, n. [AS. fstnes, fr. fst fast. See Fast, a.] 1. The state of being fast and firm; firmness; fixedness; security; faithfulness.
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All . . . places of fastness [are] laid open.
Sir J. Davies.
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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.
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3. Conciseness of style. [Obs.] Ascham.
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4. The state of being fast or swift.
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