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Webster 1913 Edition


Fastness

Fast′ness

,
Noun.
[AS.
fæstnes
, fr.
fæst
fast. See
Fast
,
Adj.
]
1.
The state of being fast and firm; firmness; fixedness; security; faithfulness.
All . . . places of
fastness
[are] laid open.
Sir J. Davies.
2.
A fast place; a stronghold; a fortress or fort; a secure retreat; a castle;
as, the enemy retired to their
fastnesses
in the mountains
.
3.
Conciseness of style.
[Obs.]
Ascham.
4.
The state of being fast or swift.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fastness

F'ASTNESS

, n.
1.
The state of being fast and firm; firm adherence.
2.
Strength; security.
The places of fastness are laid open.
3.
A strong hold; a fortress or fort; a place fortified; a castle. The enemy retired to their fastnesses.
4.
Closeness; conciseness of style. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


fastness

fastness

English

Noun

fastness (countable and uncountable, plural fastnesses)

  1. A secure or fortified place; a stronghold, a fortress
    • 1917, Edgar Rice Burroughs, chapter VII”, in A Princess of Mars, archive.org, published 1917:
      The incubators are built in remote fastnesses, where there is little or no likelihood of their being discovered by other tribes.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, ch. 4
      When she came to know writers it was like adventuring upon a stage which till then she had known only from the other side of the footlights. She saw them dramatically, and really seemed herself to live a larger life because she entertained them and visited them in their fastnesses.
  2. The state of being fast.
    1. firmness, security
    2. rapidity, swiftness
  3. The ability of a dye to withstand fading

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