Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Fix (fĭks) adjective [ Middle English , from Latin fixus , past participle of figere to fix; confer French fixe .] Fixed; solidified. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Fix transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fixed
(fĭkst); present participle & verbal noun Fixing
.] [ Confer French 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 Herbert.
May also fix their reverence.
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.
[ Obsolete] Sandys. 4. (Photog.) To render (an impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will 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.
Fix intransitive verb 1. To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
Your kindness banishes your fear, 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
Resolved to fix forever here.
, to settle the opinion or resolution about; to determine regarding; as, the contracting parties have fixed on certain leading points.
Fix noun 1. 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 . De Quincey. 2. (Iron Manuf.) fettling.
Fixable (-ȧ*b'l) adjective Capable of being fixed.
[ Confer French fixation
.] 1. The act of fixing, or the state of being fixed.
An unalterable fixation of resolution. Killingbeck.
To light, created in the first day, God gave no proper place or fixation . Sir W. Raleigh.
Marked stiffness or absolute fixation of a joint. Quain.
A fixation and confinement of thought to a few objects. Watts. 2. The act of uniting chemically with a solid substance or in a solid form; reduction to a non-volatile condition; -- said of gaseous elements. 3. The act or process of ceasing to be fluid and becoming firm. Glanvill. 4. A state of resistance to evaporation or volatilization by heat; -- said of metals. Bacon.
Fixative noun That which serves to set or fix colors or drawings, as a mordant.
(fĭkst) adjective 1. Securely placed or fastened; settled; established; firm; imovable; unalterable. 2. (Chemistry) Stable; non- volatile. Fixed air (Old Chem.)
, carbonic acid or carbon dioxide; -- so called by Dr. Black because it can be absorbed or fixed by strong bases. See Carbonic acid , under Carbonic .
-- Fixed alkali (Old Chem.)
, a non-volatile base, as soda, or potash, in distinction from the volatile alkali ammonia.
-- Fixed ammunition (Mil.)
, a projectile and powder inclosed together in a case ready for loading.
-- Fixed battery (Mil.)
, a battery which contains heavy guns and mortars intended to remain stationary; -- distinguished from movable battery.
-- Fixed bodies
, those which can not be volatilized or separated by a common menstruum, without great difficulty, as gold, platinum, lime, etc.
-- Fixed capital
. See the Note under Capital , noun , 4.
-- Fixed fact
, a well established fact.
[ Colloq.] -- Fixed light
, one which emits constant beams; -- distinguished from a flashing, revolving, or intermittent light.
-- Fixed oils (Chemistry)
, non-volatile, oily substances, as stearine and olein, which leave a permanent greasy stain, and which can not be distilled unchanged; -- distinguished from volatile or essential oils .
-- Fixed pivot (Mil.)
, the fixed point about which any line of troops wheels.
-- Fixed stars (Astron.)
, such stars as always retain nearly the same apparent position and distance with respect to each other, thus distinguished from planets and comets.
Fixedly (fĭks"ĕd*lȳ) adverb In a fixed, stable, or constant manner.
1. The state or quality of being fixed; stability; steadfastness. 2. The quality of a body which resists evaporation or volatilization by heat; solidity; cohesion of parts; as, the fixedness of gold.
Fixidity (fĭks*ĭd"ĭ*tȳ) noun Fixedness. [ Obsolete] Boyle.
Fixing (fĭks"ĭng) noun
1. The act or process of making fixed. 2. That which is fixed; a fixture. 3. plural Arrangements; embellishments; trimmings; accompaniments. [ Colloq. U.S.]
Fixity (-ĭ*tȳ) noun [ Confer French fixité .]
1. Fixedness; as, fixity of tenure; also, that which is fixed. 2. Coherence of parts. Sir I. Newton.
(fĭks"tur; 135) noun
[ Confer Fixure
.] 1. That which is fixed or attached to something as a permanent appendage; as, the fixtures of a pump; the fixtures of a farm or of a dwelling, that is, the articles which a tenant may not take away. 2. State of being fixed; fixedness.
