Definitions

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  • adj. Firm or planted in the earth, and difficult to remove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Firm in the earth, and difficult to be removed.

Etymologies

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From Middle English *erthfast, *erthfeste, from Old English eorþfæst ("earthfast, fixed in the earth, firm in the earth"), equivalent to earth +‎ -fast.

Examples

  • Then those wicked men bound Edmund and shamefully insulted him and beat him with clubs, and afterward they led the faithful king to an earth-fast tree and tied him to it with hard bonds, and afterwards scourged him a long while with whips, and among the blows he was always calling with true faith on Jesus Christ.

    Archive 2008-04-20

  • Gabriele - earth-fast timber posts do rot quite quickly.

    Birdoswald Roman Fort: dating the post-Roman use of the site

  • Then those wicked men bound Edmund and shamefully insulted him and beat him with clubs, and afterwards they led the faithful king to an earth-fast tree and tied him to it with hard bonds, and afterwards scourged him a long while with whips, and among the blows he was always calling the true faith of Jesus Christ.

    Archive 2007-05-13

  • Dark, rich, earth-born, earth-fast, material, she looked down at Creed where he stood beside her, his hand on the sorrel's neck, his calm blue eyes raised to hers.

    Judith of the Cumberlands

  • He permitted one for an instant to perceive a musical realm in which the earth-fast could not breathe.

    Musical Portraits Interpretations of Twenty Modern Composers

  • Sighed forth from out the rooted, earth-fast trees,

    The poetical works of George MacDonald in two volumes — Volume 1

  • He ceased, and what a shout went up, seeming to shake the earth-fast hill, scaring the eagles from their high nests, and rolling in long echoes, like reverberated thunder among the resounding hills.

    The Roman Traitor (Vol. 2 of 2)

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