Definition of fasten
fasteningplay \ˈfas-niŋ, ˈfa-sən-iŋ\
1a : to attach especially by pinning, tying, or nailingb : to make fast and securec : to fix firmly or securelyd : to secure against opening
2 : to fix or set steadily fastened her attention on the main problem
3 : to take a firm grip with the dog fastened its teeth in the shoe
4a : to attach (oneself) persistently and usually objectionablyb : to place forcefully : impose fastened the blame on the wrong person
1 : to become fast or fixed
2a : to take a firm grip or holdb : to focus attention
fastenerplay \ˈfas-nər, ˈfa-sən-ər\ noun
Examples of fasten in a Sentence
fastening clothes on a clothesline
He fastened the dog's leash to a post and went into the store.
two boards fastened together by nails
a decorative clasp that could be used to fasten a cape or cloak
a shoe that fastens with a buckle
This dress fastens in the back.
She twisted her hair into a bun and fastened it with bobby pins.
Make sure the lid is tightly fastened.
The lock was so damaged it wouldn't fasten.
He fastened his hands on my arm and wouldn't let go.
Recent Examples of fasten from the Web
According to the airline, the passengers refused to stop charging their cellphones during takeoff, fasten their seatbelts and put their seats upright.
Get strap-happy Use a leather punch to put a hole in each end of the natural-leather strips, then fasten them onto drawers with flat-backed brass machine screws in front and acorn nuts in back.
Fasten your wig caps and get ready for something fierce.
The pull-in parking spots — each with their own menu and an intercom to place an order — are still there, as are the car hops who bring out the food on trays that can be fastened to the vehicle window.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Scott fastened her prescription goggles for her first-ever swim lesson.
Some dressed their dogs as well, fastening vibrant tutus around their hindquarters.
Measuring about seven inches high and six inches wide, the mask is perforated with nine small holes, which may indicate that it was fastened to the face by weaving thread or another material through the holes.
One passenger, who was identified only as Eva, said the cabin crew tried to calm passengers and told them to fasten their seatbelts after a noise was heard.
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Origin and Etymology of fasten
Middle English fastnen, from Old English fæstnian to make fast; akin to Old High German festinōn to make fast, Old English fæst fast
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of fasten
FASTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fasten for English Language Learners
: to attach (something) or join (two things or two parts of something) especially by using a pin, nail, etc.
of parts of something : to become attached or joined
: to put something in a position or location in such a way that it will not move
FASTEN Defined for Kids
Definition of fasten for Students
1 : to attach or join by or as if by pinning, tying, or nailing She fastened the papers together.
2 : to make firm and secure Fasten your seat belt.
3 : to become fixed or joined The dress fastens in the back.
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