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Fast vs. Slow: Know the Difference

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Fast refers to moving, happening, or acting quickly; slow denotes a reduced speed, rate, or lack of haste in movement or action.
Fast vs. Slow

Key Differences

Fast indicates a high speed or quick pace in various contexts, such as fast running, fast thinking, or fast growth. Slow, in contrast, implies a leisurely or delayed pace, as in slow walking, slow processing, or slow aging.
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In technology, fast often refers to rapid processing, quick responses, or high-speed operations, like fast internet or fast computers. Slow, on the other hand, is used to describe reduced speed or lag in technological functions, like slow loading times or slow data transfer.
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In the context of learning and comprehension, fast can signify quick understanding or rapid acquisition of knowledge. Conversely, slow might denote taking more time to comprehend or learn, implying a more gradual pace of cognitive processing.
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In lifestyle and culture, fast is often associated with the hustle and bustle of modern life, like fast fashion or fast food, emphasizing efficiency and speed. Slow, in this sense, is connected with a more relaxed, deliberate approach, like slow living or slow cooking, focusing on quality and experience.
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Fast also has meanings in stability and firmness, like fast colors in textiles that don’t fade quickly. Slow, in a different context, can refer to a lack of progress or development, as in slow economic growth or slow advancements in a project.
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Comparison Chart

Speed

High speed, quick pace
Reduced speed, leisurely pace
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In Technology

Rapid processing, high-speed operations
Lag in function, reduced processing speed
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Learning and Comprehension

Quick understanding, rapid learning
Gradual learning, more time to comprehend
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Lifestyle and Culture

Associated with efficiency and haste
Connected with deliberateness and quality
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Other Meanings

Stability, firmness (e.g., fast colors)
Lack of progress or development
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Fast and Slow Definitions

Fast

Moving or capable of moving at high speed.
The athlete ran fast to win the race.
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Slow

Taking a long time to move or act.
He was slow to make the important decision.
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Fast

Firmly fixed or attached.
The knot needs to be fast to hold the weight.
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Slow

Dull in understanding; not quick-witted.
The student was slow in grasping the new concept.
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Fast

Done in comparatively little time; quick.
He completed the task in a fast manner.
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Slow

Lacking in promptness or willingness.
He was slow to accept the new changes.
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Fast

Acting, moving, or capable of acting or moving quickly; swift.
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Slow

Not moving or able to move quickly; proceeding at a low speed
A slow train.
Slow walkers.
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Fast

Accomplished in relatively little time
A fast visit.
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Slow

Marked by a retarded tempo
A slow waltz.
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Fast

Acquired quickly with little effort and sometimes unscrupulously
Made a fast buck scalping tickets.
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Slow

Taking or requiring a long time
The slow job of making bread.
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Fast

Quick to understand or learn; mentally agile
A class for the faster students.
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Slow

Taking more time than is usual
A slow worker.
Slow progress in the peace negotiations.
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Fast

Indicating a time somewhat ahead of the actual time
The clock is fast.
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Slow

Allowing movement or action only at a low speed
A slow track.
A slow infield.
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Fast

Allowing rapid movement or action
A fast running track.
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Slow

Registering a time or rate behind or below the correct one
A slow clock.
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Fast

Designed for or compatible with a short exposure time
Fast film.
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Slow

Lacking in promptness or willingness; not precipitate
They were slow to accept our invitation.
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Fast

Disposed to dissipation; wild
Ran with a fast crowd.
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Slow

Characterized by a low volume of sales or transactions
Business was slow today.
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Fast

Flouting conventional moral standards; sexually promiscuous.
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Slow

Lacking liveliness or interest; boring
A slow party.
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Fast

Resistant, as to destruction or fading
Fast colors.
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Slow

Not having or exhibiting intellectual or mental quickness
A slow learner.
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Fast

Firmly fixed or fastened
A fast grip.
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Slow

Only moderately warm; low
A slow oven.
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Fast

Fixed firmly in place; secure
Shutters that are fast against the rain.
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Slow

So as to fall behind the correct time or rate
The watch runs slow.
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Fast

Lasting; permanent
Fast rules and regulations.
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Slow

At a low speed
Go slow!.
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Fast

Deep; sound
In a fast sleep.
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Slow

To make slow or slower.
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Fast

In a secure manner; tightly
Hold fast.
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Slow

To delay; retard.
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Fast

To a sound degree; deeply
Fast asleep.
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Slow

To become slow or slower.
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Fast

In a rapid manner; quickly.
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Slow

Taking a long time to move or go a short distance, or to perform an action; not quick in motion; proceeding at a low speed.
A slow train;
A slow computer
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Fast

In quick succession
New ideas followed fast.
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Slow

Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.
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Fast

Ahead of the correct or expected time
A watch that runs fast.
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Slow

Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.
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Fast

In a dissipated, immoderate way
Living fast.
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Slow

Not hasty; not tending to hurry; acting with deliberation or caution.
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Fast

