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  1. Present participle of hasten.


hastening (plural hastenings)

  1. The act of speeding up; a growing faster.
    • Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
      Miss D. had found that regular blinking, or a loud-ticking watch, or horizontal lines or marks on the ground, etc., similarly served to pace her, and to prevent the incontinent hastenings and retardations which otherwise marred her ambulation.
    • 1991, Christopher Pollard, The Good CD guide, 1992
      The secret seems to be a very precise control of the subtle slackenings and hastenings of tempo that are essential to Scriabin's idiom []