Other examples are "faster" and "slower" "fast" is implied but not "slow" and "dirtier" and "cleaner" "dirty" is implied but not "clean".
Trim as a verb predates the noun, but it can also mean either adding or taking away. Temperature is such a continuous spectrum so hot and cold, two meanings on opposite ends of the spectrum, are gradable antonyms.
Weather can mean "to withstand or come safely through" as in the company weathered the recession or it can mean "to be worn away" the rock was weathered. Where the two words have definitions that lie on a continuous spectrum of meaning, they are gradable antonyms.
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Fast can mean "moving rapidly," as in running fast, or "fixed, unmoving," as in holding fast. A word may have more than one antonym. Relational antonyms[ edit ] A relational antonym is one of a pair of words that refer to a relationship from opposite points of view.
Stone is another verb to use with caution. There is no continuous spectrum between odd and even but they are opposite in meaning and are therefore complementary antonyms.
The meaning "firm, steadfast" came first; the adverb took on the sense "strongly, vigorously," which evolved into "quickly," a meaning that spread to the adjective.
If colors are fast they will not run. Where the meanings do not lie on a continuous spectrum and the words have no other lexical relationship, they are complementary antonyms.