fastening

[ fas-uh-ning, fah-suh- ]
/ ˈfæs ə nɪŋ, ˈfɑ sə- /

noun

something that fastens, as a lock or clasp.

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Nearby words

  1. fast-twitch,
  2. fastback,
  3. fastball,
  4. fasten,
  5. fastener,
  6. faster,
  7. fastidious,
  8. fastidiously,
  9. fastie,
  10. fastigiate

Origin of fastening

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at fasten, -ing1

fasten

[ fas-uhn, fah-suhn ]
/ ˈfæs ən, ˈfɑ sən /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of fasten

before 900; Middle English fastenen, Old English fæstnian; cognate with Old Norse fastna to betroth; akin to fast1

Related formsre·fas·ten, verb (used with object)well-fas·tened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fastening

fastening

/ (ˈfɑːsənɪŋ) /

noun

something that fastens, such as a clasp or lock

fasten

/ (ˈfɑːsən) /

verb

Derived Formsfastener, noun

Word Origin for fasten

Old English fæstnian; related to Old Norse fastna to pledge, Old High German fastinōn to make fast; see fast 1

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Word Origin and History for fastening

fasten

v.

Old English fæstnian "make fast, firm," also "ratify, betroth," from Proto-Germanic *fastinojanan (cf. Old Frisian festnia "to make firm, bind fast," Old Saxon fastnon, Old High German fastnion, Old Norse fastna "to pledge, betroth"), from *fastuz (see fast (adj.)). Related: Fastened; fastener; fastening.

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