• WordNet 3.6
    • n fixative a varnish dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over pictures to prevent smudging
    • n fixative a compound (such as ethanol or formaldehyde) that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fixative That which serves to set or fix colors or drawings, as a mordant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fixative Serving to fix, or make fixed or stable: as, a fixative substance or process.
    • n fixative Anything which serves to render fixed or stable, as a mordant with reference to colors; specifically, a weak solution of shellac in alcohol applied to charcoal and crayon drawings with an atomizer to fix them and prevent them from being rubbed.
    • n fixative In perfumery, a substance used to detain from too speedy evaporation a highly volatile ingredient of agreeable odor. The substance so used may itself be inodorous or may contribute to the blended odor of the mixed perfume.
    • n fixative Same as amboceptor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fixative that which fixes or sets colours
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., fixus, figĕre, to fix, prob. through O. Fr. fix, or Low L. fixāre.


In literature:

Introspection is a morbid, emotional fixation on self, until it takes on this quality of objectivity.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
The more we fixate it, the more its clearness and distinctness increase.
"The Photoplay" by Hugo Münsterberg
The numbers are supposed to be read after fixation, the plate being held against the sky.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XV., No. 388, June 9, 1883" by Various
He had a fleet of Zeppelins and he had means for the fixation of nitrogen such as no other nation possessed.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
One consequence of the new land law was a legal fixation of the social classes.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
Motor co-ordination, as evidenced by eye-movements in fixating seen objects, was next investigated.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Fixative and the aroma of spring, isn't that it?
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
The jump movement, therefore, is simply a means of passing from one fixation to another with the least possible loss of time.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
The same methods of fixation and staining were employed as for the Coleoptera.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis" by Nettie Maria Stevens
But she couldn't tell us anything more about the kid's new fixation than we already knew.
"To Remember Charlie By" by Roger Dee

In news:

The George W Bush Fixation Obama's fixation on his predecessor could consume his presidency.
B arack Obama remains fixated on George W Bush.
Too much info on Bruni's oral fixation .
Hair Fixative Polymer With Natural Content.
Once a week, Team Meal Ticket shares its latest sugar-laten fixations.
Had Pete Rose died this week instead of Alex Karras, the lead, and much of the obituary that followed, would have fixated on gambling .
THE tiny town of Duck on North Carolina's Outer Banks has always had something of a Nantucket fixation.
Columbia, 1972 Mott were a hard-rock band with a Dylan fixation until David Bowie got ahold of them.
General Franks said the United States campaign to hunt down Al Qaeda extended beyond Afghanistan, but he warned against fixating on any specific country.
Nitrogen (N) fixation is the process of converting atmospheric N into a usable form for the plant and is critical for producing higher yields in soybean.
When company's coming for dinner and the house needs to be cleaned, I'll fixate on the messy garden beds or filling a bag for Goodwill.
Many of the eyes Wednesday at the Ravens' first organized team activities (OTA) workout that was open to the media were fixated for a decent chunk of practice on the team's offensive line.
But for the past six months, it seems I've been far too fixated on love poems—more specifically, "love gone wrong" poems.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion and Facet Fixation Surgery.
Why is The New York Times so fixated on the Catholic Church.

In science:

The cost of inbreeding: Fixation of deleterious genes in Arabidopsis.
A time-dependent Poisson random field model for polymorphism within and between two related biological species
Sidoravicius, Stretched Exponential Fixation in Stochastic Ising Models at Zero Temperature, Commun.
Approximate Lifshitz law for the zero-temperature stochastic Ising model in any dimension
Figure 6: Fixation time as a function of r obtained using exact iteration (•) and analytical result (×) given by (53).
Nonlinear deterministic equations in biological evolution
It appears that Einstein's long vacillating between general covariance and the correspondence principle is a symptom of his fixation on the older 1912 paradigm of the static gravitational fields.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
The result may not be good enough for excellent and stable eye tracking due to noise that contaminate gaze data acquired and detection of fixation may help to deal with this.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People