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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.]

fasting

(ˈfɑːstɪŋ)
n
the act of fasting
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fasting - abstaining from foodfasting - abstaining from food      
abstinence - act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
dieting, diet - the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)
hunger strike - a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest
Ramadan - (Islam) a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan
Translations
صِيام
půst
faste
böjtölés
fasta
oruç tutma

fasting

[ˈfɑːstɪŋ] n (= going without food) → jeûne mfast lane n (on road) the fast lane (in countries with right-hand drive)la voie de droite; (in countries with left-hand drive)la voie de gauchefast-moving [ˌfɑːstˈmuːvɪŋ] adj [car] → rapide; [industry, sector] → en évolution rapidefast track fast-track n
her career was on the fast track → elle progressait rapidement dans sa carrière
the fast track to sth → le plus court chemin vers qchfast-track [ˈfɑːsttræk]
vt
[+ pupil, student, employee] → faire suivre un programme accéléré à
(= bring forward) [+ date, event] → avancer
modif [promotion] → accéléré(e); [system, scheme] → accéléré(e)

fasting

nFasten nt

fasting

[fɑːstɪŋ] ndigiuno

fast2

(faːst) verb
to go without food, especially for religious or medical reasons. Muslims fast during the festival of Ramadan.
noun
a time or act of fasting. She has just finished two days' fast.
ˈfasting noun

fas·ting

n. ayuno.

fasting

adj en ayunas; — blood glucose glucemia en ayunas (form), azúcar en la sangre en ayunas; n ayuno, (el) ayunar; Fasting for a day won’t do you any harm..Ayunar por un día no le hará ningún daño
References in classic literature ?
Despite the doctor's orders that she should not go out early in the morning, Natasha insisted on fasting and preparing for the sacrament, not as they generally prepared for it in the Rostov family by attending three services in their own house, but as Agrafena Ivanovna did, by going to church every day for a week and not once missing Vespers, Matins, or Mass.
I am sorry, madam," cries he, "that your ladyship can't eat; for to be sure you must be hungry after so long fasting.
FASTING HAD A GREATER EFFECT ON ME IN MY CHILDHOOD than something as significant as trans-sub-stan-ti-a-tion.
Most religions that involve fasting - whether Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism or Christianity - have built-in safeguards to help people cope with hunger and thirst and minimize damage to health, says Dr.
Fasting serves as a means to both concrete and symbolic purification.