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Fast appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Free Ritz wristwatch.
    Try saying Ritz wristwatch 5 times fast!
    (from the back of a Ritz cracker box)

Fast appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Race fast, safe car.
  • A Toyota! Race fast… safe car: a Toyota.
  • Go Bill: it's "sip it safe, fast--I piss 'till I bog."
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective fast:


Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective fast and its most common antonym:


Fast is sometimes a misspelling of first.

The word fast is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective fast

What does fast mean as an attribute of a noun?

Fast is one of the top 100 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: faster | fastest

  1. acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
  2. (used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time
    • example: my watch is fast
    • antonym: slow
  3. at a rapid tempo
  4. (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds
    • examples: a fast road | grass courts are faster than clay
    • similar: smooth
  5. resistant to destruction or fading
  6. unrestrained by convention or morality
  7. hurried and brief
  8. securely fixed in place
  9. unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause
    • example: fast friends
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonyms of fast: firm / loyal / truehearted
    • similar: faithful
  10. (of a photographic lens or emulsion) causing a shortening of exposure time

Alternative definition of the adjective fast


  1. firmly or securely fixed in place; stable [definition from 9th c.]
  2. Of people: steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now only in set phrases like "fast friend".) [definition from 10th c.]
  3. Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [computing, of a piece of hardware] Able to transfer data in a short period of time
  5. deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people) [definition 16th-19th c.]
  6. Of dyes or colours: not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light; permanent [definition from 17th c.]
  7. [colloquial] Having an extravagent lifestyle or immoral habits [definition from 18th c.]
  8. ahead of the correct time or schedule [definition from 19th c.]
  9. [context: of photographic film] More sensitive to light than average [definition from 20th c.]

Definition of the adverb fast

What does fast mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form)
    • examples: 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
  2. firmly or closely
    • examples: held fast to the rope | her foot was stuck fast
    • synonym of fast: tight

Alternative definition of the adverb fast


  1. In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved [definition from 10th c.]
  2. [context: of sleeping] deeply or soundly [definition from 13th c.]
  3. Immediately following in place or time; close, very near [definition from 13th c.]
  4. quickly, with great speed; within a short time [definition from 13th c.]
  5. ahead of the correct time or schedule

Definition of the noun fast

What does fast mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fasts

  1. abstaining from food
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of fast: fasting
    • more generic word: abstinence = act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
    • more specific terms:
      • dieting / diet = the act of restricting your food intake
      • hunger strike = a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest
      • Ramadan = a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan

Alternative definition of the noun fast


  1. The act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food
  2. The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food
  3. [British, rail transport] A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations

Definition of the verb fast

What does fast mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fasted | fasting | fasts

  1. abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons
    • example: Catholics sometimes fast during Lent
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: abstain / desist / refrain = choose not to consume
    • more specific word: diet = follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons
  2. abstain from eating
    • example: Before the medical exam, you must fast
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: abstain / desist / refrain = choose not to consume
    • more specific word: diet = eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight

Other definitions of fast

What does fast also mean?


  1. [archery] Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target


  1. Fast a.k.a. Willie Parker: Willie Everette Parker, Jr. is a retired American football running back who played for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. After playing college football for North Carolina, he was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
  2. Fast a.k.a. Brian Leiser: Brian Andrew Leiser, is a member of the band Fun Lovin' Criminals, plays bass, keyboards, harmonica, and the trumpet. He attended Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua NY, graduating in 1990.
  3. Fast a.k.a. Barry Wright is a rapper.

There are other people with in their name, like Fast Ali, Ida Fast, Adam Fast, Brad Fast, Fast Jake, Omer Fast, Russ Fast, April Fast, Ernst Fast, Fast Eddie and many others.


Fast is a fictional character from the book A Dog's Purpose.


  1. "Fast" is a 2013 short film written and directed by Melanie Vesey.
  2. "Fast" is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Dante Desarthe.
    • country: France
    • language: French
    • costume design by Anne Schotte
    • genres: Romantic comedy, Comedy
    • released on (20 years ago)


  1. "Fast" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "Fast" is a musical album of Bleach.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  3. "Fast" is a musical album of Custom.
    • released on (12 years ago)


  1. FAST is an acronym used as a mnemonic to help detect and enhance responsiveness to stroke victim needs. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time.
  2. Fast is a breed temperament.
  3. Fast is a cricket bowling pace.
  4. Fast is a canonical version, musical recording.
  5. Fast is a religious practice.
  6. Fast is a film music contributor.
  7. FAST a.k.a. The USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies brings together storage system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems.
  8. Fast a.k.a. Fas-activated serine/threonine kinase is a gene.
    • also known as FAST kinase

Phrases with Fast

Phrases starting with the word Fast:

  1. fast day
  2. fast dye
  3. fast one
  4. fast buck
  5. fast food
  6. fast lane
  7. Fast Rope
  8. fast-food
  9. fast-talk
  10. fast break
  11. fast of ab
  12. fast of av
  13. fast track
  14. fast-paced

Phrases ending with the word Fast:

  1. to fast
  2. acid-fast
  3. hold fast
  4. very fast
  5. Earth-Fast
  6. stand fast

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fast

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Google previewHow to Study as a Mathematics Major (2013)

by Lara Alcock

Being fast means that you'll have more time to do more practice, or to study another topic, or to go out with your friends. It is also the case that people who are good at some mathematical topic—those with a deep and thorough understanding ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

forward engineer support team FET facility engineer team FEU forty-foot equivalent unit FEZ fighter engagement zone FF navy fast frigate Ff fatigue correction factor FFA free-fire area FFC force fires coordinator FFCC flight ferry control center ...

Google previewThe Slang Dictionary Or the Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and Fast Expressions of High and Low Society Many with Their Etymology, and a Few with Their History Traced (1864)

FAST, gay, spreeish, unsteady, thoughtless,—an Anm'ieanism that has of late ascended from the streets to the drawing-room. The word has certainly now a distinct meaning, which it had not thirty years ago. QUICK is the synonyme for FAST, ...

Google previewDictionary of Scientific Principles (2012)

by Stephen Marvin

Syndrome Principle; Unlearned Principle FAST COMPUTATION Principle of molecular dynamics FAST STOCHASTIC GLOBAL OPTIMIZATION Correspondence Principle; Entropy Maximum Principle; Extended Maximum Entropy Principle; ...

Google previewThe Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary (Music Instruction) (1993)

by Hal Leonard Corp.

Tempo Terms Term Meaning Grave Very Slow Largo, Lento Slow Larghetto A little faster than Largo Adagio Moderately Slow Andante "Walking" Tempo Andantino A little faster than Andante* Allegretto A little slower than Allegro Allegro Fast ...

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Quotes about Fast

When I was young, I was too slow. I thought I must learn to run fast by practicing to run fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times. Then I came back, slow, slow, slow. (Emil Zatopek)
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Scrabble value of F4A1S1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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