fastened, attached, or placed so as to be firm and not readily movable; firmly implanted; stationary; rigid.
rendered stable or permanent, as color.
set or intent upon something; steadily directed: a fixed stare.
definitely and permanently placed: a fixed buoy; a fixed line of defense.
not fluctuating or varying; definite: a fixed purpose.
supplied with or having enough of something necessary or wanted, as money.
coming each year on the same calendar date: Christmas is a fixed holiday, but Easter is not.
put in order.
Informal. arranged in advance privately or dishonestly: a fixed horse race.
(of an element) taken into a compound from its free state.
nonvolatile, or not easily volatilized: a fixed oil.
Mathematics. (of a point) mapped to itself by a given function.

1350–1400; Middle English; see fix, -ed2

fixedly [fik-sid-lee, fikst-lee] , adverb
fixedness, noun
semifixed, adjective

3. constant, steady, unvarying, unwavering, firm. Unabridged
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fixed (fɪkst)
1.  attached or placed so as to be immovable
2.  not subject to change; stable: fixed prices
3.  steadily directed: a fixed expression
4.  established as to relative position: a fixed point
5.  not fluctuating; always at the same time: a fixed holiday
6.  (of ideas, notions, etc) firmly maintained
7.  (of an element) held in chemical combination: fixed nitrogen
8.  (of a substance) nonvolatile
9.  arranged
10.  astrology cardinal Compare mutable of, relating to, or belonging to the group consisting of the four signs of the zodiac Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, which are associated with stability
11.  informal equipped or provided for, as with money, possessions, etc
12.  informal illegally arranged: a fixed trial

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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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