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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.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. []. Chapter III.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, [] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, [], London: Printed for 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.
    • 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

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

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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Etymology 2Edit

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AdverbEdit

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 3Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

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 ваштареш (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

LivonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Akin to Finnish vasten.

PrepositionEdit

vast

  1. against

LudianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Finnic *vasta.

NounEdit

vast

  1. bundle (of switches for the sauna)

RomaniEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

NounEdit

vast m (plural vasta)

  1. hand

VepsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Finnic *vasta.

NounEdit

vast

  1. bundle (of switches for the sauna)