Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
fæstnian; akin to OHG.
To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.;
fastena chain to the feet; to
fastena door or window.
To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means;
fastenboards together with nails or cords; to
fastenanything in our thoughts.
The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas
To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on;
If I can
fastenbut one cup upon him.
Syn. – To fix; cement; stick; link; affix; annex.
To fix one’s self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.
A horse leech will hardly
fastenon a fish.
Sir T. Browne.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To fix firmly; to make fast or close; as, to fasten a chain to the feet, or to fasten the feet with fetters.
2.To lock, bolt or bar; to secure; as, to fasten a door or window.
3.To hold together; to cement or to link; to unite closely in any manner and by any means, as by cement, hooks, pins, nails, cords, &c.
4.To affix or conjoin.
The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with different ideas fastened to them. [Not common.]
5.To fix; to impress.
Thinking, by this face,
To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage.
6.To lay on with strength.
Could he fasten a blow, or make a thrust, when not suffered to approach?
The leech will hardly fasten on a fish.