• The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below
    The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fix make infertile "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"
    • v fix restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken "She repaired her TV set","Repair my shoes please"
    • v fix make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc "Get the children ready for school!","prepare for war","I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
    • v fix kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
    • v fix make fixed, stable or stationary "let's fix the picture to the frame"
    • v fix decide upon or fix definitely "fix the variables","specify the parameters"
    • v fix take vengeance on or get even "We'll get them!","That'll fix him good!","This time I got him"
    • v fix cause to be firmly attached "fasten the lock onto the door","she fixed her gaze on the man"
    • v fix put (something somewhere) firmly "She posited her hand on his shoulder","deposit the suitcase on the bench","fix your eyes on this spot"
    • v fix set or place definitely "Let's fix the date for the party!"
    • v fix prepare for eating by applying heat "Cook me dinner, please","can you make me an omelette?","fix breakfast for the guests, please"
    • v fix influence an event or its outcome by illegal means "fix a race"
    • n fix a determination of the place where something is "he got a good fix on the target"
    • n fix an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear "collusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers"
    • n fix the act of putting something in working order again
    • n fix something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug "she needed a fix of chocolate"
    • n fix informal terms for a difficult situation "he got into a terrible fix","he made a muddle of his marriage"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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"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."
    • Fix A position of difficulty or embarassment; predicament; dilemma. "Is he not living, then? No. is he dead, then? No, nor dead either. Poor Aroar can not live, and can not die, -- so that he is in an almighty fix ."
    • Fix (Iron Manuf) fettling.
    • a Fix fĭks Fixed; solidified.
    • Fix To become firm, so as to resist volatilization; to cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.
    • Fix To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest. "Your kindness banishes your fear,
      Resolved to fix forever here."
    • Fix To hold steadily; to direct unwaveringly; to fasten, as the eye on an object, the attention on a speaker. "Sat fixed in thought the mighty Stagirite.""One eye on death, and one full fix'd on heaven."
    • Fix (Iron Manuf) To line the hearth of (a puddling furnace) with fettling.
    • Fix To make firm, stable, or fast; to set or place permanently; to fasten immovably; to establish; to implant; to secure; to make definite. "An ass's nole I fixed on his head.""O, fix thy chair of grace, that all my powers
      May also fix their reverence."
      "His heart is fixed , trusting in the Lord.""And fix far deeper in his head their stings."
    • Fix To put in order; to arrange; to dispose of; to adjust; to set to rights; to set or place in the manner desired or most suitable; hence, to repair; as, to fix the clothes; to fix the furniture of a room.
    • Fix (Photog) To render (an impression) permanent by treating with a developer to make it insensible to the action of light.
    • Fix To transfix; to pierce.
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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."
    • fix To fasten; make fast by some material means: attach or confine firmly or securely: also used figuratively of immaterial things.
    • fix Figuratively, to direct intently or persistently, so as to be as it were fastened to its object: as, to fix the mind on a subject; to fix the eyes or the attention.
    • fix To hold firmly; restrain from wandering or wavering; arrest: as, to fix one with the eyes; to fix the attention of an audience; to fix inconstant affections.
    • fix To establish; give permanence or a permanent character to; make permanent; confirm.
    • fix To establish in position or in a situation; settle or place stably; plant firmly: as, to fix a lance in rest; the fixed stars (see fixed, 2).
    • fix To make stable in consistence or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more permanent state; make less volatile or fugitive: as, cold fixes water in the form of ice; to fix colors by a mordant. A gas is fixed by combining it with a solid, and a volatile oil with alcohol. A photographic negative or positive is fixed, or made permanent, by the removal of superfluous salts, especially those of silver, which would otherwise gradually blacken and destroy the image. This is usually done by means of hyposulphite of soda.
    • fix To reduce to a concrete state; seize and put into permanent form: as, to fix one's thoughts on paper, or a conception on canvas.
    • fix To establish as a fact or a conclusion; determine or settle definitely; make certain: as, this event fixed his destiny; to fix the meaning of a word.
    • fix To limit or confine, as by custom or practice; determine by limitation.
    • fix To regulate; adjust; put in order; arrange in a suitable or desired manner: as, to fix one's affairs; to fix one's room or one's dress; to fix one's self for going out.
    • fix To bring into a state favorable to one's purpose; make sure of, as by selection, bargain, or some selfish inducement: as, to fix a legislative committee or a jury.
    • fix To transfix; pierce.
    • fix Same as to fix out.
    • fix To rest; settle down or remain permanently; cease from wandering.
    • fix To assume a stable form; cease to flow or be fluid; congeal; become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.
    • fix Fixed; established; steadfast.
    • fix Solidified.
    • n fix A critical condition; a predicament; a difficulty; a dilemma.
    • n fix In naut. surv., the operation of determining (‘fixing’) the position of an unknown point by the three-point problem, which involves the measurement, at the point, of the two angles between lines running to three known visible points.
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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."
    • v.t Fix fiks to make firm or fast: to establish: to drive into: to settle: to put into permanent form: to establish as a fact: to direct steadily: to regulate: to deprive of volatility
    • v.i Fix to settle or remain permanently: to become firm: to congeal
    • n Fix (coll.) a difficulty: a dilemma
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  • 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.”
  • Lord Byron
    “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.”
  • Juliet Mitchell
    Juliet Mitchell
    “A fixed image of the future is in the worst sense a historical.”
  • Horace
    “The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”


