• 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
Baldwin brought a bottle of fixative and sprayed the drawing through a blowpipe.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
Many soil areas do not contain the particular type of bacteria necessary to the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen by legumes.
"A Living from the Land" by William B. Duryee
The result of always using the better eye for fixation is, that fixation is not learnt with the weaker one.
"Schweigger on Squint" by C. Schweigger
A young man has been unusually long and intensely fixated upon his mother in the sense of the Oedipus complex.
"Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego" by Sigmund Freud
According to his explanation, the laws of retinal image (fixation) and eye-movement are responsible.
"Visual Illusions" by Matthew Luckiesh
Sometimes we seem to catch the process of fixation.
"The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation" by Ernst Von Dobschutz
They typify the fixation and the organization of meanings.
"How We Think" by John Dewey
But sure, I'll do what I can, if you'll promise to try and get rid of this fixation.
"Sentiment, Inc." by Poul William Anderson
The forces of fixation in China have been too strong to admit of this.
"The Evolution of States" by J. M. Robertson
The rebel is the product of extreme fixation and unintelligent immobilities.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

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
Upon consideration of this, saccades and fixations are factors to be noted which are both related to eye movements. For clicking purposes, the Eye GUIDE Clicker software was introduced.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
The brains were removed from the skull and fixed in the same fixative for 24 h.
The highly selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor DFU is neuroprotective when given several hours after transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils
Further, Fraser and Smith (1992) also discusses the concept of hypothesis fixation where once a hypothesis is formed about a decision, the subject will misinterpret the results to show that their hypothesis was correct.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
Fraser also examines confirmation bias, which is closely linked with hypothesis fixation.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
If we consider hypothesis fixation, confirmation bias (Fraser and Smith, 2002) or optimistic bias (Armor and Taylor, 2002) in this context, the little testing that is applied can be rendered invalid.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
Fig. 1.2 Fixation probabilities for a coordination game with bistability (diagram on top).
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Fixation times in evolutionary games under weak selection.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
The fixation process can be altered if needed.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels
The gels are then stained by different silver staining methods described in the chapter. A: ultrafast method; B: fast silver nitrate; C: long silver nitrate; D: Ammoniacal silver without aldehyde fixation; E: Ammoniacal silver with formaldehyde fixation.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels
Fixation of structures is not driven by a fitness or a learnability advantage, but rather by the mechanisms which generate consensus about the linguistic elements used by speakers.
Viability of an elementary syntactic structure in a population playing Naming Games