The firm fixture of thy foot. Shak. 3. (Law) Anything of an accessory character annexed to houses and lands, so as to constitute a part of them. This term is, however, quite frequently used in the peculiar sense of personal chattels annexed to lands and tenements, but removable by the person annexing them, or his personal representatives. In this latter sense, the same things may be fixtures under some circumstances, and not fixtures under others. Wharton (Law Dict.). Bouvier.
» This word is frequently substituted for fixure
(formerly the word in common use) in new editions of old works.
[ Latin fixura
a fastening, from figere
to fix. See Fix
, and confer Fixture
.] Fixed position; stable condition; firmness.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Fizgig (fĭz"gĭg) noun A fishgig. [ Obsolete] Sandys.
Fizgig noun [ Fizz + gig whirling thing.] A firework, made of damp powder, which makes a fizzing or hissing noise when it explodes.
[ See Gig
a flirt.] A gadding, flirting girl. Gosson.
(fĭz) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fizzed
(fĭzd); present participle & verbal noun Fizzing
.] [ Confer Icelandic fīsa
to break wind, Danish fise
to foist, fizzle, OSw. fisa
, German fisten
. Confer Foist
.] To make a hissing sound, as a burning fuse.
Fizz noun A hissing sound; as, the fizz of a fly.
(fĭz"z'l) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Fizzled
(-z'ld); present participle & verbal noun Fizzling
(-zlĭng).] [ See Fizz
.] 1. To make a hissing sound.
It is the easiest thing, sir, to be done, B. Jonson. 2. To make a ridiculous failure in an undertaking.
As plain as fizzling .
[ Colloq. or Low] To fizzle out
, to burn with a hissing noise and then go out, like wet gunpowder; hence, to fail completely and ridiculously; to prove a failure.
Fizzle noun A failure or abortive effort. [ Colloq.]
(fyôrd) noun See Fiord .
Flabbergast transitive verb
[ Confer Flap
, and Aghast
.] To astonish; to strike with wonder, esp. by extraordinary statements.
[ Jocular] Beaconsfield.
Flabbergastation noun The state of being flabbergasted. [ Jocular] London Punch.
Flabbily adverb In a flabby manner.
Flabbiness noun Quality or state of being flabby.
[ See Flap
.] Yielding to the touch, and easily moved or shaken; hanging loose by its own weight; wanting firmness; flaccid; as, flabby flesh.
Flabel noun [ Latin flabellum a fan, dim. of flabrum a breeze, from flare to blow.] A fan. [ Obsolete] Huloet.
[ Latin flabellatus
, past participle of flabellare
to fan, from flabellum
. See Flabbel
.] (Botany) Flabelliform.
Flabellation noun The act of keeping fractured limbs cool by the use of a fan or some other contrivance. Dunglison.
Flabelliform adjective [ Latin flabellum a fan + -form : confer French flabeliforme .] Having the form of a fan; fan-shaped; flabellate.
Flabellinerved adjective [ Latin flabellum a fan + English nerve .] (Botany) Having many nerves diverging radiately from the base; -- said of a leaf.
[ Latin See Flabel
.] (Eccl.) A fan; especially, the fan carried before the pope on state occasions, made in ostrich and peacock feathers. Shipley.
Flabile adjective [ Latin flabilis .] Liable to be blown about. Bailey.
[ Latin flaccidus
, from flaccus
flabby: confer Old French flaccide
.] Yielding to pressure for want of firmness and stiffness; soft and weak; limber; lax; drooping; flabby; as, a flaccid muscle; flaccid flesh.
Religious profession . . . has become flacced . I. Taylor.
-- Flac"cid*ly adverb
Flaccidity noun [ Confer French flaccidité .] The state of being flaccid.
Flacherie (flȧsh`rē") noun [ French] A bacterial disease of silkworms, supposed to be due to eating contaminated mulberry leaves.
Flacker intransitive verb [ Middle English flakeren , from flacken to move quickly to and fro; confer icel. flakka to rove about, Anglo-Saxon flacor fluttering, flying, German flackern to flare, flicker.] To flutter, as a bird. [ Prov. Eng.] Grose.
Flacket noun [ Old French flasquet little flask, dim. of flasque a flask.] A barrel-shaped bottle; a flagon.
[ French See Flagon
.] A small glass bottle; as, a flacon for perfume.
"Two glass flacons
for the ink." Longfellow.