Fastness
Fastness Fast"ness, n. [AS. f[ae]stnes, fr. f[ae]st fast. See {Fast}, a.] 1. The state of being fast and firm; firmness; fixedness; security; faithfulness. [1913 Webster]

All . . . places of fastness [are] laid open. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

2. A fast place; a stronghold; a fortress or fort; a secure retreat; a castle; as, the enemy retired to their fastnesses in the mountains. [1913 Webster]

3. Conciseness of style. [Obs.] --Ascham. [1913 Webster]

4. The state of being fast or swift. [1913 Webster]


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