Fast vs Turtle - What's the difference?

fast | turtle |

As a verb fast

is .

As a proper noun turtle is

a river in saskatchewan, canada.



(wikipedia fast)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) fast, from (etyl) ; see it for cognates and further etymology. The development of “rapid” from an original sense of “secure” apparently happened first in the adverb and then transferred to the adjective; compare (hard) in expressions like “to run hard”. The original sense of “secure, firm” is now slightly archaic, but retained in the related .


  • (dated) Firmly or securely fixed in place; stable.
  • That rope is dangerously loose. Make it fast !
  • Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art; impregnable; strong.
  • * Spenser
  • outlaws lurking in woods and fast places
  • (of people) Steadfast, with unwavering feeling. (Now only in set phrases like "fast friend".)
  • Moving with great speed, or capable of doing so; swift, rapid.
  • I am going to buy a fast car.
  • (computing, of a piece of hardware) Able to transfer data in a short period of time.
  • Deep or sound (of sleep); fast asleep (of people).
  • * Shakespeare
  • all this while in a most fast sleep
  • (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 .
  • (obsolete) Tenacious; retentive.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their smells.
  • (colloquial) Having an extravagant lifestyle or immoral habits.
  • She's fast – she slept with him on their first date. .
  • Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
  • There must be something wrong with the hall clock. It is always fast .
  • (of photographic film) More sensitive to light than average.
  • Synonyms
    * (occurring or happening within a short time) quick, rapid, speedy, swift * (capable of moving with great speed) quick, rapid, speedy * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) ahead * (rapidly consents to sexual activity) easy, slutty * (firmly or securely fixed in place) firm, immobile, secure, stable, stuck, tight * (firm against attack) fortified, impenetrable * colour-fast * deep, sound
    * (occurring or happening within a short time) slow * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) slow, behind * (firmly or securely fixed in place) loose * (firm against attack) penetrable, weak * light
    Derived terms
    * bedfast * chairfast * fasten (rapid) * fast and furious * fast food * fast-forward


  • In a firm or secure manner, securely; in such a way as not to be moved .
  • (of sleeping) Deeply or soundly .
  • Immediately following in place or time; close, very near .
  • Quickly, with great speed; within a short time .
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  • Ahead of the correct time or schedule.
  • Synonyms
    * (quickly) quickly, rapidly, speedily, swiftly * (in a firm or secure manner) firmly, securely, tightly * deeply * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) ahead
    * (quickly) slowly * (in a firm or secure manner) loosely * lightly * (ahead of the correct time or schedule) behind


    (en noun)
  • (British, rail transport) A train that calls at only some stations it passes between its origin and destination, typically just the principal stations
  • Synonyms
    * (rail transport) express, express train, fast train
    * (rail transport) local, slow train, stopper


    (en interjection)
  • (archery) Short for "stand fast", a warning not to pass between the arrow and the target
  • Antonyms
    * (archery) loose

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) fasten, from (etyl) . The noun is probably from (etyl) fasta.


    (en verb)
  • To abstain from food, or eat very little, especially for religious or medical reasons.
  • Muslims fast during Ramadan.
  • * Bible, 2 Sam. xii. 21
  • Thou didst fast and weep for the child.
  • * Milton
  • Fasting' he went to sleep, and ' fasting waked.
  • * 2007 , John Zerzan, Silence , p. 3,
  • It is at the core of the Vision Quest, the solitary period of fasting and closeness to the earth to discover one's life path and purpose.


    (en noun)
  • The act or practice of abstaining from food or of eating very little food
  • The period of time during which one abstains from or eats very little food
  • * Lent and Ramadan are fasts of two religions.
  • Synonyms
    * (act or practice) fasting
    Derived terms
    * break one's fast * breakfast * fast day





    (wikipedia turtle)

    Etymology 1

    Modification of (etyl) tortue (probably under the influence of (turtledove)). See (tortoise) for more.


