fastened, attached, or placed so as to be firm and not readily movable; firmly implanted; stationary; rigid.
rendered stable or permanent, as color.
set or intent upon something; steadily directed:
a fixed stare.
definitely and permanently placed:
a fixed buoy; a fixed line of defense.
not fluctuating or varying; definite:
a fixed purpose.
supplied with or having enough of something necessary or wanted, as money.
coming each year on the same calendar date:
Christmas is a fixed holiday, but Easter is not.
put in order.
Informal. arranged in advance privately or dishonestly:
a fixed horse race.
Mathematics. (of a point) mapped to itself by a given function.
verb (used with object), fixed or fixt, fixing.
to repair; mend.
to put in order or in good condition; adjust or arrrange:
She fixed her hair in a bun.
to make fast, firm, or stable.
to place definitely and more or less permanently:
to fix a circus poster to a wall.
to settle definitely; determine:
to fix a price.
to direct (the eyes, the attention, etc.) steadily:
His eyes were fixed on the distant ship.
to attract and hold (the eye, the attention, etc.).
to make set or rigid.
to put into permanent form.
to put or place (responsibility, blame, etc.) on a person.
to assign or refer to a definite place, time, etc.
to provide or supply with (something needed or wanted):
How are you fixed for money?
Informal. to arrange or influence the outcome or action of, especially privately or dishonestly:
to fix a jury; to fix a game.
to get (a meal); prepare (food):
What time shall I fix supper?
Informal. to put in a condition or position to make no further trouble.
Informal. to get even with; get revenge upon:
I’ll fix him!
Informal. to castrate or spay (an animal, especially a pet).
Photography. to render (an image) permanent by removing light-sensitive silver halides.
Microscopy. to kill, make rigid, and preserve for microscopic study.
verb (used without object), fixed or fixt, fixing.
to become fixed.
to become set; assume a rigid or solid form.
to become stable or permanent.
to settle down.
Slang. to inject oneself with a narcotic.
Chiefly Southern U.S. to prepare; plan (usually followed by an infinitive):
I was just fixing to call you. We’re fixing to go to Colorado this summer.
Informal. a position from which it is difficult to escape; predicament.
Informal. a repair, adjustment, or solution, usually of an immediate nature:
Can you think of a fix for the problem?
a clear determination:
Can you get a fix on what he really means?
fix on/upon, to decide on; determine:
We won’t be able to fix on a location for the banquet until we know the number of guests.
fix up, Informal.
fix one’s wagon, Informal. to exact retribution for an offense; treat someone vengefully:
I’ll dock his pay and that will fix his wagon.
in a fix, Older Slang. pregnant.
attached or placed so as to be immovable
not subject to change; stable: fixed prices
steadily directed: a fixed expression
established as to relative position: a fixed point
not fluctuating; always at the same time: a fixed holiday
(of ideas, notions, etc) firmly maintained
(of an element) held in chemical combination: fixed nitrogen
(of a substance) nonvolatile
(astrology) of, relating to, or belonging to the group consisting of the four signs of the zodiac Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, which are associated with stability Compare cardinal (sense 9), mutable (sense 2)
(informal) equipped or provided for, as with money, possessions, etc
(informal) illegally arranged: a fixed trial
verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to make or become firm, stable, or secure
to attach or place permanently: fix the mirror to the wall
(often foll by up) to settle definitely; decide: let us fix a date
to hold or direct (eyes, attention, etc) steadily: he fixed his gaze on the woman
to call to attention or rivet
to make rigid: to fix one’s jaw
to place or ascribe: to fix the blame on someone
to mend or repair
(informal) to provide with: how are you fixed for supplies?
(informal) to influence (a person, outcome of a contest, etc) unfairly, as by bribery
(slang) to take revenge on; get even with, esp by killing
(informal) to give (someone) his just deserts: that’ll fix him
(informal) to arrange or put in order: to fix one’s hair
(informal) to prepare: to fix a meal
(dialect or informal) to spay or castrate (an animal)
(US, dialect or informal) to prepare oneself: I’m fixing to go out
(photog) to treat (a film, plate, or paper) with fixer to make permanent the image rendered visible by developer
(cytology) to kill, preserve, and harden (tissue, cells, etc) for subsequent microscopic study
to reduce (a substance) to a solid or condensed state or a less volatile state
(intransitive) (slang) to inject a drug
(informal) a predicament; dilemma
the ascertaining of the navigational position, as of a ship, by radar, observation, etc
(slang) an intravenous injection of a drug, esp heroin
(informal) an act or instance of bribery
late 14c., “set (one’s eyes or mind) on something,” probably from Old French *fixer, from fixe “fixed,” from Latin fixus “fixed, fast, immovable, established, settled,” past participle of figere “to fix, fasten,” from PIE root *dhigw- “to stick, to fix.”
Sense of “fasten, attach” is c.1400; that of “settle, assign” is pre-1500 and evolved into “adjust, arrange” (1660s), then “repair” (1737). Sense of “tamper with” (a fight, a jury, etc.) is 1790. As euphemism for “castrate a pet” it dates from 1930. Related: Fixed; fixedly (1590s); fixing.
“position from which it is difficult to move,” 1809, American English, from fix (v.). Meaning “dose of narcotic” is from 1934, shortened from fix-up (1867, originally in reference to liquor).
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noun, Ethology. 1. a highly stereotyped pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a particular species.
noun 1. any long-term asset, as a building, tract of land, or patent.
noun, Dentistry. 1. a partial denture that is secured permanently in the mouth by being cemented to the adjacent teeth or roots.
noun 1. capital goods, as machinery and tools, that are relatively durable and can be used repeatedly in the production of goods.