- something that fastens, as a lock or clasp.
Origin of fastening
- to attach firmly or securely in place; fix securely to something else.
- to make secure, as an article of dress with buttons, clasps, etc., or a door with a lock, bolt, etc.
- to enclose securely, as a person or an animal (usually followed by in): to fasten a monkey in a cage.
- to attach, associate, or connect: to fasten a nickname on someone.
- to direct (the eyes, thoughts, etc.) intently: to fasten one's eyes on a speaker.
- to become fast, fixed, or firm.
- to close firmly or securely; lock: This clasp won't fasten.
- to take a firm hold; seize (usually followed by on or upon): to fasten on an idea.
- to focus attention; concentrate (usually followed by on or upon): His gaze fastened on the jewels.
Origin of fasten
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Examples from the Web for fastening
Contemporary Examples of fastening
He starts by tying a cable onto the rear axle of the car, fastening the other end to a post.April Fool’s! Hollywood’s Biggest Pranks
April 1, 2012
Historical Examples of fastening
It was pushed to, but not locked, and had no fastening upon it except the lock, in which was the key.Weighed and Wanting
The manner of fastening the ribs to the frame pieces is optional.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Evidently the fastening was serving him better than he had dared hope.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He was giving up hope for Hermione and fastening hope on Vere.A Spirit in Prison
When cooked, remove the cloth and put in a clean one, fastening it as before.The Skilful Cook
- something that fastens, such as a clasp or lock
- to make or become fast or secure
- to make or become attached or joined
- to close or become closed by fixing firmly in place, locking, etc
- (tr; foll by in or up) to enclose or imprison
- (tr usually foll by on) to cause (blame, a nickname, etc) to be attached (to); place (on) or impute (to)
- (usually foll by on or upon) to direct or be directed in a concentrated way; fixhe fastened his gaze on the girl
- (intr usually foll by on) take firm hold (of)
Word Origin for fasten
Word Origin and History for fastening
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.