Fas·ten v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fastened p. pr. & vb. n. Fastening ]
1. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to fasten a door or window.
2. To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything in our thoughts.
The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them. --Swift.
3. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow. [Obs.]
If I can fasten but one cup upon him. --Shak.
To fasten a charge upon or To fasten a crime upon, to make his guilt certain, or so probable as to be generally believed.
To fasten one's eyes upon, to look upon steadily without cessation. --Acts iii. 4.
Syn: -- To fix; cement; stick; link; affix; annex.
Fas·ten, v. i. To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling.
A horse leech will hardly fasten on a fish. --Sir T. Browne.
v 1: cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the
door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man" [syn: fix, secure]
2: become fixed or fastened; "This dress fastens in the back"
3: attach to; "They fastened various nicknames to each other"
4: make tight or tighter; "Tighten the wire" [syn: tighten]