adjective, fast·er, fast·est.
- indicating a time in advance of the correct time, as of a clock.
- noting or according to daylight-saving time.
- (of money, profits, etc.) made quickly or easily and sometimes deviously: He earned some fast change helping the woman with her luggage.
- cleverly quick and manipulative in making money: a fast operator when it comes to closing a business deal.
- (of a lens) able to transmit a relatively large amount of light in a relatively short time.
- (of a film) requiring a relatively short exposure time to attain a given density.
- (of a track condition) completely dry.
- (of a track surface) very hard.
adverb, fast·er, fast·est.
Origin of fast1
Synonyms for fast
Antonyms for fast
Related Words for fasterrapid, agile, brisk, nimble, hot, quick, swift, tight, durable, sure, stable, true, loose, easy, rapidly, swiftly, soon, quickly, hard, fleeting
Examples from the Web for faster
Contemporary Examples of faster
Their clear priorities : faster economic growth and promoting upward mobility for the middle and working classes.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
When he next tried out for the varsity, he weighed 174 pounds and was faster than he had been on his arrival at West Point.How His West Point Football Experience Inspired Eisenhower
November 11, 2014
The cars had plush green upholstery and stained-glass windows and were faster and cheaper than a horse-and-buggy.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
This will be a temporary position—to help us get started and to respond to the “We need to do more, we need to do it faster.”Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter
September 26, 2014
They know this is a rotten deal and they are demoralized, running faster and faster with no hope of catching up.Why Your Doctor Feels Like a 'Beaten Dog'
September 11, 2014
Historical Examples of faster
I think I'm just a split second surer and faster than you are with a gun.Way of the Lawless
What was there in life that could enable one to forget it faster?Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Faster and faster she fled to the forest, bearing the broken blade to Siegmund's wife.Opera Stories from Wagner
Wouldn't you get on faster with your books if you had a teacher?
I have not been the better for it; I was getting on faster while I was merely a plodder.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- proof against fadingthe colour is fast to sunlight
- (in combination)washfast
- requiring a relatively short time of exposure to produce a given densitya fast film
- permitting a short exposure timea fast shutter
Word Origin for fast
- an act or period of fasting
- (as modifier)a fast day
Word Origin for fast
"one who fasts," c.1300, agent noun from fast (v.).
Old English fæst "firmly fixed, steadfast, secure, enclosed," probably from Proto-Germanic *fastuz (cf. Old Frisian fest, Old Norse fastr, Dutch vast, German fest), from PIE root *past- "firm" (cf. Sanskrit pastyam "dwelling place").
The adverb meaning "quickly, swiftly" was perhaps in Old English, or from Old Norse fast, either way developing from the sense of "firmly, strongly, vigorously" (cf. to run hard means to run fast; also compare fast asleep), or perhaps from the notion of a runner who "sticks" close to whatever he is chasing.
The sense of "living an unrestrained life" (usually of women) is from 1746 (fast living is from 1745). Fast buck recorded from 1947; fast food is first attested 1951. Fast-forward first recorded 1948. Fast lane is by 1966; the fast track originally was in horse-racing (1934); figurative sense by 1960s. To fast talk someone (v.) is recorded by 1946.
Old English fæstan "to fast" (as a religious duty), from Proto-Germanic *fastejan (cf. Old Frisian festia, Old High German fasten, German fasten, Old Norse fasta), from the same root as fast (adj.).
The original meaning was "hold firmly," and the sense evolution is via "firm control of oneself," to "holding to observance" (cf. Gothic fastan "to keep, observe," also "to fast"). Presumably the whole group is a Germanic translation of Medieval Latin observare "to fast." Related: Fasted; fasting.
Old English fæstan, festen, or Old Norse fasta; from the root of fast (v.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with fast
- fast and furious
- fast and loose
- fast buck
- fast lane
- fast track
- get nowhere (fast)
- hard and fast
- pull a fast one
- stand one's ground (fast)
- thick and fast