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fastening

[fas-uh-ning, fah-suh-] /ˈfæs ə nɪŋ, ˈfɑ sə-/
noun
1.
something that fastens, as a lock or clasp.
Origin of fastening
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see fasten, -ing1

fasten

[fas-uh n, fah-suh n] /ˈfæs ən, ˈfɑ sən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attach firmly or securely in place; fix securely to something else.
2.
to make secure, as an article of dress with buttons, clasps, etc., or a door with a lock, bolt, etc.
3.
to enclose securely, as a person or an animal (usually followed by in):
to fasten a monkey in a cage.
4.
to attach, associate, or connect:
to fasten a nickname on someone.
5.
to direct (the eyes, thoughts, etc.) intently:
to fasten one's eyes on a speaker.
verb (used without object)
6.
to become fast, fixed, or firm.
7.
to close firmly or securely; lock:
This clasp won't fasten.
8.
to take a firm hold; seize (usually followed by on or upon):
to fasten on an idea.
9.
to focus attention; concentrate (usually followed by on or upon):
His gaze fastened on the jewels.
Origin
before 900; Middle English fastenen, Old English fæstnian; cognate with Old Norse fastna to betroth; akin to fast1
Related forms
refasten, verb (used with object)
well-fastened, adjective
Synonyms
1. connect, link, hook, clasp, clinch, rivet, clamp, bind, tie, tether.
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  • Shearing jammed the fastening mechanism so it could not be turned from the inside.

    The Legion of Lazarus Edmond Hamilton
  • He was giving up hope for Hermione and fastening hope on Vere.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • fastening his eyes upon his son, as if he recognized him, the dying man looked his last farewell.

  • Two small screw-eyes are placed in the boat, for fastening it to the davits.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Meanwhile Lady Queenie, with a safety-pin, was fastening the back hem of her short skirt to the front between the knees.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • At the third blow the fastening gave, and the sides fell apart.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • He heard Jack entering below, swearing at the storm, fastening the door, and finally joining his spouse in the sleeping-chamber.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • And then I saw him fastening upon his forehead an image-lens.

  • Hiram was kneeling beside his agitated bag, and was picking at the knots in its fastening.

British Dictionary definitions for fastening

fastening

/ˈfɑːsənɪŋ/
noun
1.
something that fastens, such as a clasp or lock

fasten

/ˈfɑːsən/
verb
1.
to make or become fast or secure
2.
to make or become attached or joined
3.
to close or become closed by fixing firmly in place, locking, etc
4.
(transitive; foll by in or up) to enclose or imprison
5.
(transitive) usually foll by on. to cause (blame, a nickname, etc) to be attached (to); place (on) or impute (to)
6.
usually foll by on or upon. to direct or be directed in a concentrated way; fix: he fastened his gaze on the girl
7.
(intransitive) usually foll by on. take firm hold (of)
Derived Forms
fastener, noun
Word Origin
Old English fæstnian; related to Old Norse fastna to pledge, Old High German fastinōn to make fast; see fast1
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Word Origin and History for fastening

fasten

v.

Old English fæstnian "make fast, firm," also "ratify, betroth," from Proto-Germanic *fastinojanan (cf. Old Frisian festnia "to make firm, bind fast," Old Saxon fastnon, Old High German fastnion, Old Norse fastna "to pledge, betroth"), from *fastuz (see fast (adj.)). Related: Fastened; fastener; fastening.

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