Part of speech: noun

The act of making fast.

Part of speech: noun

That which fastens, as a bolt.

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Usage examples "fastening":

  1. It was an ideal spot, thought Peter, so he went there, and after fastening his wire to a stone, dropped it into the pool at the foot of the falls. - "Furze the Cruel", John Trevena.
  2. If the man had left the gate open he might have got away unnoticed, but, as it was, Mrs. Forder's screams aroused the neighbourhood, and before the murderer succeeded in undoing the fastening, a crowd had collected with a policeman in its centre, and escape was out of the question. - "Revenge!", by Robert Barr.
  3. Yes, the doctor; he's fastening up his house. - "The Millionaire Baby", Anna Katharine Green.