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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fix \Fix\ (f[i^]ks), adjective [OE., fr. L. fixus, p. p. of figere to fix; cf. F. fixe.] Fixed; solidified. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fix \Fix\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fixed} (f[i^]kst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fixing}.] [Cf. F. fixer.]

1. 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. --Shak.

O, fix thy chair of grace, that all my powers May also fix their reverence. --Herbert.

His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. --Ps. cxii. 7.

And fix far deeper in his head their stings. --Milton.

2. 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. --Pope.

One eye on death, and one full fix'd on heaven. --Young.

3. To transfix; to pierce. [Obs.] --Sandys.

4. (Photog.) To render (an impression) permanent by treating with a developer to make it insensible to the action of light. --Abney.

5. 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. [Colloq. U.S.]

6. (Iron Manuf.) To line the hearth of (a puddling furnace) with fettling.

Syn: To arrange; prepare; adjust; place; establish; settle; determine.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fix \Fix\, verb (used without an object)

1. To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.

Your kindness banishes your fear, Resolved to fix forever here. --Waller.

2. 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. --Bacon.

{To fix on}, to settle the opinion or resolution about; to determine regarding; as, the contracting parties have fixed on certain leading points.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fix \Fix\, noun

1. A position of difficulty or embarassment; predicament; dilemma. [Colloq.]

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. --De Quincey.

2. (Iron Manuf.) fettling. [U.S.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fettling \Fet"tling\, noun

1. (Metal.) A mixture of ore, cinders, etc., used to line the hearth of a puddling furnace. [Eng.]

Note: [It is commonly called {fix} in the United States.]

2. (Pottery) The operation of shaving or smoothing the surface of undried clay ware.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: {fix}, {hole}, {jam}, {mess}, {muddle}, {pickle}, {kettle of fish}]

2: something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug; "she needed a fix of chocolate"

3: the act of putting something in working order again [syn: {repair}, {fix}, {fixing}, {fixture}, {mend}, {mending}, {reparation}]

4: an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear; "collusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers"

5: a determination of the place where something is; "he got a good fix on the target" [syn: {localization}, {localisation}, {location}, {locating}, {fix}]


1: restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: {repair}, {mend}, {fix}, {bushel}, {doctor}, {furbish up}, {restore}, {touch on}] [ant: {break}, {bust}]

2: cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man" [syn: {fasten}, {fix}, {secure}] [ant: {unfasten}]

3: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: {specify}, {set}, {determine}, {define}, {fix}, {limit}]

4: prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please" [syn: {cook}, {fix}, {ready}, {make}, {prepare}]

5: take vengeance on or get even; "We'll get them!"; "That'll fix him good!"; "This time I got him" [syn: {pay back}, {pay off}, {get}, {fix}]

6: set or place definitely; "Let's fix the date for the party!"

7: kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study

8: make fixed, stable or stationary; "let's fix the picture to the frame" [syn: {fixate}, {fix}]

9: make infertile; "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized" [syn: {sterilize}, {sterilise}, {desex}, {unsex}, {desexualize}, {desexualise}, {fix}]

10: influence an event or its outcome by illegal means; "fix a race"

11: put (something somewhere) firmly; "She posited her hand on his shoulder"; "deposit the suitcase on the bench"; "fix your eyes on this spot" [syn: {situate}, {fix}, {posit}, {deposit}]

12: 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" [syn: {fix}, {prepare}, {set up}, {ready}, {gear up}, {set}]

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