Unfix

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unfix To loosen from a fastening; to detach from anything that holds; to unsettle; as, to unfix a bayonet; to unfix the mind or affections.
    • Unfix To make fluid; to dissolve. "The mountain stands; nor can the rising sun Unfix her frosts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unfix To make no longer fixed or firm; loosen from any fastening; detach; unsettle: as, to unfix the mind or affections; to unfix bayonets.
    • unfix To melt; dissolve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unfix un-fiks′ to make not fixed: to loose the fixing of: to unsettle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + fix,

Usage

In literature:

It is this unfixed camp-life, this life without my father, without Bonaventure, that does it.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
Her great dreamy eyes, of a deep liquid blue, wandered unfixedly in their languid gaze.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
But they did not see things to burn everywhere, because their minds were unfixed.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
In our differences with Rome he is strangely unfixed, and a new man every new day, as his last discourse-book's meditations transport him.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
Fix and unfix bayonet are executed with promptness and regularity, but not in cadence.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
If it is not, it must be some unfixed and unnamed peak.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Railway rates were yet unfixed by law and every road sold transportation as best it could.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
The company officers ordered their men to unfix bayonets, and to help each other up the rocks.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
He was still as unsure and unfixed as when he had married himself.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He unfixed his bayonet, and stretched the muzzle of his piece to me to help me out.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
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In poetry:

Can scorn unfix creation's base,
Or shake the throne of God?
Can taunts, however fierce, disarm
Stern justice of her rod?
"To Teetotallers" by John Pierpont
O, failing one whose faith unfixed
With every movement sways,
Look back, and in thy spirit kneel
With Cameron as he prays.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
But soon my eyes unfix'd their stare,
My senses clearer now became,
And borne unto my sharpen'd ear,
I heard a sound, but not the same.
"A Dream" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

"The Smith River has many problems, some of them may be unfixable, but the proliferation of poachers and the lack of law enforcement should not be one of them," he said.
Contract protest woes have thrown the city's streetlight repair program into chaos, raising the possibility that lights could go unfixed.
MLK's quote goes unfixed for six months.
The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago released a memo Wednesday that the public-employee pension system is "unfixable".
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