Thursday, April 14, 2005


Fast is an interesting word because two of its meanings seem contradictory.

As an adjective, fast means swift or quick.

  • She is a fast runner.
  • The internet is very fast.

But fast also means firm or without movement.

  • The farmer made fast the door to the storage shed.
  • He is my fast friend and has stood by me in difficult times.
  • The desk drawers were stuck fast.

The second meaning according to Merriam-Websters Online dictionary is the original meaning historically.

When we use fast as a verb, it means to eat little or no food.

Christians fast during lent, and Moslems fast during Ramadan.

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