Hypertext Webster Gateway: "fasting"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fast \Fast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fasted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Fasting}.] [AS. f[ae]stan; akin to D. vasten, OHG.
fast[=e]n, G. fasten, Icel. & Sw. fasta, Dan. faste, Goth.
fastan to keep, observe, fast, and prob. to E. fast firm.]
1. 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.

2. 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. --2 Sam.
xii. 21.

{Fasting day}, a fast day; a day of fasting.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : abstaining from food [syn: {fast}]

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