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fast 1

 (făst)
adj. fast·er, fast·est
1. Acting, moving, or capable of acting or moving quickly; swift.
2.
a. Accomplished in relatively little time: a fast visit.
b. Acquired quickly with little effort and sometimes unscrupulously: made a fast buck scalping tickets.
3. Quick to understand or learn; mentally agile: a class for the faster students.
4. Indicating a time somewhat ahead of the actual time: The clock is fast.
5. Allowing rapid movement or action: a fast running track.
6. Designed for or compatible with a short exposure time: fast film.
7.
a. Disposed to dissipation; wild: ran with a fast crowd.
b. Flouting conventional moral standards; sexually promiscuous.
8. Resistant, as to destruction or fading: fast colors.
9. Firmly fixed or fastened: a fast grip.
10. Fixed firmly in place; secure: shutters that are fast against the rain.
11. Lasting; permanent: fast rules and regulations.
12. Deep; sound: in a fast sleep.
adv. faster, fastest
1. In a secure manner; tightly: hold fast.
2. To a sound degree; deeply: fast asleep.
3. In a rapid manner; quickly.
4. In quick succession: New ideas followed fast.
5. Ahead of the correct or expected time: a watch that runs fast.
6. In a dissipated, immoderate way: living fast.
7. Archaic Close by; near.
Idiom:
fast friend
A friend who is firm in loyalty: became fast friends after only knowing each other a few months.

[Middle English, from Old English fæst, firm, fixed; see past- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: fast1, rapid, swift, fleet2, speedy, quick, expeditious
These adjectives refer to something marked by great speed. Fast and rapid are often used interchangeably, though fast is more often applied to the person or thing in motion, and rapid to the activity or movement involved: a fast runner; rapid strides. Swift suggests smoothness and sureness of movement (a swift current), and fleet, lightness of movement (The cheetah is the fleetest of animals). Speedy refers to velocity (a speedy train) or to promptness or hurry (a speedy resolution to the problem). Quick most often applies to what takes little time or to what is prompt: a quick snack; your quick reaction. Expeditious suggests rapid efficiency: sent the package by the most expeditious means. See Also Synonyms at faithful.

fast 2

 (făst)
intr.v. fast·ed, fast·ing, fasts
1. To abstain from food.
2. To eat very little or abstain from certain foods, especially as a religious discipline.
n.
1. The act or practice of abstaining from or eating very little food.
2. A period of such abstention or self-denial.

[Middle English fasten, from Old English fæstan; see past- in Indo-European roots.]
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but Alice felt she COULD NOT go faster, though she had not breath left to say so.
But the most peculiar virtue of all lay in the fact that the dog that strove to attack one in front of him must pull the sled faster, and that the faster the sled travelled, the faster could the dog attacked run away.
Pinocchio's heart beat fast, and then faster and faster.
To-morrow night came black, then day again, night again, day again, faster and faster still.
In the intervals of the dance the count, breathing deeply, waved and shouted to the musicians to play faster.
Her ears hummed with the tunes she had played the night before; she sang, and the singing made her walk faster and faster.
Faster and faster the notes rang out, and faster and faster in the ruddy firelight, the cats, like living shadows, whirled round the still black figure in the chair, with the ancient harp on its knee.
The coming in here from the bedroom, with my pen and ink and paper, before sunrise--the sitting down at the widely- opened window to get all the air I could to cool me--the ceaseless writing, faster and faster, hotter and hotter, driving on more and more wakefully, all through the dreadful interval before the house was astir again--how clearly I recall it, from the beginning by candle-light, to the end on the page before this, in the sunshine of the new day!
He thrust his head out of the coach window at intervals, and bawled out to know why they didn't go faster.
You see," said the Lightning, as it crept past him inch by inch, "I can travel considerably faster than you.
The girls seldom passed her without her saying, "Move faster, you ~black gip
Suddenly I began to slide, and I went faster and faster until at last I bumped on the ground, at the very end.