fasten-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: (Cause to) be firmly attached or closed.

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] FASTEN NP2[patient[concrete]] (ADVP[manner]) NP1[topic[concrete]] FASTEN (ADVP[manner])

Fasten the lock onto the door.
John fastened the sheaf of papers with staples.
This dress fastens in the back.
Fasten the wire around the pole.
Please fasten the buttons carefully - the costume is very old.

VerbNet: shake-22.3-2-1
FrameNet: Attaching,Inchoative_attaching,Closure
PropBank: fasten.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 4

Sense Number 2: (Cause to) be attributed to; (cause to) associate with cognitively, as when adopting a new idea.

Commentary: Includes: FASTEN ON Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] FASTEN NP2[patient[abstract]] (ADVP[manner]) NP1[topic] FASTEN PP

These ideas fasten together nicely.
She fastened her gaze on the man.
Mr. Rahn was poiting out an elephant rumbling through Wall Street
while conventional wisdom had fastened on the UAL flea.
He fastened on the new subject matter very quickly, discarding his
old beliefs.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: fasten.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
fasten_on 1