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.
In a fix - If you are in a fix, you are in trouble.
Quick fix - A quick fix is an easy solution, especially one that will not last.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., fr. L. fixus, p. p. of figere, to fix; cf. F. fixe,


In literature:

Aunt Mariah can keep it in nice fix.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Anyway, I guessed I'd put it to you before I went over to fix things up.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
His mind was clear, yet, except when actually speaking, he found it difficult to keep his attention fixed.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Barry was one of the Irish nobles whose loyalty was not fixed.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Here another inscription, fixed on the ship's side, pointed out where the hero breathed his last.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
We concluded to do so, and went to a lawyer's office and fixed up a Power of Attorney for the whole United States from him to me.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Then Dulcie jumped lightly into the rope and with her beautiful soft eyes fixed on her master, began to skip.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
She fixed her eyes on no one; she merely gazed about.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
So the date of the wedding was fixed for the fourteenth.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Decoys are of two classes, fixed and mechanical, or those easily removable and natural.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne

In poetry:

His person fixes all my love,
His blood removes my fear;
And while he pleads for me above,
His arm preserves me here.
"The Lord Is My Portion" by John Newton
But lo! his eyes far-fixed burn
Adown the widening vale;
The looks of all obedient turn,
And soon those looks are pale.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
RELENTLESS foe to human peace,
Why fix thy dwelling here?
Why triumph o'er the wounded heart,
And force the bitter tear?
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
There was no light in all the land
But the far glare of Mars;
And the wind blew, the wind blew,
It shook the fixed stars.
"The Ballad Of The Hun King's Dream" by Cicely Fox Smith
He raised me from the deeps of sin,
The gates of gaping hell,
And fixed my standing more secure
Than 'twas before I fell.
"Hymn 82" by Isaac Watts
"It glar'd for ever on his sight,
That fixed eye, so wildly keen !
Till life became a heavy load;
And long had heavy been.
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman

In news:

Special Prix Fixe Menu available 12-9 pm Advance orders suggested.
The Titans began fixing their defense Tuesday by agreeing to terms with former Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on a multiyear deal.
That cold April day in 1956, when Janina Surga Couto said goodbye to her three sisters, is fixed with piercing clarity in her memory.
Remember that awesome Trust EP by The Generationals that was released at the end of 2010 that got all of us here at KCRW overjoyed and in dire craving for a full-length fix.
BART fixes Oakland track after fire.
The surgery to fix cataracts is also common.
In the South, food fixes everything, says Beaufort caterer and cookbook author Debbi Covington.
Fix for a Faulty Heartbeat.
Jeff Beatty moved into his current house in Greene County 45 years ago but has yet to fix it up to his liking.
Get your sports fix with Greg & Trenni, Weekdays from 6-8PM during Sports Central.
The Fix runs down the 10 most competitive Senate races.
Topped with traditional bagel fixings, this pizza, from Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella's new restaurant, Graffiato, is a fun new way to feed the morning crowd.
Chrysler recalls 919,000 older Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys to fix air bag problem.
So here's one that I fixed this weekend for a magazine staff party, to go with the husband's famous Glenaritas.
This dish is great whenever you have a hankering for chili but know you should fix something a little lighter.

In science:

Fix y ∈ Rd and consider M (x, y ) = λj · ϕj (x) · ϕj (x + y ) as a function of x.
Determinantal random point fields
Fix a basis B of ˇR and take an order on B such that a < b if ∆(a) < ∆(b).
Algebraic structures on quasi-primary states in superconformal algebras
Fix the conformal vector L(z ) = Pn∈N Ln z−n−2 .
Algebraic structures on quasi-primary states in superconformal algebras
Fix w ∈ W (g0 ) and assume that w does not fix β .
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Fix qm ∈ g0 , some orbit Z , and let n (qm ) ∈ Z be a solution of eq. (6.13b), that gives the map n : qm → ˇqm .
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies