fixed

Definitions

  • The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below
    The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fixed incapable of being changed or moved or undone; e.g. "frozen prices" "living on fixed incomes"
    • adj fixed (of a number) having a fixed and unchanging value
    • adj fixed securely placed or fastened or set "a fixed piece of wood","a fixed resistor"
    • adj fixed fixed and unmoving "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare","his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien","a face rigid with pain"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Herman's eyes were fixed on the rock Herman's eyes were fixed on the rock
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"HE KNELT ON THE BANK TO FIX HIS BAIT." "HE KNELT ON THE BANK TO FIX HIS BAIT."
"Fixed on the fall." "Fixed on the fall."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In gangster slang, a boxing match that is fixed is called a "barney."
    • Fixed Securely placed or fastened; settled; established; firm; imovable; unalterable.
    • Fixed (Chem) Stable; non-volatile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • fixed Firm; fast; stable; permanent; of a determinate or unfluctuating character; hence, appointed; settled; established: as, fixed laws; a fixed sum; fixed prices; a fixed time; fixed habits or opinions.
    • fixed Permanently placed or situated; established as to position or relation: as, the planets have fixed orbits; the fixed stars (so called from their always appearing to occupy the same place).
    • fixed In heraldry, same as firme.
    • fixed In zoology, not free or locomotory; rooted or otherwise attached to some object.
    • fixed In com., without grace or days of grace: said of drafts and other commercial papers payable on a specified date without grace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1943, Navy officer Grace Hopper had no choice but to fix a computer glitch manually. The source of the problem? A moth. Hence the term "computer bug."
    • adj Fixed settled: not apt to evaporate: steadily directed towards: fast, lasting, permanent: substantively for fixed stars (Par. Lost, III. 481)
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Quotations

  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.”
  • Aaron Hill
    Aaron Hill
    “Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    Tryon%20Edwards
    “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “We have progressively improved into a less spiritual species of tenderness -- but the seal is not yet fixed though the wax is preparing for the impression.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    Hosea%20Ballou
    “The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.”

Idioms

If it ain't broke, don't fix it - Any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even hurt it.
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In a fix - If you are in a fix, you are in trouble.
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Quick fix - A quick fix is an easy solution, especially one that will not last.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., fixus, figĕre, to fix, prob. through O. Fr. fix, or Low L. fixāre.

Usage

In literature:

Elma Ramsden and I have fixed up a drive to see the country, Thursday afternoon.
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Glauber's salt, then rinse and fix in a fresh boiling bath with 1 lb.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
It is there I have fixed our temporary abode.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Be that as it may, Macco fixed on a canoe which he thought would answer his purpose.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
There seemed to be truth in this, for Gillie, having fixed the staff as a lever, was pulling at it with all his might.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
One Sunday mornin' his wife told him deir cook wouldn't never fix nothin' she told her to fix.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Her eyes were fixed on his face as he narrated his story.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Carmena paused to fix him with a somber gaze.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
A monkey exists with fairly fixed native tendencies to act.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
This is replaced by an air of determination, fixed and stern.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Though kings and nations in his view
Are but as motes and dust;
His eye and ear are fixed on you,
Who in his mercy trust.
"The Borrowed Axe" by John Newton
She looks upon the book again
That chained her thoughts before,
And for a moment strives in vain
To fix her mind once more.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
The Lord, the sovereign King,
Hath fixed his throne on high;
O'er all the heav'nly world he rules,
And all beneath the sky.
"Psalm 103 part 3" by Isaac Watts
I sobbed aloud, all tearfully:--
By this dear face so fixed and cold,
O Lord, let not this New Year be
As happy as the old!
"The Old Year And The New" by James Whitcomb Riley
But Thou hast fixed another part,
And Thou hast fixed it well;
I said so with my breaking heart
When first the anguish fell.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
O happy soul that lives on high
While men lie grov'lling here
His hopes are fixed above the sky,
And faith forbids his fear.
"Hymn 31 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Highways 14, CC will get small fixes until funding is found for big upgrades.
She is a fixed, 1 yr. Old and is brown, orange and white.
Van Sant's steps are deliberate, his posture is straight, his attitude is responsible, and his eyes are fixed firmly on the prize.
Flip's touchscreen camcorder , the Flip SlideHD, is fixed-focus only and there's no macro mode, so objects must be a few feet away from the camera in order for them to be in focus.
You still have to fix meals – even if you go camping , everyone gets hungry sooner or later.
Calculate how much it costs to fix your car.
The company recalled 7.43 million cars, trucks and SUVs worldwide to fix faulty power window switches tha.
Do you dread having your car fixed.
Chances are good that you're probably digesting some leftover Thanksgiving fixings as you read this article.
Grow your own and fix your own nutritious and healthy.
Special Prix Fixe Menu available noon to 9 pm Advance orders suggested.
THE FIX The first gay senator, the first bisexual members of Congress, the first time white men are a minority in a major party's caucus, and the first states to endorse gay marriage and recreational marijuana.
I should like to point out a numerical misnomer of sorts in Rita Reif's article "This Architect's Eyes Are Fixed Upon the Sea", about the ship-model collector Der Scutt.
Water district wins court challenge to fix clerical error on $548 million parcel tax measure.
Reinsurance Group of America, Inc (RGA) has agreed to reinsure a $5.4-billion block of fixed deferred annuities from John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
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In science:

Fix a proper definable real forcing P with its name ˙rgen for a generic real, and let χ(x, y ) be a pro jective formula such that P (cid:13) the generic filter ˙G is the set {p ∈ ˇP : χ(p, ˙rgen)}.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
Fix a pro jective line P , put Hk := H 0 (P, OP (k)), and identify Pk := P(Hk ) with the k-fold symmetric product of P , or what amounts to the same, the linear system of effective degree k divisors on P .
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Fixed points of the RAM with isotropic distribution of a local anisotropy axis.
Phase Transition in the Random Anisotropy Model
Fixed points of the RAM with distribution of a local anisotropy axis along hypercube axes for v = 0.
Phase Transition in the Random Anisotropy Model
Fix θ ∈ (Rd)∗ with |θ| = 1 and consider the stopping time T = inf {t ≥ 0 : hθ, Mt i > δ}.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
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