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

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And while some would opt to update a nearly 40-year-old design—pull a hem in here, change the fastenings there—the princess happily wore it as-is. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Rewears a Look from 2007 for the First Day of Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019 Nails and screws are ancient wood-fastening technology that still get the job done today. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "When To Use Nails Vs. Screws," 6 Aug. 2019 Nordgaard said while the Lennar project includes similar cement board cladding, the building includes more glass and improved fastening systems for a higher quality look. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst aldermen express displeasure with facade of proposed development," 11 June 2019 Garnier’s team is now studying how individual ants cling to one another to create the structure and how ants at the fastening points can hold the weight of 100 comrades. Quanta Magazine, "The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants," 9 Apr. 2014 Once a yak has died—of natural means, per Buddhist tenets—the animal’s bones also find new life as jewelry and tent-fastenings. National Geographic, "What is a yak?," 26 Mar. 2019 The show's trio of hairstyles—a traditional low ponytail, side ponytail slung over one shoulder, and tall top knot—were practical but quickly elevated with the slapdash fastening of a leather cuff slide secured with a long sleek pin at the base. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Prada Serves Up the Secret to Pulling Off Neon Bright Eye Makeup With Ease," 3 May 2019 The strappy sport sandals come complete with Velcro fastenings and are basically a warm-weather version of the platform sneaker (translation: comfy). Glamour, "Sporty Sandals Are the Footwear Trend You Need to Try This Spring," 20 Mar. 2019 Working on the project has been very interesting: bringing the shapes and textiles we are known for into the context of down jackets and technical fastenings—a real crossover. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "A Genius Development: The New Designers—And Dog—Joining Moncler’s Rapidly Expanding Megastructure," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of fastening

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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