the act of a person or thing that fixes.
fixings, Also, fixin's [fik-sinz] . Informal.
the necessary ingredients: salad fixings.
the appropriate accompaniments; trimmings: turkey with all the fixings.

1425–75; late Middle English; see fix, -ing1 Unabridged
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fixing (ˈfɪksɪŋ)
a means of attaching one thing to another, as a pipe to a wall, slate to a roof, etc

fixings (ˈfɪksɪŋz)
pl n
1.  apparatus or equipment
2.  accompaniments for a dish; trimmings

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., probably from O.Fr. *fixer, from fixe "fixed," from L. fixus, pp. of figere "to fix, fasten," from PIE base *dhigw- "to stick, to fix." Earliest Eng. usage was to "fix" one's eyes or mind on something; sense of "fasten, attach" is c.1400; that of "settle, assign" is pre-1500 and evolved into
"adjust, arrange" (1660s), then "repair" (1737). Sense of "tamper with" (a fight, a jury, etc.) is 1790. As euphemism for "castrate a pet" it dates from 1930. Related: Fixed; fixedly; fixing. The noun meaning "a position from which it is difficult to move" is first recorded 1816, Amer.Eng., from the verb. Meaning "dose of narcotic" is from 1934, originally fix-up, which dates from 1867 in reference to liquor.
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fix  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (fĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. To convert inorganic carbon or nitrogen into stable, organic compounds that can be assimilated into organisms. Photosynthetic organisms such as green plants fix carbon in carbohydrates as food; certain bacteria fix nitrogen as ammonia that can be absorbed directly or through nitrification by plant roots. See more at carbon fixation, nitrogen fixation.

  2. To convert a substance, especially a gas, into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.

  3. To kill and preserve a tissue specimen rapidly to retain as nearly as possible the characteristics it had in the living body.

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