stand fast

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stand fast refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stand fast to be unmoved
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Quotations

  • John F. Kennedy
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    “The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. standan; Goth. standan, Ger. stehen; cf. Gr. histanai, to place, L. stāre, to stand.

Usage

In literature:

Stand fast, Titinius: we must out and talk.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
Stand fast, put your hands up!
"The Story of Nathan Hale" by Henry Fisk Carlton
But she gave Mr. Stand-fast a ring.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
In vain Morley yelled to his little band to stand fast.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
Her heart seemed to stand still, and then began to beat so hard and fast that she felt as though she had a steam-engine in her chest.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
He tried to stand up, but Pierre's grip held him fast.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Pull the standing parts and the knots will remain fast.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Turning, he urged the men to stand fast.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
They stand fast and take what the sky sends them.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
The sea is fast eating the base of the promontory where stands the shrine.
"The Mayas, the Sources of Their History / Dr. Le Plongeon in Yucatan, His Account of Discoveries" by Stephen Salisbury, Jr.
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In poetry:

We view the ruins of the past,
We stand surrounded by decay,
Our transient hours are speeding fast
And, e'er we think, have passed away.
"Dying Hymn." by Alfred Castner King
The bond on my part cannot last,
Yet on both sides stands firm and fast.
I break my bands at ev'ry shock,
Yet never is the bargain broke.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
O haughty-souled, come gather all,
Remember and stand fast and raise
Your heart and hands in common praise
And thus to God in heaven call:
"The Dwellers In Clay" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
We met, hand to hand,
We clasped hands close and fast,
As close as oak and ivy stand;
But it is past:
Come day, come night, day comes at last.
"Twilight Night" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
'Oh happy happy land!
Angels like rushes stand
About the wells of light.'—
'Alas, I have not eyes for this fair sight:
Hold fast my hand.'—
"Christian And Jew" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
“For my father’s mind stands fast in this,
To do thee to hang upon the bough
On the topmost oak in the morning-tide
While the sun is yet but low.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris

In news:

Seats fills up fast at Las Vegas sports books once football season starts, and no matter how much you love your favorite team, standing for three hours to cheer them on gets uncomfortable.
China on Tuesday pledged to make it easier for US companies to win Chinese government contracts, addressing a long-standing complaint of foreign corporations seeking a piece of the fast-growing market.
Taxpayers of all stripes stand to be affected, and the window for 2013 planning is closing fast.
OAKLAND, Calif — Alaskan pollock is usually the faux stand-in for crab meat or the main ingredient in fast-food fish sandwiches.
They didn't like working in fast food and also couldn't stand being a telemarketer.
Stand fast , stand free.
Standing Fast by Harvey Swados Doubleday, 656 pp.
Standing Fast is a long, common-sensical chronicle of the lives of a score of American socialists over twenty-four years, from the Hitler-Stalin pact to the death of J.F.
It does, however, stand out with its affordable price, fast 4G LTE, and solid, waterproof design.
Some students at UCO have banded together to take a stand against a fast food restaurant on campus.
Fast food, concession stand fare and packaged snacks are staples in many households.
Say you're standing on Second Avenue at rush hour, and you need to get downtown fast.
Among the major factors inspiring the conservative grassroots across America to take action is the seeming inability of those in office to stand fast against the liberal onslaught.
The historic Del Taco fast food restaurant off South Grand near St Louis University is still standing after being threatened to be torn down.
Sharing main memory with the display function reduces the amount of memory available to applications, and main memory is not as fast as the specialized video memory on stand-alone cards (see video RAM).
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In science:

The gravitational consta nt in GR is κ = 8πG/c2 , where G is Newton’s constant and c the velocity of light. A symbol like O(ǫn ) stands collectively for terms falling off at least as fast as ǫn .
Close encounters of black holes
Recent analytical modeling of highfrequency waves suggest that the pulsations observed in the atmospheric layers can be a superposition of running acoustic waves (slow MHD) and nearly standing magnetic waves (fast MHD) that are nearly decoupled in the region b ≪ 1.
Magnetic fingerprints of solar and stellar oscillations
Immediately standing out is the large range of red intrinsic (B − V )max colors amongst the fast decliners, similar to what was found by Garnavich et al. (2004).
CfA3: 185 Type Ia Supernova Light Curves from the CfA
In the field of computer simulations , the construction of suitably good and fast pseudo-random number generators (RNGs) has been a long-standing problem .
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
The enormous progress seen in the evolution of fast computing machines and numerical methods stands as one of the great achievements of the twentieth century.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
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