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F'ASTEN, v.t. f'asn.

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?

F'ASTEN, v.i. To fasten on, is to fix one's self; to seize and hold on; to clinch.

The leech will hardly fasten on a fish.



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F'ASTEN, v.t. f'asn.

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?

F'ASTEN, v.i. To fasten on, is to fix one's self; to seize and hold on; to clinch.

The leech will hardly fasten on a fish.

FAS'TEN, v.i.

To fasten on, is to fix one's self; to seize and hold on; to clinch. The leech will hardly fasten on a fish. Brown.


FAS-TEN, v.t. [fàsn; Sax. fæstnian; Sw. fastna; D. vesten; Dan. fæster; Ir. fostugadh, fostughim.]

  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.] Swift.
  5. To fix; to impress. Thinking, by this face, / To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage. Shak.
  6. To lay on with strength. Could he fasten a blow, or make a thrust, when not suffered to approach? Dryden.

Fas"ten
  1. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to fasten a door or window.
  2. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.

    A horse leech will hardly fasten on a fish. Sir T. Browne.

  3. 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; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything in our thoughts.

    The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them. Swift.

  4. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow.

    [Obs.] Dryden.

    If I can fasten but one cup upon him. Shak.

    To fasten a charge, or a crime, upon, to make his guilt certain, or so probable as to be generally believed. -- To fasten one's eyes upon, to look upon steadily without cessation. Acts iii. 4.

    Syn. -- To fix; cement; stick; link; affix; annex.

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Fasten

F'ASTEN, verb transitive f'asn.

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, etc.

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?

F'ASTEN, verb intransitive To fasten on, is to fix one's self; to seize and hold on; to clinch.

The leech will hardly fasten on a fish.

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