verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- fashoda incident,
- fassbinder, rainer werner,
- fast and furious,
- fast and loose,
- fast break,
- fast buck,
- fast casual
Origin of fast2
Examples from the Web for fasting
Now, it is the most traditional and celebrated Christmas cake in Germany—and definitely not associated with fasting.
Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items such as dairy and sugar were forbidden.
And saints are a pretty svelte bunch, what with all the fasting and suffering.
Since this hearing was taking place during Ramadan, many of the Muslims had been fasting since sunrise.
This jives with his previous research that fasting can weaken cancer in mice.
And when those two brothers had arrived there, they began a course of fasting and asceticism to propitiate her.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
On Good Friday the Vaudois observed the day according to the usage of their church, by fasting and humiliation.The Vaudois of Piedmont|John Napper Worsfold
Herodotus says that the Egyptians prepared themselves by fasting for the celebration of the great festival of Isis.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
But always it is a debt which necessitates a loan, the payment of interest, economy, and fasting.What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon
Before that memorable evening I purified my heart by fasting and prayer.Cord and Creese|James de Mille
- 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
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