Fast day
Fast Fast, n. [OE. faste, fast; cf. AS. f[ae]sten, OHG. fasta, G. faste. See {Fast}, v. i.] 1. Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment. [1913 Webster]

Surfeit is the father of much fast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation. [1913 Webster]

3. A time of fasting, whether a day, week, or longer time; a period of abstinence from food or certain kinds of food; as, an annual fast. [1913 Webster]

{Fast day}, a day appointed for fasting, humiliation, and religious offices as a means of invoking the favor of God.

{To break one's fast}, to put an end to a period of abstinence by taking food; especially, to take one's morning meal; to breakfast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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