(Archaic) Close by; near.
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Slow

(of a clock or the like) Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.
That clock is slow.
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Fast

To abstain from food.
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Slow

Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.
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To eat very little or abstain from certain foods, especially as a religious discipline.
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Slow

(of a period of time) Not busy; lacking activity.
It was a slow news day, so the editor asked us to make our articles wordier.
I'm just sitting here with a desk of cards, enjoying a slow afternoon.
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Fast

The act or practice of abstaining from or eating very little food.
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Slow

(transitive) To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of.
Slow the process
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A period of such abstention or self-denial.
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(transitive) To keep from going quickly; to hinder the progress of.
Slow the traffic
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Fast

(dated) Firmly or securely fixed in place; stable.
That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast!
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Slow

(intransitive) To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate.
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Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
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Slow

Someone who is slow; a sluggard.
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Fast

(of people) Steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now mostly in set phrases like fast friend(s).)
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Slow

(music) A slow song.
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Fast

Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid.
I am going to buy a fast car.
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Slow

Slowly.
That clock is running slow.
I want to dance with you nice and slow
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Fast

Having a kinetic energy between 1 million and 20 million electron volts; often used to describe the energy state of free neutrons at the moment of their release by a nuclear fission or nuclear fusion reaction (i.e., before the neutrons have been slowed down by anything).
Plutonium-240 has a much higher fission cross-section for fast neutrons than for thermal neutrons.
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Slow

Slew.
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Of a place, characterised by business, hustle and bustle, etc.
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Slow

Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift; not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as, a slow stream; a slow motion.
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Fast

Causing unusual rapidity of play or action.
A fast racket, or tennis court
A fast track
A fast billiard table
A fast dance floor
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Slow

Not happening in a short time; gradual; late.
These changes in the heavens, though slow, producedLike change on sea and land, sidereal blast.
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Fast

Able to transfer data in a short period of time.
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Slow

Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as, slow of speech, and slow of tongue.
Fixed on defense, the Trojans are not slowTo guard their shore from an expected foe.
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Fast

Deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people).
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Slow

Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation; tardy; inactive.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.
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Fast

(of dyes or colours) Not running or fading when subjected to detrimental conditions such as wetness or intense light; permanent.
All the washing has come out pink. That red tee-shirt was not fast.
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Slow

Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time; as, the clock or watch is slow.
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Fast

(obsolete) Tenacious; retentive.
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Slow

Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of arts and sciences.
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Fast

(dated) Having an extravagant lifestyle or immoral habits.
A fast woman
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Slow

Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome; dull.
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Fast

Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast.
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Slow

Slowly.
Let him have time to mark how slow time goesIn time of sorrow.
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Fast

(of photographic film) More sensitive to light than average.
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Slow

To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer.
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Fast

In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved; safe, sound .
Hold this rope as fast as you can.
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Slow

To go slower; - often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge.
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Fast

(of sleeping) Deeply or soundly .
He is fast asleep.
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Slow

A moth.
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Fast

Immediately following in place or time; close, very near .
The horsemen came fast on our heels.
Fast by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped. / That ain't my style, said Casey. Strike one, the umpire said.
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Slow

Lose velocity; move more slowly;
The car decelerated
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Fast

Quickly, with great speed; within a short time .
Do it as fast as you can.
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Slow

Become slow or slower;
Production slowed
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Fast

Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
I think my watch is running fast.
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Slow

Cause to proceed more slowly;
The illness slowed him down
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A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations
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Slow

Not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time;
A slow walker
The slow lane of traffic
Her steps were slow
He was slow in reacting to the news
Slow but steady growth
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Fast

The act or practice of fasting, religious abstinence from food
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Slow

At a slow tempo;
The band played a slow waltz
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One of the fasting periods in the liturgical year
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Slow

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;
So dense he never understands anything I say to him
Never met anyone quite so dim
Although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
Dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
He was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
Worked with the slow students
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Fast

(archery) Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target
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Slow

(used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time;
The clock is slow
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(intransitive) To practice religious abstinence, especially from food.
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Slow

So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;
A boring evening with uninteresting people
The deadening effect of some routine tasks
A dull play
His competent but dull performance
A ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention
What an irksome task the writing of long letters is
Tedious days on the train
The tiresome chirping of a cricket
Other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome
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Fast

To reduce or limit one's nutrition intake for medical or health reasons, to diet.
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Slow

(of business) not active or brisk;
Business is dull (or slow)
A sluggish market
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Fast

To abstain from food; to omit to take nourishment in whole or in part; to go hungry.
Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
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Slow

Without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly');
He spoke slowly
Go easy here--the road is slippery
Glaciers move tardily
Please go slow so I can see the sights
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Fast

To practice abstinence as a religious exercise or duty; to abstain from food voluntarily for a time, for the mortification of the body or appetites, or as a token of grief, or humiliation and penitence.
Thou didst fast and weep for the child.
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Slow

