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Fast vs. First

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Fastadjective

(dated) Firmly or securely fixed in place; stable.

‘That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast!’;

Firstadjective

Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest.

‘The first day of September 2013 was a Sunday.’; ‘I was the first runner to reach the finish line, and won the race.’;

Fastadjective

Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.

Firstadjective

Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest.

‘Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.’; ‘the first violinist’;

Fastadjective

(of people) Steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now mostly in set phrases like fast friend(s).)

Firstadverb

Before anything else; firstly.

‘Clean the sink first, before you even think of starting to cook.’;

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Fastadjective

Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid.

‘I am going to buy a fast car.’;

Firstadverb

For the first time;

‘I first witnessed a death when I was nine years old.’;

Fastadjective

Causing unusual rapidity of play or action.

‘a fast racket, or tennis court; a fast track; a fast billiard table; a fast dance floor’;

Firstnoun

(uncountable) The person or thing in the first position.

‘He was the first to complete the course.’;

Fastadjective

Able to transfer data in a short period of time.

Firstnoun

(uncountable) The first gear of an engine.

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Fastadjective

Deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people).

Firstnoun

(countable) Something that has never happened before; a new occurrence.

‘This is a first. For once he has nothing to say.’;

Fastadjective

(of dyes or colours) Not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light; permanent.

‘All the washing has come out pink. That red tee-shirt was not fast.’;

Firstnoun

first base

‘There was a close play at first.’;

Fastadjective

(obsolete) Tenacious; retentive.

Firstnoun

A first-class honours degree.

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Fastadjective

(dated) Having an extravagant lifestyle or immoral habits.

‘a fast woman’;

Firstnoun

A first-edition copy of some publication.

Fastadjective

Ahead of the correct time or schedule.

‘There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast.’;

Firstnoun

A fraction of an integer ending in one.

‘one forty-first of the estate’;

Fastadjective

(of photographic film) More sensitive to light than average.

Firstnoun

(obsolete) Time; time granted; respite.

Fastadverb

In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved; safe, sound .

‘Hold this rope as fast as you can.’;

Firstadjective

Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first year of a reign.

Fastadverb

(of sleeping) Deeply or soundly .

‘He is fast asleep.’;

Firstadjective

Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.

Fastadverb

Immediately following in place or time; close, very near .

‘The horsemen came fast on our heels.’;

Firstadjective

Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest; as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.

‘It is the intention of the person to reveal it at first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself.’; ‘See, Father, what first fruits on earth are sprungFrom thy implanted grace in man!’;

Fastadverb

Quickly, with great speed; within a short time .

‘Do it as fast as you can.’;

Firstadverb

Before any other person or thing in time, space, rank, etc.; - much used in composition with adjectives and participles.

‘Adam was first formed, then Eve.’; ‘And all are fools and lovers first or last.’;

Fastadverb

Ahead of the correct time or schedule.

‘I think my watch is running fast.’;

Firstnoun

The upper part of a duet, trio, etc., either vocal or instrumental; - so called because it generally expresses the air, and has a preëminence in the combined effect.

Fastnoun

A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations

Firstnoun

the first or highest in an ordering or series;

‘He wanted to be the first’;

Fastnoun

The act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food.

Firstnoun

the first element in a countable series;

‘the first of the month’;

Fastnoun

The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food.

‘Lent and Ramadan are fasts of two religions.’;

Firstnoun

the time at which something is supposed to begin;

‘they got an early start’; ‘she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her’;

Fastinterjection

(archery) Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target

Firstnoun

the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first base

Fastverb

(intransitive) To restrict one’s personal consumption, generally of food, but sometimes other things, in various manners (totally, temporally, by avoiding particular items), often for religious or medical reasons.

‘Muslims fast during Ramadan and Catholics during Lent.’;

Firstnoun

an honours degree of the highest class

Fastverb

To abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry.

‘Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.’;

Firstnoun

the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

Fastverb

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.

