- the act of fixing or the state of being fixed.
- reduction from a volatile or fluid to a stable or solid form.
- the process of converting atmospheric nitrogen into a useful compound, as a nitrate fertilizer.
- Photography. the process of rendering an image permanent by removal of light-sensitive silver halides.
- Psychoanalysis. a partial arrest of emotional and instinctual development at an early point in life, due to a severe traumatic experience or an overwhelming gratification.
- a preoccupation with one subject, issue, etc.; obsession: All her life she had a fixation on stories of violent death.
Origin of fixation
Related Words for fixationfascination, infatuation, preoccupation, case, hang-up, complex, crush, thing, mania, fetish, addiction, craze
Examples from the Web for fixation
Contemporary Examples of fixation
That said, TV shows provide food for the imagination and that entices your fixation to the screen.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’
September 20, 2014
One Direction's sudden Mumford fixation doesn't always disappoint.Why Grown-Ups Should Give One Direction a Chance
November 25, 2013
I've never understood this fixation some people, especially the social striver-parvenu types, have with fancy watches.A Short Post About Jesse Jackson Jr
February 20, 2013
The fixation on elections as “the root of democracy” is doing little to help the downtrodden and keep the peace.The Thin Veneer of African 'Democracy'
November 13, 2012
I had the fixation that comes with being a Kennedy,” he writes, “to be a great man on the big stage.Mark Shriver’s Quest to Understand “A Good Man”
June 4, 2012
Historical Examples of fixation
It only requires a fixation of the specimen for five minutes in absolute alcohol.
The fixation is complete in one minute, and the granulations can be demonstrated.
I have called this fixation on the nearest object at hand an American habit.A Preface to Politics
The question which most interested me was the best method of fixation.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
French "fixation," ended in the successes of October and December.World's War Events, Vol. II
- the act of fixing or the state of being fixed
- a preoccupation or obsession
- the act of fixating
- (in psychoanalytical schools) a strong attachment of a person to another person or an object in early life
- the conversion of nitrogen in the air into a compound, esp a fertilizer
- the conversion of a free element into one of its compounds
- the reduction of a substance from a volatile or fluid form to a nonvolatile or solid form
Word Origin and History for fixation
late 14c., fixacion, an alchemical word, from Medieval Latin fixationem (nominative fixatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin fixare, frequentative of figere "to fix" (see fix (v.)). Used in the Freudian sense since 1910.
- The condition of being stabilized, firmly attached, or set.
- The act or process of stabilizing or attaching something, especially a body part by surgery.
- The rapid killing and preservation of tissue elements to retain as nearly as possible the same characteristics they had in the living body.
- The conversion of a gas into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
- In psychoanalytic theory, a strong emotional attachment to a person or thing, especially an attachment formed in childhood or infancy and manifested in disturbed behavior that persists throughout life.
- The coordinated positioning and focusing of both eyes on an object.