Of timepieces;
The clock is almost an hour slow
My watch is running behind
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Fast

Abstinence from food; omission to take nourishment.
Surfeit is the father of much fast.
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Slow

Moving or capable of moving at low speed.
The traffic moved slow due to the heavy rain.
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Fast

Voluntary abstinence from food, for a space of time, as a spiritual discipline, or as a token of religious humiliation.
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Slow

Not advancing or developing quickly.
The project is progressing at a slow pace.
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Fast

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.
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Fast

That which fastens or holds; especially, (Naut.) a mooring rope, hawser, or chain; - called, according to its position, a bow, head, quarter, breast, or stern fast; also, a post on a pier around which hawsers are passed in mooring.
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Fast

Firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose, unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the door.
There is an order that keeps things fast.
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Fast

Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
Outlaws . . . lurking in woods and fast places.
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Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.
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Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.
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Fast

Tenacious; retentive.
Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells.
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Fast

Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.
All this while in a most fast sleep.
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Fast

Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast horse.
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Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint; reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a fast liver.
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In such a condition, as to resilience, etc., as to make possible unusual rapidity of play or action; as, a fast racket, or tennis court; a fast track; a fast billiard table, etc.
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Fast

In a fast, fixed, or firmly established manner; fixedly; firmly; immovably.
We will bind thee fast.
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In a fast or rapid manner; quickly; swiftly; extravagantly; wildly; as, to run fast; to live fast.
He, after Eve seduced, unminded slunkInto the wood fast by.
Fast by the throne obsequious Fame resides.
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Fast

Abstaining from food
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Fast

Abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons;
Catholics sometimes fast during Lent
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Fast

Abstain from eating;
Before the medical exam, you must fast
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Fast

Acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly;
Fast film
On the fast track in school
Set a fast pace
A fast car
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Fast

(used of timepieces) indicating a time ahead of or later than the correct time;
My watch is fast
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Fast

At a rapid tempo;
The band played a fast fox trot
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Fast

(of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds;
A fast road
Grass courts are faster than clay
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Fast

Firmly fastened or secured against opening;
Windows and doors were all fast
A locked closet
Left the house properly secured
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Fast

Resistant to destruction or fading;
Fast colors
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Fast

Unrestrained by convention or morality;
Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society
Deplorably dissipated and degraded
Riotous living
Fast women
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Fast

Hurried and brief;
Paid a flying visit
Took a flying glance at the book
A quick inspection
A fast visit
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Fast

Securely fixed in place;
The post was still firm after being hit by the car
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Fast

Unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause;
A firm ally
Loyal supporters
The true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe
Fast friends
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Fast

Quickly or rapidly (often used as a combining form);
How fast can he get here?
Ran as fast as he could
Needs medical help fast
Fast-running rivers
Fast-breaking news
Fast-opening (or fast-closing) shutters
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Fast

Firmly or tightly;
Held fast to the rope
Her foot was stuck fast
Held tight
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Fast

Quick in understanding; intellectually agile.
She was fast at solving complex problems.
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Fast

Engaged in rapid, energetic activity.
The company is fast expanding its operations.
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How is slow defined?

Slow means moving at a low speed or taking a long time to act.
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Is fast always positive?

Not necessarily, as it can sometimes imply haste or lack of thoroughness.
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What is fast learning?

Fast learning refers to quickly understanding and acquiring new knowledge.
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What is the concept of slow living?

Slow living is a lifestyle choice focusing on mindfulness and quality of life.
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Can fast and slow be used in technology?

Yes, they describe processing speeds and operational efficiency in technology.
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What does slow progress imply?

Slow progress suggests gradual advancement or development.
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How does fast apply to lifestyle?

In lifestyle, fast is associated with efficiency, like in fast fashion.
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Does fast imply less stability?

In some contexts, like fast colors, it means stability and resistance to change.
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Can slow have positive connotations?

Yes, like in slow cooking or slow living, emphasizing quality and mindfulness.
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Is slow learning necessarily a disadvantage?

Not always, as it can lead to deeper understanding and retention.
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Are fast solutions always effective?

Fast solutions might be effective but can overlook details.
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What does fast mean in general?

Fast generally refers to high speed or quick action.
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Can fast be used to describe mental agility?

Yes, it can refer to quick thinking or intellectual agility.
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Can a slow approach be beneficial in business?

Yes, a slow approach can lead to more thorough and considered decisions.
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What is a fast-paced environment?

It's an environment where actions and changes occur rapidly.
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How does slow food differ from fast food?

Slow food focuses on culinary quality and tradition, unlike fast food's emphasis on speed.
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Can slow indicate reluctance?

Yes, slow can mean lacking promptness or willingness.
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Does fast always relate to physical speed?

No, it can also apply to mental processes and decision-making.
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Is slow growth always a negative?

Slow growth can be positive, indicating steady and sustainable development.
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Can someone be both fast and slow in different aspects?

Yes, a person can be fast in some skills and slower in others.
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