1. To fix firmly; to make fast; to secure, as by a knot, lock, bolt, etc.; as, to fasten a chain to the feet; to fasten a door or window.
2. To cause to hold together or to something else; to attach or unite firmly; to cause to cleave to something , or to cleave together, by any means; as, to fasten boards together with nails or cords; to fasten anything in our thoughts.
"The words Whig and Tory have been pressed to the service of many successions of parties, with very different ideas fastened to them." -- Swift.
3. To cause to take close effect; to make to tell; to lay on; as, to fasten a blow. [Obs.] Dryden.
"If I can fasten but one cup upon him." -- Shak.
a charge, or a crime
to make his guilt certain, or so probable as to be generally believed.
To fasten one's eyes upon
to look upon steadily without cessation. Acts iii. 4.
Syn. -- To fix; cement; stick; link; affix; annex.