vast

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See also: VAST and väst

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French vaste, from Latin vastus (void, immense). Doublet of fada.

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Adjective[edit]

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.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. []. Chapter III.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, [] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, [], London: [] Hen[ry] Brome [], OCLC 48702491; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388, page 136:
      The exiguity and ſmallneſſe of ſome ſeeds extending to large productions is one of the magnalities of nature, ſomewhat illuſtrating the work of the Creation, and vaſt production from nothing.
    • 2012 March-April, Anna Lena Phillips, “Sneaky Silk Moths”, in American Scientist[1], 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.

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Noun[edit]

vast (plural vasts)

  1. (poetic) A vast space.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, I.i
      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.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vāstus.

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Adjective[edit]

vast (feminine vasta, masculine plural vasts or vastos, feminine plural vastes)

  1. vast, wide

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch vast, from Old Dutch fast, from Proto-Germanic *fastuz.

Adjective[edit]

vast (comparative vaster, superlative meest vast or vastst)

  1. firm, fast, tight
  2. fixed, not moving or changing
    Kunnen we de vaste lasten dragen?
    Can we sustain the fixed costs?
  3. stuck, unable to get out
    Haar hand zat vast in het gat.
    Her hand was stuck in the hole.
  4. (chemistry) in the solid state
    Bij kamertemperatuur is het een vaste stof.
    It is a solid substance at room temperature.
  5. (botany) perennial
    Hij heeft een aantal vaste planten gepoot.
    He has planted a few perennial plants.
  6. (of a telephone) using a landline
    Is er een vaste verbinding?
    Is there a landline connection?
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of vast
uninflected vast
inflected vaste
comparative vaster
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial vast vaster het vastst
het vastste
indefinite m./f. sing. vaste vastere vastste
n. sing. vast vaster vastste
plural vaste vastere vastste
definite vaste vastere vastste
partitive vasts vasters
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Descendants[edit]
  • Afrikaans: vas

Adverb[edit]

vast

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

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

vast

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

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of Finno-Mordvinic or Finno-Volgaic origin. Cognate to Finnish vasta, Votic vassa, Northern Sami vuostá, Erzya вастомс (vastoms, to meet; to receive), Moksha васта (vasta, place; distance) and possibly Western Mari ваштареш (βaštareš, against; across).[1]

Adverb[edit]

vast

  1. maybe, possibly
  2. recently, just, now

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References[edit]

  1. ^ vast in Metsmägi, Iris; Sedrik, Meeli; Soosaar, Sven-Erik (2012), Eesti etümoloogiasõnaraamat, Tallinn: Eesti Keele Instituut, →ISBN

Livonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Akin to Finnish vasten

Preposition[edit]

vast

  1. against

Ludian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *vasta.

Noun[edit]

vast

  1. bundle (of switches for the sauna)

Romani[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Sanskrit हस्त (hásta), from Proto-Indo-Aryan *źʰástas, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *ȷ́ʰástas, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰés-to- (hand) < *ǵʰes-. Compare Punjabi ਹੱਥ (hatth), Hindi हाथ (hāth), Bengali হাত (hat); compare also Persian دست(dast).

Noun[edit]

vast m (plural vasta)

  1. (anatomy) hand

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French vaste, from Latin vastus.

Adjective[edit]

vast m or n (feminine singular vastă, masculine plural vaști, feminine and neuter plural vaste)

  1. vast

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Veps[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *vasta.

Noun[edit]

vast

  1. bundle (of switches for the sauna)