• The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below
    The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fixing the act of putting something in working order again
    • n fixing (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body
    • n fixing the sterilization of an animal "they took him to the vet for neutering"
    • n fixing restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
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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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"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."
    • Fixing Arrangements; embellishments; trimmings; accompaniments.
    • Fixing That which is fixed; a fixture.
    • Fixing The act or process of making fixed.
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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."
    • n fixing The act of making firm, stable, steadfast, or secure; the act of determining, settling, establishing, or rendering permanent; consolidation; establishment; the process by which anything is fixed.
    • n fixing The act of repairing or putting to rights or in order.
    • n fixing In machinery, a piece of cast-iron adapted to carry pillow-blocks and the like. When it is built into a wall. it is called a wall-fixing or wall-box; when attached to a wall by bolts, it is a plate-fixing. There are also beam-fixings, as when wheels are intended to work at the position where the fixing is situated; and when the fixing is adapted to them, it is then commonly called a wheel-fixing.
    • n fixing In metallurgy, the coating of the lining of the revolving chamber of the Danks furnace (see puddle) with a second or working lining, accomplished by covering the first lining with a melted coating formed of hydrated non-silicious ore of iron mixed with scrap-iron; also, the coating so applied. This fixing is analogous to the fettling of the ordinary puddling-furnace.
    • n fixing Establishment in life; the act of setting up in housekeeping, or of furnishing a house.
    • n fixing plural Things needed for fixing, preparing, or putting in order; arrangements; embellishments; trimmings; garnishings of any kind: as, railroad fixings.
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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.”
  • Aaron Hill
    Aaron Hill
    “Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When handling a customers complaint, remember: If you can't fix it, don't drop it.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”
  • 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.”


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.


In literature:

There was a blank pause; every eye fixed on the towering form of the specter-like woman.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
If other men preferred her, so also might he on whom she had fixed.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Many other simple devices were employed to oblige the subject to fix his attention on the space as it was traversed by the finger.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Every eye in the audience was fixed upon the programme.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
I wish to Heaven, you may continue in the disposition to fix it in Albemarle.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I guess that'll fix 'em.
"Potash & Perlmutter" by Montague Glass
She told me how to fix 'em and she said to fix 'em wid potatoes and plenty of butter and red pepper.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
His eye was frequently fixed upon me with unusual steadfastness.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The time fixed for the gathering of the Saxon host was at hand.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Meanwhile the girl had retreated a yard or two from the window, her gaze fixed wistfully on Gay and Leveridge.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce

In poetry:

Ev'n there with him for ever fix'd,
His glory shalt thou see;
And nought but death is now betwixt
Thy Husband's throne and thee.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
and then a baby rabbit jumped out,
short-eared, to our surprise.
So soft!- a handful of intangible ash
with fixed, ignited eyes.
"For the Union Dead" by Robert Lowell
Sometimes they come when both my eyes,
Are fixed upon them straight,
And all at once to my surprise,
The precious heart they take.
"Heart Thieves. I John, 3:18" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Why should this earth delight us so?
Why should we fix our eyes
On these low grounds where sorrows grow,
And every pleasure dies ?
"Hymn 164" by Isaac Watts
Immortal dead!
Ye in your lot are fix'd as fate,
And man or angel is too late
To beckon back by prayer one change upon your state.
"The Dead" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
'Tis woven in the world's great plan,
And fix'd by Heaven's decree,
That all the true delights of man
Should spring from Sympathy.
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper

In news:

CUNY biz school fixed Wall Streeters' GPAs to keep receiving tuition: sources.
President Obama is in a fix over firearms.
Kids Try to Fix Recession in Their Own Way.
Shoppers focus on quick-fix, feel-good purchases.
Fixed Focal / Splash News.
Money from the county's reserves and hiring contractors to help fix its county roads.
The Safety Net Needs Fixing.
On Day 157 of operating without a full budget, and with 13 days to go before the latest short-term fix expires, lawmakers appear no closer to a deal to keep the government running.
Whatever it's called, any pre-Longhorn OS release should separate features from security fixes.
Fix the Problem for Tuesday October 9.
How do you fix a broken family business.
We've got eight effortless fixes that'll leave you looking polished in no time.
Owner John Bootsma fixes his auto-repair business.
Finally, There's A Fix For Blurry Photos.
Hi-tech fix: Zap the roots If you look like you're wearing a sweater even when you're wearing nothing at all, you may want to consider laser hair removal.

In science:

Fix a G-invariant nondegenerate pairing h : i on g.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Fix s ∈ H ′ × {τ } such that the RA -module spanned by x is isomorphic to Ca .
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Fix a type of simple algebraic group X of rank r .
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Fix a function topology, say Lk ,p, and a constant co > 1.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Fixing the spin at x = 0 to be in state k the groundstate of RFPC then corresponds to a shortest path from (1, k) to (L, k) in G(L, k).
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain