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- v. Present participle of fast.
- n. Action of the verb to fast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abstaining from food; the act of observing a fast.
- n. In the law and customs of ancient communities, particularly in Ireland, a method for the collection of debts, by which the creditor went to the door of the debtor, and there sat down to stay without food until paid: a person who would not yield to this form of demand was treated thereafter in some sense as an outlaw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. abstaining from food
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By replacing the alleluia sung in the normal seasons, it represents a kind of fasting from the wordless jubilation of the alleluia.
And fasting is not exactly what one would "celebrate" unless you are Evo Morales right now!
Maybe prayer and fasting is the answer – right Michele Bachmann?
A normal level, after a night of fasting, is under 100 mg/dl, regardless of your size.
Abstaining for a period of time through voluntary juice fasting is possible and has health benefits as well, though you should consult your physician before beginning.
Some people point out that fasting is not the most important thing and, therefore, they do not need to worry about it.
But fasting is good insofar as it achieves a good end.
The celebration, which culminates the end of Ramadan - the month of fasting, is determined after the sighting of the new moon, and not all countries, or sects for that matter, celebrate it on the same day.
Matthew 6. 16-18 indicates that fasting is supposed to be done in private.
Among the Children of Israel one of the Kazis had a wife of surpassing beauty, constant in fasting and abounding in patience and long-suffering; and he, being minded to make the pilgrimage to