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Fast, adj. 1) close, firmly fixed: “make f. the doors,” Merch. II, 6, 49. “the gates made f.” H6C IV, 7, 10. “all f.?” H8 V, 2, 3 (== closed). “whom we raise we will make f. within a hallowed verge,” H6B I, 4, 25. f. and loose (a cheating game of gipsies and other vagrants): LLL I, 2, 162. III, 104. John III, 1, 242. Ant. IV, 12, 28.
2) close, deep, sound: “in a most f. sleep,” Mcb. V, 1, 9.
3) firm, confirmed: “remain f. foe to the plebeii,” Cor. II, 3, 192. “'tis our f. intent,” Lr. I, 1, 39. With to, == firm in adherence, faithfully devoted: “wilt thou be f. to my hopes, if I depend on the issue?” Oth. I, 3, 369. “and will continue f. to your affection,” Cymb. I, 6, 138.
4) quick: “idle weeds are f. in growth,” R3 III, 1, 103. “springs out into f. gait,” H8 III, 2, 116.
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