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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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”, 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.
    • William Shakespeare, the Life and Death of Richard the Third Act I, scene IV:
      the empty, vast, and wandering air

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

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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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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

InflectionEdit

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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AdverbEdit

vast

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

SynonymsEdit

VerbEdit

vast

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

EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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 [script needed] (βaštareš, against; across).[1]

AdverbEdit

vast

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

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ vast in Metsmägi, Iris; Sedrik, Meeli; Soosaar, Sven-Erik (2012), Eesti etümoloogiasõnaraamat, Tallinn: Eesti Keele Instituut, ISBN 978-9985-79-478-4

LivonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Akin to Finnish vasten.

PrespositionEdit

vast

  1. against

LudianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Finnic *vasta.

NounEdit

vast

  1. bundle (of switches for the sauna)

RomaniEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

vast m (plural vast)

  1. hand

VepsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Finnic *vasta.

NounEdit

vast

  1. bundle (of switches for the sauna)