Word of the Day: Fast

Fast/fast/făst

Adjective: the capability of acting or moving in a swift manner
“The fast talker makes mistakes.”
Japanese proverb

Adjective: taking the least amount of time to accomplish a specific task
Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.”
Xenophon, 430 BC – 357 BC

Adjective: quick to understand or learn certain content
“I’m a fast learner. I may not run as fast as I use to, but I think I still learn as fast.”
Carl Lewis, 1961-

Adjective: not likely to fade
“Beauty seen is never lost, God’s colors all are fast.”
John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807 – 1892

Adjective: totally loyal
“So for twelve miles I rode with Sherman, and we became fast friends.”
Buffalo Bill, 1846 – 1917

Adjective: indicating that something is ahead of the standard time
“I keep my clocks a little fast, that way time won’t take me by surprise.”
Ruth Whitman, 1922-1999

Adjective: firmly secured or not easily freed
“Tree roots such as Tap, Net and Flat hold fast in the ground storing proper nutrients.”

Adverb: with great speed; quickly
“A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.”
Ovid, 43 BC – 17 AD

Adverb: tightly
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
Langton Hughes, 1902-1967

Adverb: ahead of the correct time
“I’m afraid of getting too close, falling in love too fast, trusting too much, and expecting too much of the wrong person.”
Unknown

Adverb: in a sound manner
“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.”
Unknown

Adverb: firmly secured
“He who grasps at all, holds nothing fast.”
German proverb

Noun: the voluntary act of going without food or drink
“A fast is better than a bad meal.”
Irish proverb

Noun: a period of time when a person chooses not to eat or drink
“A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God’s commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands.”
Edwin Louis Cole, 1922 – 2002

Verb: to go without food or drink during a particular time frame
“My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray.”
Mahatma Gandhi, 1869 – 1948

Verb: to consume only certain foods or drinks sparingly
“He who eats until he is ill must fast until he is well.”
English proverb