verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of fast2
Examples from the Web for fasting
Contemporary Examples of 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.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Since this hearing was taking place during Ramadan, many of the Muslims had been fasting since sunrise.When Bigotry Comes to Your Hometown
July 11, 2014
This jives with his previous research that fasting can weaken cancer in mice.Fasting Might Regenerate Human Immune System
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of fasting
In prayer and penance and fasting he would find help and consolation.
But the results of his fasting were the reverse of his expectations.
There's nothing but prayer and penance and fasting left to us, is there?
You will need strength and courage, and neither is possible to a fasting body.The Sea-Hawk
They had done penance enough, fasting and waiting and standing all day long.Cyropaedia
- 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