c(1) of a timepiece or weighing device : indicating in advance of what is correct Your clock is two minutes fast.

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e : acquired with unusually little effort and often by shady or dishonest methods had a keen eye for a fast buck— R. A. Keith
8 : resistant lớn change (as from destructive action or fading) fast dyes —often used in combination sunfastacid-fast bacteria

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Adjective

fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. Fast & rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly khổng lồ the thing that moves fast horses và rapid to the movement itself. rapid current swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement. returned the ball with one swift stroke fleet adds the implication of lightness và nimbleness. fleet runners quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time. a quick wit speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment speedy delivery of mail và may also suggest unusual velocity. Hasty suggests hurry và precipitousness and often connotes carelessness. a hasty inspection expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment. the expeditious handling of an order


Adjective She"s a very fast runner. We"re off khổng lồ a fast start. We"re now experiencing a faster rate of inflation. We took the faster route. Adverb The boss expects this to be done this afternoon, so you"d better work fast. He ran as fast as he could. This is fast becoming a national problem. You need lớn act fast lớn take advantage of this offer. I don"t know what caused the accident. It all happened so fast. She"s a woman who can think fast in a crisis. He"s going khổng lồ have to talk fast to get himself out of this mess. The window was stuck fast. She held fast khổng lồ her belief in justice. We must stand fast và not surrender! Verb She always fasts on Yom Kippur. Patients must fast for six hours before having the procedure. See More

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First Known Use of fast

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above


History & Etymology for fast

Adjective và Adverb

Middle English, from Old English fæst; akin to Old High German festi firm, Old Norse fastr, Armenian hast

Verb & Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English fæstan

Noun (2)

alteration of Middle English fest, from Old Norse festr rope, mooring cable, from fastr firm


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The first known use of fast was before the 12th century

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