[ waw-ter-fast, -fahst, wot-er- ]

  1. (of a color or dye) resistant to the effects caused by water; not changed or faded by the action of water.

Origin of water-fast

First recorded in 1540–50

Words Nearby water-fast

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How to use water-fast in a sentence

  • "We're making water fast in the forward compartment," came a voice through the speaking-tube.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • Her crew succeeded in rescuing him, but she was making water fast, and there was nothing for it but to run her into the bank.

    The Invasion | William Le Queux
  • I could perceive there was a breeze, and that the ship was going through the water fast; by her lurching, she was close hauled.

    Miles Wallingford | James Fenimore Cooper
  • All the straw raised on the farm would scarcely suffice to keep the houses water-fast if applied solely to this purpose.

  • When the springs would not supply the water fast enough, a well was dug.

    The Adventures of Two Alabama Boys | H. J. Crumpton and Washington Bryan Crumpton