1. A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. The act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food
  2. The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food


  1. To abstain from food, or eat very little, especially for religious or medical reasons.
    Muslims fast during Ramadan.


  1. Firmly or securely fixed in place; stable.
    That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast!
  2. Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
  3. Steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now only in set phrases like "fast friend".)
  4. Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid.
    I am going to buy a fast car.
  5. Able to transfer data in a short period of time.
  6. Deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people).
  7. Not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light; permanent.
    All the washing has come out pink. That red tee-shirt was not fast.
  8. Tenacious; retentive.
  9. Having an extravagant lifestyle or immoral habits.
    She's fast – she slept with him on their first date..
  10. Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
    There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast.
  11. More sensitive to light than average.


  1. In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved .
  2. Deeply or soundly .
  3. Immediately following in place or time; close, very near .
  4. Quickly, with great speed; within a short time .
  5. Ahead of the correct time or schedule.


  1. Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target

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