fix

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to make something permanent

Commerce

  • verb to arrange or to agree

Electronics

  • In navigation, the determination of an accurate position through the intersection point of two or more bearings. This position is determined without reference to a former position.
  • In navigation, the determination an accurate position through the use of any available resources, such as radar, loran, ultrasound, landmarks, GPS, and so on.
  • To make stationary or stable.
  • To give a final form to.

Media Studies

  • verb to make an image such as a photograph, permanent, by treating it with chemicals

Military

  • verb to engage or threaten an enemy force (usually from the front) in order to divert its attention, and hold it in its current positions, while your main forces manoeuvre to envelop or mount a flanking attack

Publishing

  • verb to treat a photograph with chemicals so that the image is kept permanently on film

Slang

  • noun an injection of a narcotic. Originally an Americanism, by the 1960s it was in use throughout the English-speaking world. The word is now also used metaphorically or ironically to describe any habitual action, such as taking a fix of nicotine, or any pleasure which the speaker would not willingly forgo, as in a weekly fix of a television programme.

Travel

  • verb to arrange something, or to come to an agreement with somebody about something

Business

  • acronym forfinancial information exchange
    (written as FIX)

Origin & History of “fix”

Fix comes ultimately from Latin fīgere ‘fasten’. Its past participle fīxus made its way into English along two distinct routes, partly via the Old French adjective fix ‘fixed’, and partly via the medieval Latin verb fīxāre. Derived forms in English include affix (15th c.), prefix (17th c.), suffix (18th c.), and transfix (16th c.), and also fichu ‘scarf’ (19th c.): this came from the past participle of French ficher ‘attach’, which is descended from vulgar Latin *figicāre, another derivative of figere.
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