Definitions of fastening

n the act of fastening things together

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bonding, soldering
fastening firmly together
fastening by dowels
earthing, grounding
fastening electrical equipment to earth
the act of linking things together
ligature, tying
the act of tying or binding things together
fastening two pieces of metal together by softening with heat and applying pressure
the activity of fastening something firmly in position
(surgery) tying a duct or blood vessel with a ligature (as to prevent bleeding during surgery)
butt welding, butt-welding
creating a butt joint by welding
spot welding, spot-welding
creating an overlapping joint by welding at small points
Type of:
connection, connexion, joining
the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)

n restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

fastener, fixing, holdfast
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a strap around the belly of a draft animal holding the shafts of a wagon
fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong
a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes
carabiner, karabiner, snap ring
an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
a fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured
the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together
clothes peg, clothes pin, clothespin
wood or plastic fastener; for holding clothes on a clothesline
corrugated fastener, wiggle nail
a small strip of corrugated steel with sharp points on one side; hammered across wood joints in rough carpentry
cottar, cotter
fastener consisting of a wedge or pin inserted through a slot to hold two other pieces together
cringle, eyelet, grommet, grummet, loop
fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
dowel, dowel pin, joggle
a fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them together
fillet, stopping
fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members
hook and eye
a kind of fastener used on clothing
any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
rope that is used for fastening something to something else
link, linkup, tie, tie-in
a fastener that serves to join or connect
a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
a fastener that locks or closes
a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
nut and bolt
a fastener made by screwing a nut onto a threaded bolt
paper fastener
a fastener for holding a sheet of paper in place
a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head
fastener that provides a tight and perfect closure
seal, sealing wax
fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters
slide fastener, zip, zip fastener, zipper
a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab
press stud, snap, snap fastener
a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound
a fastener consisting of a peg or pin or crosspiece that is inserted into an eye at the end of a rope or a chain or a cable in order to fasten it to something (as another rope or chain or cable)
toggle bolt
a fastener consisting of a threaded bolt and a hinged spring-loaded toggle; used to fasten objects to hollow walls
Allen screw
a screw with a hexagonal hole in the head
barrel knot, blood knot
a knot used for tying fishing leaders together; the ends of the two leaders are wrapped around each other two or three times
a pin for holding women's hair in place
belt buckle
the buckle used to fasten a belt
bicycle clip, trouser clip
a clip worn around a cyclist's ankles that keeps trousers from becoming caught in the bicycle chain
bitt pin
a pin through the bitthead to keep the mooring lines from slipping off
a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
bow, bowknot
a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
a small nail
break seal
a seal that must be broken when first used and cannot easily be resealed
bridge, nosepiece
the link between two lenses; rests on the nose
alligator clip, bulldog clip
a clip with a spring that closes the metal jaws
cap screw
a threaded screw for machine parts; screws into a tapped hole
carrick bend
a knot used to connect the ends of two large ropes or hawsers
clout, clout nail
a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
clove hitch
a knot used to fasten a line temporarily to a post or spar
coat button
a button on a coat
combination lock
lock that can be opened only by turning dials in a special sequence
cotter pin
a cotter consisting of a split pin that is secured (after passing through a hole) by splitting the ends apart
cylinder lock
a lock in which a cylinder rotates to move a bolt; tumblers are pins; inserting the key lifts and aligns the pins to free the cylinder to rotate
a lock on an exterior door
a nail with a large head; formerly used to decorate doors
eightpenny nail
a nail 2.5 inches long
figure eight, figure of eight
a knot having the shape of the numeral 8; tied in a rope that has been passed through a hole or pulley and that prevents the rope from coming loose
fisherman's bend
a knot for tying a line to a spar or ring
fisherman's knot, true lover's knot, truelove knot
a knot for tying the ends of two lines together
fourpenny nail
a nail 1.5 inches long
seal consisting of a ring for packing pistons or sealing a pipe joint
Gordian knot
an intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia
a double pronged pin used to hold women's hair in place
hair slide
a decorative hinged clip that girls and women put in their hair to hold it in place
half hitch
a knot used to fasten a rope temporarily to an object; usually tied double
a fastener for a door or lid; a hinged metal plate is fitted over a staple and is locked with a pin or padlock
a long sturdy pin used by women to secure a hat to their hair
hawser bend
a knot uniting the ends of two lines
a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot
a short nail with a thick head; used to protect the soles of boots
hood latch
a catch that holds the hood of a car shut
a catch for locking a door
catch for fastening a door or gate; a bar that can be lowered or slid into a groove
door latch, latch
spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key
lever lock
a lock whose tumblers are levers that must be raised to a given position so that the bolt can move
linchpin, lynchpin
pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on
loop knot
any of various knots used to make a fixed loop in a rope
love knot, lover's knot, lovers' knot, true lover's knot, true lovers' knot
a stylized or decorative knot used as an emblem of love
machine screw
a screw used either with a nut or with a tapped hole; slotted head can be driven by a screwdriver
metal screw
screw made of metal
overhand knot
a simple small knot (often used as part of other knots)
a detachable lock; has a hinged shackle that can be passed through the staple of a hasp or the links in a chain and then snapped shut
gem clip, paper clip, paperclip
a wire or plastic clip for holding sheets of paper together
nog, peg
a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
Phillips screw
a screw with a special head having crossed slots
piston ring
seal consisting of a split metal ring that seals the gap between a piston and the cylinder wall
prolonge knot, sailor's breastplate
a knot in the rope used to drag a gun carriage
heavy pin having a head at one end and the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces that are fastened together
safety pin
a pin in the form of a clasp; has a guard so the point of the pin will not stick the user
sash fastener, sash lock, window lock
a lock attached to the sashes of a double hung window that can fix both in the shut position
a screw (often without a head) that fits into the boss or hub of a wheel or cam etc. and prevents motion of the part relative to the shaft on which it is mounted
a screw that is used to adjust the tension on a spring
a knot for shortening a line
shirt button
a button on a shirt
sixpenny nail
a nail 2 inches long
a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted
a knot at the end of a cord or rope that can slip along the cord or rope around which it is made
a large stout nail
square knot
a double knot made of two half hitches and used to join the ends of two cords
paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together
a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
stopper knot
a knot that prevents a rope from passing through a hole
straight pin
pin consisting of a short straight stiff piece of wire with a pointed end; used to fasten pieces of cloth or paper together
stub nail
a short thick nail
surgeon's knot
any of several knots used in tying stitches or ligatures
a short nail with a sharp point and a large head
tenpenny nail
a nail 3 inches long
screw designed to be turned with the thumb and fingers
drawing pin, pushpin, thumbtack
a tack for attaching papers to a bulletin board or drawing board
Turk's head
an ornamental knot that resembles a small turban
seal consisting of a flat disk placed to prevent leakage
a metal screw that tapers to a point so that it can be driven into wood with a screwdriver
screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
gudgeon pin, wrist pin
pin joining a piston to a connecting rod
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

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