- 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.
- (of an element) taken into a compound from its free state.
- nonvolatile, or not easily volatilized: a fixed oil.
- Mathematics. (of a point) mapped to itself by a given function.Compare Brouwer fixed-point theorem.
Origin of fixed
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- 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).
- to make stable in consistency or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more stable state.
- to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a useful compound, as a nitrate fertilizer.
- Photography. to render (an image) permanent by removing light-sensitive silver halides.
- Microscopy. to kill, make rigid, and preserve for microscopic study.
- 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 charted position of a vessel or aircraft, determined by two or more bearings taken on landmarks, heavenly bod-ies, etc.
- the determining of the position of a ship, plane, etc., by mathematical, electronic, or other means: The navigator took a fix on the sun and steered the ship due north.
- a clear determination: Can you get a fix on what he really means?
- an injection of heroin or other narcotic.
- the narcotic or amount of narcotic injected.
- a compulsively sought dose or infusion of something: to need one's daily fix of soap operas on TV.
- an underhand or illegal arrangement, especially one secured through bribery or influence.
- a contest, situation, etc., whose outcome is prearranged dishonestly.
- 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.
- to arrange for: to fix up a date.
- to provide with; furnish.
- to repair; renew.
- to smooth over; solve: They weren't able to fix up their differences.
- 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.
Origin of fix
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Fix ( to ) meaning “to prepare, plan (to)” is another Americanism: We're fixing to go to town. It once occurred in all the eastern coastal states, but it is now chiefly an informal spoken form in the South Midland and South.
Examples from the Web for fixed
One Air Force official said that with enough time and more money, the EOTS could be fixed.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets
December 26, 2014
People on fixed incomes and government pensions are the first to feel the pain.How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy
December 17, 2014
In 1870, the very Germanically-named August Ruengling fixed a harness for a circus rider and obtained free passes for his family.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
The teen refused to drop his knife, according to officers, fixed them with “a 100-yard stare,” and walked toward them.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
November 25, 2014
Knowledge should be added to, daily, all the time, not fixed, he says.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Mrs. Van Geist fixed her niece with a sudden look of suspicion.
She threw herself on the wide divan, and he fixed pillows under her head.
And this ideal of equality and individuality was fixed in the American mind.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
We have exacted from him what is at variance with the fixed Chinese policy of ages.
Why, as I often say to myself, was such a man as this Solmes fixed upon?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- attached or placed so as to be immovable
- not subject to change; stablefixed prices
- steadily directeda fixed expression
- established as to relative positiona fixed point
- not fluctuating; always at the same timea fixed holiday
- (of ideas, notions, etc) firmly maintained
- (of an element) held in chemical combinationfixed 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 stabilityCompare cardinal (def. 9), mutable (def. 2)
- informal equipped or provided for, as with money, possessions, etc
- informal illegally arrangeda fixed trial
- (also intr) to make or become firm, stable, or secure
- to attach or place permanentlyfix the mirror to the wall
- (often foll by up) to settle definitely; decidelet us fix a date
- to hold or direct (eyes, attention, etc) steadilyhe fixed his gaze on the woman
- to call to attention or rivet
- to make rigidto fix one's jaw
- to place or ascribeto fix the blame on someone
- to mend or repair
- informal to provide withhow 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 desertsthat'll fix him
- informal to arrange or put in orderto fix one's hair
- informal to prepareto fix a meal
- dialect, or informal to spay or castrate (an animal)
- US dialect, or informal to prepare oneselfI'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 convert (atmospheric nitrogen) into nitrogen compounds, as in the manufacture of fertilizers or the action of bacteria in the soil
- to convert (carbon dioxide) into organic compounds, esp carbohydrates, as occurs in photosynthesis in plants and some microorganisms
- to reduce (a substance) to a solid or condensed state or a less volatile state
- (intr) 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
Word Origin and History for fixed
"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).
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.
- To convert inorganic carbon or nitrogen into stable, organic compounds that can be assimilated into organisms. Photosynthetic organisms such as green plants fix carbon in carbohydrates as food; certain bacteria fix nitrogen as ammonia that can be absorbed directly or through nitrification by plant roots. See more at carbon fixation nitrogen fixation.
- To convert a substance, especially a gas, into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
- To kill and preserve a tissue specimen rapidly to retain as nearly as possible the characteristics it had in the living body.