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fast1 British & World English

Moving or capable of moving at high speed

fast2 British & World English

Abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance

fast1 English Thesaurus

a fast sports car

fast2 English Thesaurus

the ministry instructed people to fast, pray, and read scripture

Fast, Howard Melvin British & World English

(1914–2003), US writer. He is best known for his historical novels and as a member of the Communist party 1943–56 who was imprisoned in 1950 for refusing to cooperate with the House Committee on Un-American Activities

acid-fast British & World English

Denoting bacteria that cannot be decolorized by an acid after staining, which is characteristic of the mycobacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy

fast day British & World English

A day when one abstains from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance

fast food British & World English

Easily prepared processed food served in snack bars and restaurants as a quick meal or to be taken away

fast ice British & World English

Ice that covers seawater but is attached to land

fast lane British & World English

A lane of a motorway or dual carriageway for use by traffic that is overtaking or moving more quickly than the rest

fast-talk British & World English

Pressurize (someone) into doing something using rapid or misleading speech

hold fast British & World English

Remain tightly secured

colour fast British & World English

Dyed in colours that will not fade or be washed out

fast worker British & World English

A person who makes rapid progress or achieves results quickly, especially in love affairs

fast break British & World English

A swift attack from a defensive position in basketball, soccer, and other ball games

fast-living British & World English

Engaging in a lifestyle characterized by excitement, extravagance, and risk-taking

fast-moving British & World English

Rapid in movement, action, or progress

fast-paced British & World English

(Of a narrative or series of events) moving or developing very quickly

fast track British & World English

A route or method which provides for more rapid results than usual

fast-twitch British & World English

(Of a muscle fibre) contracting rapidly, thus providing strength rather than endurance

fast breeder British & World English

A breeder reactor in which the neutrons causing fission are not slowed by any moderator

fast follower British & World English

A company that quickly imitates the innovations of its competitors

fast forward British & World English

A control on a tape or video recorder for winding the tape forward rapidly

fast-growing British & World English

Increasing in size at a rapid rate

fast neutron British & World English

A neutron with high kinetic energy, especially one released by nuclear fission and not slowed by any moderator

fast reactor British & World English

A nuclear reactor in which fission is caused mainly by fast neutrons

a fast buck British & World English

Easily and quickly earned money

hard and fast British & World English

(Of a rule or a distinction made) fixed and definitive

thick and fast British & World English

Rapidly and in great numbers

fast-pitch softball British & World English

A variety of the game of softball, featuring fast underhand pitching

play fast and loose British & World English

Behave irresponsibly or immorally

life in the fast lane British & World English

An exciting and eventful lifestyle, especially one bringing wealth and success

fast worker in fast1 British & World English

A person who makes rapid progress or achieves results quickly, especially in love affairs

a fast buck in buck2 British & World English

Easily and quickly earned money

handfast British & World English

Engage (someone) to be married

hard and fast in hard British & World English

(Of a rule or a distinction made) fixed and definitive

thick and fast in thick British & World English

Rapidly and in great numbers

fast-forward in fast forward British & World English

Wind (a tape) forward rapidly

fast-pitch in fast-pitch softball British & World English

A variety of the game of softball, featuring fast underhand pitching

make fast in fast1 English Thesaurus

the craft is made fast to the shore

play fast and loose in play British & World English

Behave irresponsibly or immorally

leg British & World English

Each of the limbs on which a person or animal walks and stands

life in the fast lane in fast lane British & World English

An exciting and eventful lifestyle, especially one bringing wealth and success


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