say in what her "fastness" consisted.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

  • Having baffled them all, she laughed scornfully, flung deceit to the winds, then hurried straight to the "fastness," and there uttered the tribal call.

    Flowing Gold

  • ` But that's a different kind of fastness, 'Alice objected.

    Through the Looking Glass

  • Scotch blood, even beyond the bounds of ordinary "fastness," the fact of his being fond of Brook was not of itself a guarantee that the latter was such a very good young man as his mother said that he was.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

  • Accordingly, while the pure music filled the place and the rich picture of the stage glowed beneath it, Laura found herself face to face with the strange inference that the evil of Selina's nature made her wish -- since she had given herself to it -- to bring her sister to her own colour by putting an appearance of 'fastness' upon her.

    A London Life and Other Tales

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  • (The Time Traveller, lately alert to the danger of the Morlock's nocturnal depredations, sought refuge) "...that I might find some fastness for my sleep" H.G.Wells' "The Time Machine".

    January 29, 2007