fas·​ten·​ing | \ ˈfas-niŋ How to pronounce fastening (audio) , ˈfa-sᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of fastening

: something that fastens : fastener

Examples of fastening in a Sentence

a coat with button and loop fastenings
Recent Examples on the Web With Bieber’s knit bralette barely peeking out from inside her blazer, the look is fun for a night out, and can easily be worn to meetings with the quick fastening of a blazer button, or the addition of a T-shirt. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "The Get: Hailey Bieber’s Go-To Day-to-Night Outfit In 7 Days 7 Looks," 14 Nov. 2020 To make your bow string, tie loops into both ends of the 550 cord, using bowline knots or a similar fastening. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Tips For Building a Bow (and Arrows) in a Survival Situation," 25 June 2020 The lightweight bralette ditches the worst parts of bras—padding, elastic, metal fastenings, and wires—in favor of a pull-on minimalist design. Braelyn Wood,, "This Spanx Bra Is Proof Your Bra Doesn’t Need to Be an Uncomfortable Cage," 10 Apr. 2020 Repeat the fastening procedure on the opposite piece of flat stock and on the opposite side of the rack. Ricard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Your Very Own Indoor Firewood Rack," 8 Feb. 2020 The right hand plays with what looks to be a toggle fastening. New York Times, "‘The Man in the Red Coat,’ by Julian Barnes: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 Put it simply, a knot is some kind of fastening or splice made by intertwining one or more ropes or some other flexible material. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know," 2 Apr. 2019 Two key methods: having sturdy posts, known as bollards, erected in front of stores; and fastening ATMs to the floor or wall in a more secure way than regular bolts. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Two men plead guilty in ‘brash’ Montgomery County ATM heist," 22 Feb. 2020 The compact tool has four modes, including 1,000 foot-pounds of fastening torque and a bolt-removal setting. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Sleep Soundly Under the Stars with the Nemo Rave," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fastening

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fastening was in the 12th century

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“Fastening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fastening

: something that fastens one thing to another thing


fas·​ten·​ing | \ ˈfa-sᵊn-iŋ \

Kids Definition of fastening

: something that holds another thing shut or in the right position

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