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Webster 1913 Edition


Fix

Fix

(fĭks)
,
Adj.
[OE., fr. L.
fixus
, p. p. of
figere
to fix; cf. F.
fixe
.]
Fixed; solidified.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Fix

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Fixed
(fĭkst)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Fixing
.]
[Cf. F.
fixer
.]
1.
To make firm, stable, or fast; to set or place permanently; to fasten immovably; to establish; to implant; to secure; to make definite.
An ass’s nole I
fixed
on his head.
Shakespeare
O,
fix
thy chair of grace, that all my powers
May also
fix
their reverence.
Herbert.
His heart is
fixed
, trusting in the Lord.
Ps. cxii. 7.
And
fix
far deeper in his head their stings.
Milton.
2.
To hold steadily; to direct unwaveringly; to fasten, as the eye on an object, the attention on a speaker.
Sat
fixed
in thought the mighty Stagirite.
Pope.
One eye on death, and one full
fix'd
on heaven.
Young.
3.
To transfix; to pierce.
[Obs.]
Sandys.
4.
(Photog.)
To render (an impression) permanent by treating with a developer to make it insensible to the action of light.
Abney.
5.
To put in order; to arrange; to dispose of; to adjust; to set to rights; to set or place in the manner desired or most suitable; hence, to repair;
as, to
fix
the clothes; to
fix
the furniture of a room.
[Colloq. U.S.]
Syn. – To arrange; prepare; adjust; place; establish; settle; determine.

Fix

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
Your kindness banishes your fear,
Resolved to
fix
forever here.
Waller.
2.
To become firm, so as to resist volatilization; to cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.
Bacon.
To fix on
,
to settle the opinion or resolution about; to determine regarding;
as, the contracting parties have
fixed on
certain leading points
.

Fix

,
Noun.
1.
A position of difficulty or embarassment; predicament; dilemma.
[Colloq.]
Is he not living, then? No. is he dead, then? No, nor dead either. Poor Aroar can not live, and can not die, – so that he is in an almighty
fix
.
De Quincey.
2.
(Iron Manuf.)
fettling.
[U.S.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Fix

FIX

,
Verb.
T.
[L. firus, figo.]
1.
To make stable; to set or establish immovably. The universe is governed by fixed laws.
2.
To set or place permanently; to establish. The prince fixed his residence at York. The seat of our government is fixed at Washington in the district of Columbia. Some men have no fixed opinions.
3.
To make fast; to fasten; to attach firmly; as, to fix a cord or line to a hook.
4.
To set or place steadily; to direct, as the eye, without moving it; to fasten. The gentleman fixed his eyes on the speaker, and addressed him with firmness.
5.
To set or direct steadily, without wandering; as, to fix the attention. The preacher fixes the attention of his audience, or the hearers fix their attention on the preacher.
6.
To set or make firm, so as to bear a high degree of heat without evaporating; to deprive of volatility. Gold, diamonds, silver, platina, are among the most fixed bodies.
7.
To transfix; to pierce. [Little used.]
8.
To withhold from motion.
9.
In popular use, to put in order; to prepare; to adjust; to set or place in the manner desired or most suitable; as, to fix clothes or dress; to fix the furniture of a room. this use is analogous to that of set, in the phrase, to set a razor.

FIX

, v.i.
1.
To rest; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering.
Your kindness banishes your fear, resolved to fix forever here.
2.
To become firm, so as to resist volatilization.
3.
To cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable; as a metallic substance.
To fix on, to settle the opinion or resolution on any thing; to determine on. The contracting parties have fixed on certain leading points. the legislature fixed on Wethersfield as the place for a State Prison.

Definition 2022


fix

fix

See also: FIX and -fix

English

Alternative forms

Noun

fix (plural fixes)

  1. A repair or corrective action.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic [].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. []  But the scandals kept coming, []. A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.
    That plumber's fix is much better than the first one's.
  2. A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma.
    It rained before we repaired the roof, and were we in a fix!
  3. (informal) A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user.
  4. A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.
    • 1963, Howard Saul Becker, Outsiders: studies in the sociology of deviance, page 160:
      As the professional thief notes: You can tell by the way the case is handled in court when the fix is in.
  5. A determination of location.
    We have a fix on your position.
  6. (US) fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:difficult situation

Translations

Verb

fix (third-person singular simple present fixes, present participle fixing, simple past and past participle fixt or fixed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To pierce; now generally replaced by transfix.
    1. (transitive, by extension) (Of a piercing look) to direct at someone.
      He fixed me with a sickly grin, and said, "I told you it wouldn't work!"
  2. (transitive) To attach; to affix; to hold in place or at a particular time.
    A dab of chewing gum will fix your note to the bulletin board.
    A leech can fix itself to your skin without you feeling it.
    The Constitution fixes the date when Congress must meet.
    1. (transitive, figuratively, usually in the passive) To focus or determine (oneself, on a concept); to fixate.
      She's fixed on the idea of becoming a doctor.
  3. (transitive) To mend, to repair.
    That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it.
  4. (transitive, informal) To prepare (food).
    She fixed dinner for the kids.
  5. (transitive) To make (a contest, vote, or gamble) unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins; to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion[1]
    A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent.
  6. (transitive, US, informal) To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.
    Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him.
  7. (transitive, mathematics, sematics) To map a (point or subset) to itself.
  8. (transitive, informal) To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.
    He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work.
  9. (transitive) To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light.
  10. (transitive, chemistry, biology) To convert into a stable or available form.
    Legumes are valued in crop rotation for their ability to fix nitrogen.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Abney to this entry?)
  11. (intransitive) To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Waller
      Your kindness banishes your fear, / Resolved to fix forever here.
  12. (intransitive) To become firm, so as to resist volatilization; to cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

Synonyms

Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

References

  1. Sutherland, Edwin H. (ed) (1937): The Professional Thief: by a Professional Thief. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Reprinted by various publishers in subsequent decades.]

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin fixus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfiks/
  • Rhymes: -iks

Adjective

fix m (feminine fixa, masculine plural fixos, feminine plural fixes)

  1. fixed, not changing
  2. stationary

Derived terms


Czech

Noun

fix m

  1. felt-tip pen, marker

French

Etymology

From English fix.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fiks/

Noun

fix m (plural fix)

  1. fix

Alternative forms


German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [fɪks]
  • Homophone: Ficks

Adjective

fix (comparative fixer, superlative am fixesten)

  1. fixed (costs, salary)
  2. quick
  3. smart

Declension

Synonyms

See also


Hungarian

Etymology

From German fix, from French fixe, from Latin figere, fixus. [1]

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfiks]

Adjective

fix (not comparable)

  1. fixed
    fix fizetés - fixed (regular) salary

References

  1. Tótfalusi István, Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára. Tinta Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 2005, ISBN 963 7094 20 2

Old French

Alternative forms

Noun

fix m

  1. inflection of fil:
    1. oblique plural
    2. nominative singular

Swedish

Etymology

Adjective

fix

  1. fixed, inflexible, rigid
    en fix idé
    a fixed idea

Declension

Inflection of fix
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular fix
Neuter singular fixt
Plural fixa
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 fixe
All fixa
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

Related terms

Noun

fix c

  1. a fix, a dose of an addictive drug

Declension

Inflection of fix 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative fix fixen fixar fixarna
Genitive fix fixens fixars fixarnas