infix

[ verb in-fiks, in-fiks; noun in-fiks ]
/ verb ɪnˈfɪks, ˈɪnˌfɪks; noun ˈɪnˌfɪks /

verb (used with object)

to fix, fasten, or drive in: He infixed the fatal spear.
to implant: to infix a habit.
to instill (a fact, idea, etc.) in the mind or memory; impress.
Grammar. to add as an infix.

verb (used without object)

Grammar. (of a linguistic form) to admit an infix.

noun

Grammar. an affix that is inserted within the body of the element to which it is added, as Latin m in accumbō “I lie down,” as compared with accubuī “I lay down.”

Nearby words

  1. infirm,
  2. infirmarian,
  3. infirmary,
  4. infirmity,
  5. infirmly,
  6. infixion,
  7. infl.,
  8. inflame,
  9. inflamed,
  10. inflammable

Origin of infix

1495–1505; < Latin infīxus past participle of infīgere to fasten in. See in-2, fix

Related formsin·fix·ion [in-fik-shuhn] /ɪnˈfɪk ʃən/, nounun·in·fixed, adjective

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Examples from the Web for infix

  • It is more than to infuse, it is to infix it in such a manner as that it never may wear out.

  • I have a friend who loves me as his life, and in whose breast I should infix a mortal sting if I ungratefully left him.

    Mathilda|Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


British Dictionary definitions for infix

infix

verb (ɪnˈfɪks, ˈɪnˌfɪks)

(tr) to fix firmly in
(tr) to instil or inculcate
grammar to insert (an affix) or (of an affix) to be inserted into the middle of a word

noun (ˈɪnˌfɪks)

grammar an affix inserted into the middle of a word
Derived Formsinfixation or infixion (ɪnˈfɪkʃən), noun

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