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.
adj 1: firmly closed or secured; "found the gate fastened"; "a
fastened seatbelt" [ant: unfastened]
2: intent and directed steadily; "had her gaze fastened on the
stranger"; "a fixed expresson" [syn: fixed]
3: furnished or closed with buttons or something buttonlike
[syn: buttoned] [ant: unbuttoned]
4: fastened with strings or cords; "a neatly tied bundle" [syn:
tied] [ant: untied]