    (en noun)
  • Any land or marine reptile of the order (l), characterised by a protective shell enclosing its body.
  • (Australia, British) A sea turtle.
  • (military) An Ancient Roman attack method, where the shields held by the soldiers hide them, not only left, right, front and back, but also from above.
  • (computing) A type of robot having a domed case (and so resembling the reptile), used in education, especially for making line drawings by means of a computer program.
  • (computing) An on-screen cursor that serves the same function as a turtle for drawing.
  • * 1997 , Brian Harvey, Computer Science Logo Style: Symbolic computing
  • Depending on which version of Logo you have, the turtle may look like an actual animal with a head and four legs or — as in Berkeley Logo — it may be represented as a triangle.
  • (printing, historical) The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.
  • A small element towards the end of a list of items to be bubble sorted, and thus tending to take a long time to be swapped into its correct position. Compare rabbit.
  • Synonyms
    * (l) * (l)
    Derived terms
    * African helmeted turtle * Afro-American sideneck turtle * Alabama red-bellied turtle * alligator turtle, alligator-turtle * American turtle * Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles * Arakan forest turtle * Australian short-necked turtle * Austro-American sideneck turtle * black marsh turtle * black turtle bean * Blanding's turtle * bog turtle * box turtle, box-turtle * chicken turtle, chicken-turtle * common snakeneck turtle * cooter turtle * diamond-backed turtle * dragon turtle * eastern long-neck turtle * Fitzroy River turtle * flatback turtle * Florida redbelly turtle * Fly River turtle * golden coin turtle * gopher turtle * greaved turtle * Greenland turtle * green turtle * have a turtle's head * hawk-billed turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, hawk's-bill turtle, hawksbill turtle * horned turtle * land turtle * leaf turtle * leather turtle * leatherback turtle * leather-turtle * leathery turtle * loggerhead turtle, logger-headed turtle * lyre turtle * Madagascan big-headed turtle * map turtle * marine turtle * marsh turtle * mata mata turtle, matamata turtle * Mary River turtle * mock turtle * mock turtle soup * mud turtle * musk turtle * New Guinea snakeneck turtle * Olive Ridley turtle * painted turtle * pancake turtle * pig-nosed turtle, pig-nose turtle, pignose turtle * pitted-shelled turtle * plateless turtle * Plymouth redbelly turtle * pond turtle * purple turtler * red-bellied turtle * river turtle * roofed turtle * sea turtle, sea-turtle * side-necked turtle * silver stater with a turtle * snake-eating turtle * snake-necked turtle * snapping turtle, snapping-turtle * soft-shelled turtle, soft-shell turtle, softshell turtle * spiny turtle * spotted turtle * toad-headed turtle * twisted-necked turtle * tortoise-shell turtle * trunk turtle, trunk-turtle * turn the turtle * turn turtle * turning turtles * turtle-back, turtleback * turtle bean * turtleburger * turtle-corral * turtle cowrie, turtle cowry * turtle-crab * turtle-crawl * turtle-deck * turtledom * turtle-egging * turtle excluder device * turtle-footed * turtle-frolic * turtle graphics * turtle grass, turtle-grass * turtle-head, turtlehead * turtle hull * turtle-insect * turtle-kraal * turtle neck, turtle-neck, turtleneck * turtle peg, turtle-peg * turtle-press * turtler * turtle racing * turtles all the way down * turtle shell * turtle ship * turtle soup * turtle stone * turtle-shell * turtle-soup * turtle-stone * turtlet * turtle trade * turtle-twine * turtling * turtly * water turtle * western swamp turtle * wood turtle


  • To flip over onto the back or top; to turn upside down.
  • * 1919 , Iowa Highway Commission, Service Bulletin, Issues 15-32?, page 48
  • Were speeding when car turtled' Auto crashed into curb and ' turtled .
  • To turn and swim upside down.
  • * 2009 , Amy Waeschle, Chasing Waves: A Surfer's Tale of Obsessive Wandering? , page 149
  • I turtled my board beneath it, flipped upright, and started paddling again.
  • To hunt turtles, especially in the water.
  • * 1973 , Bernard Nietschmann, Between Land and Water: The Subsistence Ecology of the Miskito Indians , page 153
  • Of these, 80 turtled' (65%), 26 hunted and ' turtled (20%), and 18 hunted (15%).
  • (video games) To build up a large defense force and strike only punctually, rather than going for an offensive strategy.
  • See also

    * chelonian * hatchling (turtle young) * terrapin * tortoise * (Turtle)

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) turtla, ultimately from (etyl) , of imitative origin.


    (en noun)
  • A turtle dove.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.8:
  • The same he tooke, and with a riband new, / In which his Ladies colours were, did bind / About the turtles neck .
    Derived terms
    * turtle-bird * turtle dove, turtle-dove, turtledove * turtleish, turtlish * turtleise, turtlise, turtleize, turtlize