Syn. — Squeamish; critical; overnice; difficult; punctilious. — Fastidious, Squeamish. We call a person fastidious when his taste or feelings are offended by trifling defects or errors; we call him squeamish when he is excessively nice or critical on minor points, and also when he is overscrupulous as to questions of duty. "Whoever examines his own imperfections will cease to be fastidious; whoever restrains his caprice and scrupulosity will cease to be squeamish." Crabb.

Fas*tid"i*ous*ly, adv.Fas*tid"i*ous*ness, n.

(Fas*tig"i*ate Fas*tig"i*a`ted) a. [L. fastigium gable end, top, height, summit.]

1. Narrowing towards the top.

2. (Bot.) Clustered, parallel, and upright, as the branches of the Lombardy poplar; pointed.

3. (Zoöl.) United into a conical bundle, or into a bundle with an enlarged head, like a sheaf of wheat.

(Fast"ish) a. Rather fast; also, somewhat dissipated. [Colloq.] Thackeray.

(Fast"ly), adv. Firmly; surely.

(Fast"ness), n. [AS. fæstnes, fr. fæst fast. See Fast, a.]

1. The state of being fast and firm; firmness; fixedness; security; faithfulness.

All . . . places of fastness [are] laid open.
Sir J. Davies.

2. A fast place; a stronghold; a fortress or fort; a secure retreat; a castle; as, the enemy retired to their fastnesses in the mountains.

3. Conciseness of style. [Obs.] Ascham.

4. The state of being fast or swift.

(Fas"tu*ous) a. [L. fastuosus, from fastus haughtiness, pride: cf. F. fastueux.] Proud; haughty; disdainful. [Obs.] Barrow.Fas"tu*ous*ness, n. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.

(Fat) n. [See Vat, n.]

1. A large tub, cistern, or vessel; a vat. [Obs.]

The fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Joel ii. 24.

2. A measure of quantity, differing for different commodities. [Obs.] Hebert.

(Fat), a. [Compar. Fatter ; superl. Fattest ] [AS. f&aemacrtt; akin to D. vet, G. fett, feist, Icel. feitr, Sw. fet, Dan. fed, and perh. to Gr. pi^dax spring, fountain, pidy`ein to gush forth, pi`wn fat, Skr. pi to swell.]

1. Abounding with fat; as: (a) Fleshy; characterized by fatness; plump; corpulent; not lean; as, a fat man; a fat ox. (b) Oily; greasy; unctuous; rich; — said of food.

2. Exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid.

Making our western wits fat and mean.

Make the heart of this people fat.
Is. vi. 10.

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