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fast·ness

 (făst′nĭs)
n.
1. The condition or quality of being fast, especially:
a. Firmness; security.
b. Rapidity; swiftness.
2. The quality or condition of color retention; colorfastness.
3.
a. A secure or fortified place; a stronghold.
b. A remote, secret place.

fastness

(ˈfɑːstnɪs)
n
1. a stronghold; fortress
2. the state or quality of being firm or secure
3. (Dyeing) the ability of a dye to remain permanent and not run or fade
4. archaic swiftness
[Old English fæstnes; see fast1]

fast•ness

(ˈfæst nɪs, ˈfɑst-)

n.
1. a secure or fortified place.
2. the state of being fixed or firm.
3. the state of being rapid.
[before 900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fastness - a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens; "the project advanced with gratifying speed"
pace, rate - the relative speed of progress or change; "he lived at a fast pace"; "he works at a great rate"; "the pace of events accelerated"
haste, hastiness, hurriedness, hurry, precipitation - overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste"
execution speed - (computer science) the speed with which a computational device can execute instructions; measured in MIPS
graduality, gradualness - the quality of being gradual or of coming about by gradual stages
2.fastness - the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment
immovability, immovableness - not capable of being moved or rearranged
lodgement, lodging, lodgment - the state or quality of being lodged or fixed even temporarily; "the lodgment of the balloon in the tree"
3.fastness - a strongly fortified defensive structurefastness - a strongly fortified defensive structure
citadel, bastion - a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
blockhouse - a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire
defensive structure, defence, defense - a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
hold - a stronghold
donjon, dungeon, keep - the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
redoubt - an entrenched stronghold or refuge

fastness

noun
Reliability in withstanding pressure, force, or stress:
Translations
سُرْعَه
rychlost
hurtighed
hraîi
çabuklukhızlılık

fastness

[ˈfɑːstnɪs] N (= stronghold) → fortaleza f; [of mountain etc] → lo más intrincado
in their Cuban mountain fastnessen las espesuras serranas de Cuba

fastness

n
(= stronghold)Feste f; mountain fastnessBergfeste f
(of colours)Farbechtheit f
(= immorality)Liederlichkeit f

fastness

[ˈfɑːstnɪs] n (liter) → roccaforte f

fast1

(faːst) adjective
1. quick-moving. a fast car.
2. quick. a fast worker.
3. (of a clock, watch etc) showing a time in advance of the correct time. My watch is five minutes fast.
adverb
quickly. She speaks so fast I can't understand her.
ˈfastness noun
fast food(s)
food that can be quickly prepared, eg hamburgers etc.

fast·ness

n. resistencia.
References in classic literature ?
A thousand years, Haply ten thousand, hence the fox shall make His fastness in thy tomb, the weasel take Her young to thy dim sanctuary.
Ten miles away the island of Murea, like some high fastness of the Holy Grail, guarded its mystery.
But that's a different kind of fastness,' Alice objected.
So he turned his back upon the village of Mbonga and melted away into the leafy fastness of the forest.
Our only hope, he said, lay in reaching his tribe which was quite strong enough in their mountain fastness to beat off any number of Sagoths.
Without further delay I determined to make myself arms and a fastness where I might sleep.
Some conjectured that the band of Indians, whose trail they had discovered in the neighborhood of the stray horse, had been lying in wait for them in some secret fastness of the mountains; and were about to attack them on the open plain, where they would have no shelter.
Tarzan could see no reason for believing that Jane could have found it advisable to deny her identity or that of the child; the only explanation that he could put upon the matter was that, after all, the white woman who had accompanied his son and the Swede into the jungle fastness of the interior had not been Jane at all.
At the same instant Muda Saffir with fifty of his head-hunting Dyaks emerged from the jungle east of the camp, bent on discovering the whereabouts of the girl the Malay sought and bearing her away to his savage court far within the jungle fastness of his Bornean principality.
If the operation is successful and Dick Moore finds himself again Leslie will retreat into some remote fastness of her soul where none of us can ever find her.
All that night he forged ahead until, with the dawning of a new day, he entered the low foothills that guard the approach to the fastness of the mountains of Torquas.
Werper was upon his feet now, gazing, white and trembling, at the fate which had overtaken him even in the fastness of the labyrinthine jungle.