Meaning of fastness

fast•ness

Pronunciation: (fast'nis, fäst'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a secure or fortified place; stronghold: a mountain fastness.
  2. the state of being fixed or firm: the fastness of democratic institutions.
  3. the state of being rapid.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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