Fast by, or Fast beside, close or near to; near at hand.
He, after Eve seduced, unminded slunkMilton.
Into the wood fast by.
Fast by the throne obsequious Fame resides.Pope.
(Fast), n. That which fastens or holds; especially, (Naut.) a mooring rope, hawser, or chain; - -
called, according to its position, a bow, head, quarter, breast, or stern fast; also, a post on a pier
around which hawsers are passed in mooring.
(Fas"ten) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fastened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fastening ] [AS. fæstnian; akin to OHG.
festinon. See Fast, a.]
1. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to
fasten a door or window.
2. To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something
, or to cleave together, by any means; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything
in our thoughts.
The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very
different ideas fastened to them.Swift.
3. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow. [Obs.] Dryden.
If I can fasten but one cup upon him.Shak. To fasten a charge, or a crime, upon, to make his guilt certain, or so probable as to be generally
believed. To fasten one's eyes upon, to look upon steadily without cessation. Acts iii. 4.
Syn. To fix; cement; stick; link; affix; annex.
(Fas"ten), v. i. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.
A horse leech will hardly fasten on a fish.Sir T. Browne.
(Fas"ten*er) n. One who, or that which, makes fast or firm.
(Fas"ten*ing) n. Anything that binds and makes fast, as a lock, catch, bolt, bar, buckle, etc.
(Fast"er) n. One who abstains from food.
(Fast"-hand`ed) a. Close- handed; close-fisted; covetous; avaricious. [Obs.] Bacon.
(||Fas"ti) n. pl. [L.]
1. The Roman calendar, which gave the days for festivals, courts, etc., corresponding to a modern almanac.
2. Records or registers of important events.
(Fas*tid`i*os"i*ty) n. Fastidiousness; squeamishness. [Obs.] Swift.
(Fas*tid"i*ous) a. [L. fastidiosus disdainful, fr. fastidium loathing, aversion, perh. fr. fastus
arrogance (of uncertain origin) + taedium loathing. Cf. Tedious, Fash.] Difficult to please; delicate to
a fault; suited with difficulty; squeamish; as, a fastidious mind or ear; a fastidious appetite.
Proud youth ! fastidious of the lower world.Young.
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