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Fasten


F'ASTEN, verb transitive f'asn.

1. To fix firmly; to make fast or close; as, to fasten a chain to the feet, or to fasten the feet with fetters.

2. To lock, bolt or bar; to secure; as, to fasten a door or window.

3. To hold together; to cement or to link; to unite closely in any manner and by any means, as by cement, hooks, pins, nails, cords, etc.

4. To affix or conjoin.

The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with different ideas fastened to them. [Not common.]

5. To fix; to impress.

Thinking, by this face,

To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage.

6. To lay on with strength.

Could he fasten a blow, or make a thrust, when not suffered to approach?

F'ASTEN, verb intransitive To fasten on, is to fix one's self; to seize and hold on; to clinch.

The leech will hardly fasten on a fish.