• Fastening the upper to the sole
    Fastening the upper to the sole
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fasten make tight or tighter "Tighten the wire"
    • v fasten attach to "They fastened various nicknames to each other"
    • v fasten cause to be firmly attached "fasten the lock onto the door","she fixed her gaze on the man"
    • v fasten become fixed or fastened "This dress fastens in the back"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first manager of the Seattle Space Needle, Hoge Sullivan, was acrophobic - fearful of heights. The 605 foot tall Space Needle is fastened to its foundation with 72 bolts, each 30 feet long. The Space Needle sways approximately 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind. It was built to withstand a wind velocity of 200 miles-per-hour.
    • Fasten 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."
    • Fasten To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow. "If I can fasten but one cup upon him."
    • Fasten 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.
    • v. i Fasten To fix one's self; to take firm hold; to clinch; to cling. "A horse leech will hardly fasten on a fish."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The shoe string was invented in England in 1790. Until then shoes were fastened with buckles.
    • fasten To make fast; cause to adhere; join, connect, or attach firmly; fix or secure in place or position by any physical means: as, to fasten a door with a lock, bolt, or chain; to fasten boards together with nails or screws, or by mortise and tenon; to fasten clothing with buttons, pins, clasps, etc.
    • fasten Figuratively, to attach or unite by any connecting link or agency; connect or join firmly in general: as, to fasten a nickname or a charge upon one; to fasten one's hope on a promise.
    • fasten To make firm or stable; establish; confirm; clench: as, to fasten a bargain.
    • fasten To lay on; cause to reach.
    • fasten = Syn 1 and To bind, attach, tie, link, affix, annex.
    • fasten To become fast or fixed; become attached or firmly joined; close firmly.
    • fasten To take firm hold; cling: generally with on.
    • n fasten A Middle English form of fast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fasten fas′n to make fast or tight: to fix securely: to attach firmly one thing to another: to confirm
    • v.i Fasten to fix itself
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them. If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.”
  • Bette Davis
    “Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night! [As Margo Channing in All About Eve]”
  • Jean Racine
    Jean Racine
    “It's no longer a warmth hidden in my veins: it's Venus entire and whole fastening on her prey.”
  • Howard Crosby
    Howard Crosby
    “A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fæstnian,; akin to OHG. festinōn,. See Fast (a.)


In literature:

It is probable, therefore, that the wood was overlaid with plates of gilded bronze, fastened on with nails.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
He ran up to her, felt to see if she was still fastened and, snatching her hand, examined the ring.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
The wires are fastened under the screw-heads.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
These flags are fastened on poles 24 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Fasten the four points in the center by running the pin through them and driving it into the stick.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
On the other side of the tent Tonzo took his place on a similar platform, fastened to a pole.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
Then the two side pieces are fastened to it, as shown in Fig.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
When it has done working, paste a piece of paper on the bung-hole, and after three days it may be fastened close.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
She thought the monkey was fastened out of the house.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Trusty had never worn a harness in his life, or been fastened to anything.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various

In poetry:

While thus my soul is fixt on him
Once fasten'd to the wood,
Safe shall I pass through Jordan's stream,
And reach the realms of God.
"In Sickness" by Augustus Montague Toplady
No more your needed rest at night
By ribald youth is troubled;
No more your windows, fastened tight,
Yield to their knocks redoubled.
"The Roasting Of Lydia" by Roswell Martin Field
Lo! from the regions of the north,
The reddening storm of battle pours,
Rolls along the trembling earth,
Fastens on the Olynthian towers.
"Ode To Eloquence " by Henry Carey
Only the rider's heart
halts at a sightless shadow, an unsaid word
that fastens in the blood of the ancient curse,
the fear as old as Cain.
"Bora Ring" by Judith Wright
I'd see the harbour in the evening light,
The old men staring at some distant ship,
The fishing boats they fasten left and right
Beside the slip.
"The Harbour" by Winifred Mary Letts
OH thou cruel deadly-lovely maiden,
Tell me what great sin have I committed,
That thou keep'st me to the rack thus fasten'd,
That thou hast thy solemn promise broken?
"Morning Lament" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Folding bikes are now allowed any time, but must be folded and securely fastened during rush hour.
The continuous load path is achieved by connecting the structural frame , wood structural panel sheathing, and fasteners together.
LEP Special Fasteners Inc, a manufacturer of steel fasteners, plans to invest $27.6 million in expanding its operations in Frankfort , creating up to 160 jobs by 2015.
The firm, a subsidiary of Italy-based Fontana Fasteners Group, will relocate parts of its management, sales and distribution functions from Elgin, Ill.
Along the trip, a fastener gave way on a wing, causing some damage.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Police Department is reminding residents to fasten their seat belts over the Thanksgiving holiday period or run the risk of receiving a ticket.
Fasteners' nylon insert prevents threaded mating hardware from loosening.
Self-Locking Fasteners Featuring Unique Nylon Insert Prevent Treaded Mating Hardware from Loosening.
The ball detent and bottoming shelf securely holds the bit into the drive wrench and the low-profile design allows the user to reach into confined area's to remove fasteners.
Sackets Harbor grad fasten-ated by Magnificent Baby business.
Revision of D6117 - 10 Standard Test Methods for Mechanical Fasteners In Plastic Lumber and Shapes.
He was previously employed at Eaton Engineered Fastener in Massillon and Specialized Vehicles Corporation, Kidron Division in Kidron with a focus in manufacturing , engineering, and management.
And as for those pure golden rings and glistening rocks fastened tightly around your left fourth digit.
To loosen the mental bolts Gary Leon Ridgway fastened over his deepest secrets, his interrogators used everything from threats of death to the promise of fish and chips.
According to the Orbital Riveters catalog from Orbitform, orbital forming is a quiet, non-impact process of coldforming—replacing traditional riveting, staking crimping, pressing, welding, and other fastening operations.

In science:

This can be really observed when one passes along the steam pipe route; moreover, some of the distribution boards were torn off together with the fastening fittings and fragments of partitions (near the separator department).
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
It is not clear whether it fastens convergence of the process or not.
Generating connected acyclic digraphs uniformly at random
The spacers also allow to improve the structural performance of the fastening system.
Design of a Base-Board for arrays of closely-packed Multi-Anode Photo-Multipliers
A finite elements analysis has been performed on a simplified model, where the EC was thermally linked, through its fastenings, to a cold pit at T = 13 ◦C.
Design of a Base-Board for arrays of closely-packed Multi-Anode Photo-Multipliers
The heat balance confirmed that 0.95 of the power was flowing through the EC mechanical fasteners, as desired.
Design of a Base-Board for arrays of closely-packed Multi-Anode Photo-Multipliers