adjective -er, -est
- 1 1.1 (speedy)(ball/service)it's her fastest time over this distancefast train she's a fast driver/learneres su mejor tiempo en esta distanciato pull a fast one on somebody [colloquial]maneja or (Spain) conduce/aprende muy rápidojugarle una mala pasada a alguienhacerle una jugarreta a alguienExample sentences
- The big key to Daytona is making sure you have a fast car that is capable of getting out front and staying there.
- Jamie was into speed, he liked fast cars and the adrenaline rush of living life on the edge.
- Am I just different to the norm since I have never been a great lover of watching fast cars speeding around a piece of tarmac for an hour and a half?
- Yorkshire are waiting for a fitness report which will reveal if the fast bowler will be able to play tomorrow.
- But this is a very fast printer able to cope with heavy workloads.
- He was a fast learner, able to look back at his own mistakes and improve.
Example sentences1.3 (predicative) my watch is five minutes fast
- The first mistake was to choose indoor carpet, a fast surface, that suited Leander's serve and volley game.
- It's not a high-speed circuit, there are not many fast corners.
- Our fastest roads (our motorways) are also our safest.
1.4 (Photography)mi reloj (se) adelanta cinco minutostengo el reloj cinco minutos adelantado(film)(shutter)Example sentences
- Taking the fast outfield into consideration, fans could be in for a rather heavy-scoring game.
- Both batsmen got in some early practice, taking advantage of friendly bowling from the PCA XI and a fast outfield.
- The surface of the pitch was outstanding and the outfield was fast and true.
- Again this is where you use the fast film and enlarge for the portrait.
- This was big-time exposure country, and had I known in advance I would have brought my tripod and a stock of fast film!
- It's a good idea in any case to have a selection of slow, medium and fast film on hand at all times.
- So depending on the lighting conditions you may need to use fast lenses and/or high speed film.
- It should be lighter, with a fairly fast lens, and reasonable responsiveness and battery life.
- Obviously you will want to use your fastest lens, let me know what it is and I will try to suggest a film for you to use.
- 2 (tight) (predicative) he made fast to the jettyamarró (el barco) al desembarcaderoExample sentences
- Dockhands caught the lines and pulled the ship in and made it fast.
- We sent boats with ropes and hawsers to the rocks, wound a rope round a rock, made a hawser fast to the rope, and swung to it with a length of hawser.
- 3 (permanent)Example sentences
- From the tubes, a not so fast dye is extracted for colouring silk.
- The setup had to be optimized for response times below microseconds by using a fast dye and by applying a fast fluorescence detector.
- All those shops selling these goods have to give consumers the assurance that they are fast colour, non-shrinkable and correct size.
- 4 (dissolute) [dated]Example sentences
- Mumbai, on the other hand, was used to money and a fast lifestyle.
- Lack of strong family bonds and fast lifestyle also contribute to this habit.
- Reid is one such fellow, his name frequently prompting the response 'Who?', even from those of his compatriots with a passing interest in wheels and fast living.
- 1 1.1 (quickly) not so fast!the day is fast approaching when …¡más despacio!how fast were you going?se está acercando rápidamente el día en que …fast and furiousthe questions came fast and furious¿a qué velocidad ibas?play has been fast and furiouslo ( or los etc) ametrallaron a preguntas1.2 (ahead of schedule) See examples: it's running six minutes fastel partido ha sido rápido y dinámicova seis minutos adelantadoExample sentences
- Responsible drivers know that driving very fast or recklessly will endanger their life and other people's.
- I stalled and swore, went too fast or too slow, but he was patient and spoke to me in soothing tones.
- At that point, the US share market had been growing extremely fast for several years.
- The news spread fast and the crowds became a crush within a few hours.
- Everything happened really fast, there was a lot of people.
- He spoke of his days in the school and how fast the fifteen years since he left had gone.
- 2 (firmly) See examples: to hold fast to somethinghe held fast to the ideaagarrarse fuerte a or de algostand fast if they try to change your mindse aferró a la ideathe car was stuck fast in the mudmanténte firme si te quieren hacer cambiar de ideael coche estaba atascado en el barro
- to break one's fastinterrumpir el ayunoExample sentences
- On Christmas Day they can eat these things, but the rituals centre more on the last day of the fast on Christmas Eve, he says.
- Repeated juice fasts are recommended at intervals of every two months.
- St. Thomas lived a life of austerity; his fasts, for instance, being in marked contrast to the luxury in which he might have lived if he chose.
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