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Fast vs. Slow

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Fastadjective

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

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

Slowadjective

Taking a long time to move or go a short distance, or to perform an action; not quick in motion; proceeding at a low speed.

‘a slow train;’; ‘a slow computer’;

Fastadjective

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

Slowadjective

Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.

Fastadjective

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

Slowadjective

Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.

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Fastadjective

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

‘I am going to buy a fast car.’;

Slowadjective

Not hasty; not tending to hurry; acting with deliberation or caution.

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’;

Slowadjective

(of a clock or the like) Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.

‘That clock is slow.’;

Fastadjective

Able to transfer data in a short period of time.

Slowadjective

Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.

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Fastadjective

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

Slowadjective

(of a period of time) Not busy; lacking activity.

‘It was a slow news day, so the editor asked us to make our articles wordier.’; ‘I'm just sitting here with a desk of cards, enjoying a slow afternoon.’;

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.’;

Slowverb

(transitive) To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of.

Fastadjective

(obsolete) Tenacious; retentive.

Slowverb

(transitive) To keep from going quickly; to hinder the progress of.

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Fastadjective

(dated) Having an extravagant lifestyle or immoral habits.

‘a fast woman’;

Slowverb

(intransitive) To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate.

Fastadjective

Ahead of the correct time or schedule.

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

Slownoun

Someone who is slow; a sluggard.

Fastadjective

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

Slownoun

(music) A slow song.

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.’;

Slowadverb

Slowly.

‘That clock is running slow.’;

Fastadverb

(of sleeping) Deeply or soundly .

‘He is fast asleep.’;

Slow

Slew.

Fastadverb

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

‘The horsemen came fast on our heels.’;

Slowadjective

Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift; not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as, a slow stream; a slow motion.

Fastadverb

Quickly, with great speed; within a short time .

‘Do it as fast as you can.’;

Slowadjective

Not happening in a short time; gradual; late.

‘These changes in the heavens, though slow, producedLike change on sea and land, sidereal blast.’;

Fastadverb

Ahead of the correct time or schedule.

‘I think my watch is running fast.’;

Slowadjective

Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as, slow of speech, and slow of tongue.

‘Fixed on defense, the Trojans are not slowTo guard their shore from an expected foe.’;

Fastnoun

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

Slowadjective

Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation; tardy; inactive.

‘He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.’;

Fastnoun

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

Slowadjective

Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time; as, the clock or watch is slow.

Fastnoun

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

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

Slowadjective

Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of arts and sciences.

Fastinterjection

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

Slowadjective

Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome; dull.

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.’;

Slowadverb

Slowly.

‘Let him have time to mark how slow time goesIn time of sorrow.’;

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.’;

Slowverb

To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer.

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.’;

Slowverb

To go slower; - often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge.

Fastnoun

Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment.

‘Surfeit is the father of much fast.’;

Slownoun

A moth.

Fastnoun

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

Slowverb

lose velocity; move more slowly;

‘The car decelerated’;

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.

Slowverb

become slow or slower;

‘Production slowed’;

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.

Slowverb

cause to proceed more slowly;

‘The illness slowed him down’;

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.’;

Slowadjective

not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time;

‘a slow walker’; ‘the slow lane of traffic’; ‘her steps were slow’; ‘he was slow in reacting to the news’; ‘slow but steady growth’;

Fastadjective

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

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

Slowadjective

at a slow tempo;

‘the band played a slow waltz’;

Fastadjective

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

Slowadjective

slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;

‘so dense he never understands anything I say to him’; ‘never met anyone quite so dim’; ‘although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick’; ‘dumb officials make some really dumb decisions’; ‘he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse’; ‘worked with the slow students’;

Fastadjective

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

Slowadjective

(used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time;

‘the clock is slow’;

Fastadjective

Tenacious; retentive.

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

Slowadjective

so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;

‘a boring evening with uninteresting people’; ‘the deadening effect of some routine tasks’; ‘a dull play’; ‘his competent but dull performance’; ‘a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention’; ‘what an irksome task the writing of long letters is’; ‘tedious days on the train’; ‘the tiresome chirping of a cricket’; ‘other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome’;

Fastadjective

Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.

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

Slowadjective

(of business) not active or brisk;

‘business is dull (or slow)’; ‘a sluggish market’;

Fastadjective

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

Slowadverb

without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly');

‘he spoke slowly’; ‘go easy here--the road is slippery’; ‘glaciers move tardily’; ‘please go slow so I can see the sights’;

Fastadjective

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

Slowadverb

of timepieces;

‘the clock is almost an hour slow’; ‘my watch is running behind’;

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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