fast (n.)
fasting, hunger
Ham II.ii.147[Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude, of Hamlet] he ... / Fell into a sadness, then into a fast, / Thence to a watch
Ven.55[] as an empty eagle, sharp by fast, / Tires with her beak on feathers, flesh and bone
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