‘Thou didst fast and weep for the child.’;

Firstadjective

preceding all others in time or space or degree;

‘the first house on the right’; ‘the first day of spring’; ‘his first political race’; ‘her first baby’; ‘the first time’; ‘the first meetings of the new party’; ‘the first phase of his training’; ‘the last time I saw Paris’; ‘the last day of the month’; ‘had the last word’; ‘waited until the last minute’; ‘he raised his voice in a last supreme call’; ‘the last game of the season’; ‘down to his last nickel’;

Fastnoun

Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment.

‘Surfeit is the father of much fast.’;

Firstadjective

indicating the beginning unit in a series

Fastnoun

Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation.

Firstadjective

serving to set in motion;

‘the magazine's inaugural issue’; ‘the initiative phase in the negotiations’; ‘an initiatory step toward a treaty’; ‘his first (or maiden) speech in Congress’; ‘the liner's maiden voyage’;

Fastnoun

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.

Firstadjective

serving to begin;

‘the beginning canto of the poem’; ‘the first verse’;

Fastnoun

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.

Firstadjective

ranking above all others;

‘was first in her class’; ‘the foremost figure among marine artists’; ‘the top graduate’;

Fastadjective

Firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door.

‘There is an order that keeps things fast.’;

Firstadjective

highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections;

‘first soprano’; ‘the first violin section’; ‘played first horn’;

Fastadjective

Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.

‘Outlaws . . . lurking in woods and fast places.’;

Firstadjective

being the gear producing the lowest drive speed;

‘use first gear on steep hills’;

Fastadjective

Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.

Firstadverb

before anything else;

‘first we must consider the garter snake’;

Fastadjective

Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.

Firstadverb

the initial time;

‘when Felix first saw a garter snake’;

Fastadjective

Tenacious; retentive.

‘Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells.’;

Firstadverb

before another in time, space, or importance;

‘I was here first’; ‘let's do this job first’;

Fastadjective

Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.

‘All this while in a most fast sleep.’;

Firstadverb

prominently forward;

‘he put his best foot foremost’;

Fastadjective

Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse.

Fastadjective

Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver.

Fastadjective

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.

Fastadverb

In a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably.

‘We will bind thee fast.’;

Fastadverb

In a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast.

‘He, after Eve seduced, unminded slunkInto the wood fast by.’; ‘Fast by the throne obsequious Fame resides.’;

Fastnoun

abstaining from food

Fastverb

abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons;

‘Catholics sometimes fast during Lent’;

Fastverb

abstain from eating;

‘Before the medical exam, you must fast’;

Fastadjective

acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly;

‘fast film’; ‘on the fast track in school’; ‘set a fast pace’; ‘a fast car’;

Fastadjective

(used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time;

‘my watch is fast’;

Fastadjective

at a rapid tempo;

‘the band played a fast fox trot’;

Fastadjective

(of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds;

‘a fast road’; ‘grass courts are faster than clay’;

Fastadjective

firmly fastened or secured against opening;

‘windows and doors were all fast’; ‘a locked closet’; ‘left the house properly secured’;

Fastadjective

resistant to destruction or fading;

‘fast colors’;

Fastadjective

unrestrained by convention or morality;

‘Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society’; ‘deplorably dissipated and degraded’; ‘riotous living’; ‘fast women’;

Fastadjective

hurried and brief;

‘paid a flying visit’; ‘took a flying glance at the book’; ‘a quick inspection’; ‘a fast visit’;

Fastadjective

securely fixed in place;

‘the post was still firm after being hit by the car’;

Fastadjective

unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause;

‘a firm ally’; ‘loyal supporters’; ‘the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe’; ‘fast friends’;

Fastadverb

quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form);

‘how fast can he get here?’; ‘ran as fast as he could’; ‘needs medical help fast’; ‘fast-running rivers’; ‘fast-breaking news’; ‘fast-opening (or fast-closing) shutters’;

Fastadverb

firmly or tightly;

‘held fast to the rope’; ‘her foot was stuck fast’; ‘held tight’;

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