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English Dictionary: fasten by the DICT Development Group
3 results for fasten
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
    Synonym(s): fasten, fix, secure
    Antonym(s): unfasten
  2. become fixed or fastened; "This dress fastens in the back"
    Antonym(s): unfasten
  3. attach to; "They fastened various nicknames to each other"
  4. make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire"
    Synonym(s): tighten, fasten
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fasten \Fas"ten\, v. i.
      To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.
               A horse leech will hardly fasten on a fish. --Sir T.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fasten \Fas"ten\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fastened}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Fastening}.] [AS. f[91]stnian; akin to OHG.
      festin[omac]n. See {Fast}, a.]
      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 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
                     The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the
                     service of many successions of parties, with very
                     different ideas fastened to them.      --Swift.
      3. 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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