Definition and Meanings for fasting

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Part of Speech of fasting

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, adjective, comparative, superlative, adverb, verb

Etymology of fasting

as. f; akin to d. vasten, ohg. fast, g. fasten, icel. & sw. fasta, dan. faste, goth. fastan to keep, observe, fast, and prob. to e. fast firm oe. faste, fast; cf. as. f, ohg. fasta, g. faste. see fast, v. i.pos oe., firm, strong, not loose, as. f; akin to os. fast, d. vast, ohg. fasti, festi, g. fest, icel. fastr, sw. & dan. fast, and perh. to e. fetter. the sense swift comes from the idea of keeping close to what is pursued; a scandinavian use. cf. fast, adv., fast, v., avast oe. faste fir

Meaning of fasting


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry.
  • to practice abstinence as a religious exercise or duty; to abstain from food voluntarily for a time, for the mortification of the body or appetites, or as a token of grief, or humiliation and penitence.

as noun, intransitive verb

  • abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment.
  • voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation.
  • a time of fasting, whether a day, week, or longer time; a period of abstinence from food or certain kinds of food; as, an annual fast.

as adjective, comparative, superlative, adverb, verb

  • firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door.
  • firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
  • firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.
  • permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.
  • tenacious; retentive.
  • not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.
  • moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse.
  • given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver.
  • in such a condition, as to resilience, etc., as to make possible unusual rapidity of play or action; as, a fast racket, or tennis court; a fast track; a fast billiard table, etc.

as adverb, adjective

  • in a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably.
  • in a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast.

as noun

  • 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.
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