fixity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fixity the quality of being incapable of mutation "Darwin challenged the fixity of species"
    • n fixity the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fixity Coherence of parts.
    • Fixity Fixedness; as, fixity of tenure; also, that which is fixed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fixity The state of being fixed; fixed character; fixedness; stability: as, fixity of tenure.
    • n fixity Specifically In physics, the state or property of a body in virtue of which it resists change under the action of heat or other cause.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fixity fixedness
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Quotations

  • Octavio Paz
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    “Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fixité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., fixus, figĕre, to fix, prob. through O. Fr. fix, or Low L. fixāre.

Usage

In literature:

CHARACTERS, fixity of, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
But her hand was still fastened with his, and his face still had the same unchanging fixity of outward calm.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
They held a crocodile fixity.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
The world at large scarcely admitted a possible doubt of the fixity of species.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
We shall not have another, if the stubborn resistance and fixity of ideas in the bureaus can prevent it.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
In order to give fixity to the color the dyer steeps the wool in a mordant of alum and water.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
His eyes were wide open, and, but for a curious fixity of gaze, I should not have suspected that he was blind.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Her eyes were opened to their widest extent, but they had the peculiar blank fixity of the eyes of the blind.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Freedom of sale is necessarily annexed to fixity of tenure.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Murguia's head raised, and his eyes fixed themselves on the judge, and in their intense fixity glittered a quick, keen lust.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The eyes of both were wide, and in their fixity the lights of heaven were glassed.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
The eyes, however, seemed to him to have a singular look of fixity and lifelesness.
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
But the brutal British fixity of purpose displayed by this truculent chauffeur left him gasping with indignation.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
The labourer has no fixity of tenure.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
The element of fixity is found in them.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
And Mrs. Halsing pursed her lips with a truly orthodox fixity.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
The fixity of his gaze is so intense as to suggest the idea that he never again means to remove it until death claims him for his own.
"Portia" by Duchess
In the code of military etiquette, silence and fixity are forms of deference.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
Neither of these forms of marriage carried with it the idea of fixity and of family responsibility.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
The fixity of his glare wavered.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
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In poetry:

We that with vagrant soul his fixity
Have slighted; faithless, done his deep faith wrong;
Left him for poorer loves, and bowed the knee
To misbegotten strange new gods of song.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson

In news:

After graduating high school, even devoted music wonks might find their listening habits assuming a disturbing fixity.
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