- the necessary ingredients: salad fixings.
- the appropriate accompaniments; trimmings: turkey with all the fixings.
Origin of fixing
verb (used with object), fixed or fixt, fix·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), fixed or fixt, fix·ing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of fix
Synonyms for fix
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 fixing
Contemporary Examples of fixing
His stories about his tenure in Washington hype his success in fixing housing problems in “inner cities.”Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
But Uber failed to take any steps in fixing their civil rights problem.Uber and Airbnb Leave Disabled People Behind
October 4, 2014
Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder is fixing small businesses, one brilliant idea at a time.Nathan Fielder’s Business Theater: ‘Dumb Starbucks’ Wasn’t a Prank
August 4, 2014
These changes are being made under the guise of fixing a country on the verge of collapse.Australia Wants to Open the Great Barrier Reef to Dumping
June 2, 2014
The producers kept claiming they were fixing the problems, but there was no evidence of anything improving.How ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finally Found Its Way
May 14, 2014
Historical Examples of fixing
The depth of immersion is regulated by fixing the crank-pin.
The hotel's fixing for a big crowd, if the weather holds like this.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Kellogg leaned across the table, fixing him with an enthusiastic eye.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"I've never been in a studio before," said Betty, fixing fresh paper.The Incomplete Amorist
He had written beforehand from Paris fixing dates and hours.My Double Life
verb (mainly tr)
- 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
Word Origin for fix
"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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fix
- fix someone's wagon
- fix up
- get a fix
- get a fix on
- if it ain't broke don't fix it
- in a fix