- 1 [with object] Close or do up securely: the tunic was fastened with a row of gilt buttonsMore example sentences
- She made sure his seatbelt was securely fastened before closing the door on him.
- Lydia fastened the cloth door closed and took inventory of the room.
- Once I had fastened the seatbelt and closed the door, Jason flicked a small switch on the dashboard, and the machine roared to life.
- 1.1 [no object, with adverbial] Be closed or done up in a particular manner: a blue nightie that fastens down the backMore example sentences
- A blue plaque fastened into the wall publicises the office's past as the dining room in the home of journalist Henry Morton Stanley.
- We drove home with a green boat perched atop a white wooden box of camping gear, fastened to a blue Volkswagen.
- Chell's white wraparound skirt, reaching from beneath her arms to her ankles and fastened at the back, was pulled in by a blue sash around her waist.
- 1.2 [with object and adverbial] Fix or hold in place: she fastened her locket round her neckMore example sentences
- She was fastening some of her hair up with glittery clips while the rest cascaded down her neck and back.
- She was at the vanity, fastening her pale blonde hair into a bun that was already unraveling.
- I made my way to the bathroom where I fished through piles of hair accessories until I found my giant clip with which I fastened my hair in a French twist.
- 2 [no object] (fasten on/upon) Single out (someone or something) and concentrate on them or it obsessively: the critics fastened upon two sections of the reportMore example sentences
- It is true that the human imagination fastens on to single personalities, not casualty statistics.
- With so many essays covering a diversity of themes and ideas, it is hard to fasten on a single idea as the central theme of the collection.
- When you're doing a high-tech type of job, working under pressure against impossible time-scales, you tend to fasten on something silly and obsessive to ease the strain.
- 2.1 [with object] (fasten something on/upon) Direct one’s eyes, thoughts, etc. intently at: his gaze was fastened on his daughter [no object]: his eyes seemed to fasten on herMore example sentences
- Realising that he wasn't getting any money from me, he began to glance away, and fastened his eyes on a wallet that a gentleman who passed us had in his hand.
- What I did do, I noticed, was to keep a very beady eye on him from across the room: waiting to see what kind of man he fastened his attentions on this time.
- He sat down carefully, and fastened his eyes on his glass desktop.
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- Steel or aluminum components are fabricated into sections using fasteners, locking rods, or welding.
- Riveting is the joining of two metals by means of metal fasteners which mechanically lock them selves in position.
- The exhibits included zips, fasteners, threads and yarn.
Old English fæstnian 'make sure', also 'immobilize', of West Germanic origin; related to fast1.