vast

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See also: VAST and väst

English[edit]

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From Latin vastus (void, immense).

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vast (comparative vaster or more vast, superlative vastest or most vast)

  1. Very large or wide (literally or figuratively).
    The Sahara desert is vast.
    There is a vast difference between them.
  2. Very great in size, amount, degree, intensity, or especially extent.
    • 2012 March-April, Anna Lena Phillips, “Sneaky Silk Moths”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 172: 
      Last spring, the periodical cicadas emerged across eastern North America. Their vast numbers and short above-ground life spans inspired awe and irritation in humans—and made for good meals for birds and small mammals.
  3. (obsolete) Waste; desert; desolate; lonely.
    • William Shakespeare, the Life and Death of Richard the Third Act I, scene IV:
      the empty, vast, and wandering air

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Noun[edit]

vast (plural vasts)

  1. (poetic) A vast space.
    • 1608: they have seemed to be together, though absent, shook hands, as over a vast, and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed winds. — William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, I.i

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch vast, from Old Dutch fast, from Proto-Germanic *fastuz; see it for cognates and further etymology.

Adjective[edit]

vast (comparative vaster, superlative meest vast or vastst)

  1. firm, fast, tight
  2. fixed, not moving or changing
    vaste lasten
    fixed costs
  3. stuck, unable to get out
  4. (chemistry) in the solid state
  5. (botany) perennial
  6. (of a telephone) using a landline

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vast

  1. surely, certainly
  2. (informal, sarcastically) sure, yeah, right
    Mijn hond heeft mijn huiswerk opgegeten.Ja, vast!
    My dog ate my homework. — Yeah, right!

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vast

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of vasten
  2. imperative of vasten

Romani[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps (unlikely, as the 'st' in Sanskrit would definitely have shifted to 'tt' or 't') from Sanskrit हस्त (hasta), from Proto-Indo-Iranian, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰés-to- (hand) < *ǵʰes-. Compare Punjabi ਹਸਤ (hast), Hindi हाथ (hāth), Bengali হাত (hat); compare also Persian دست (dast).

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vast m (plural vast)

  1. hand