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Having five teeth.


Having five valves. Botany.

FIX, v.i.

  1. To rest; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering. Your kindness banishes your fear, / Resolved to fix forever here.
  2. To become firm, so as to resist volatilization.
  3. 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 on any thing; to determine on. The contracting parties have fixed on certain leading points. The legislature fired on Wethersfield as the place for a state prison.

FIX, v.t. [Fr. fixer; Sp. fixar; It. fissare; L. fixus, figo. Class Bg.]

  1. To make stable; to set or establish immovably. The universe is governed by fixed laws.
  2. To set or place permanently; to establish. The prince fixed his residence at York. The seat of our government is fixed at Washington in the district of Columbia. Some men have no fixed opinions.
  3. To make fast; to fasten; to attach firmly; as, to fix a cord or line to a hook.
  4. To set or place steadily; to direct, as the eye, without moving it; to fasten. The gentleman fixed his eyes on the speaker, and addressed him with firmness.
  5. To set or direct steadily, without wandering; as, to fix the attention. The preacher fixes the attention of his audience, or the hearers fix their attention on the preacher.
  6. To set or make firm, so as to bear a high degree of heat without evaporating; to deprive of volatility. Gold, diamonds, silver, platina, are among the most fixed bodies.
  7. To transfix; to pierce. [Little used.] Sandys.
  8. To withhold from motion.
  9. In popular use, to put in order; to prepare; to adjust; to set or place in the manner desired or most suitable; as, to fix clothes or dress; to fix the furniture of a room. This use is analogous to that of set, in the phrase, to set a razor.


That may be fixed, established, or rendered firm.


  1. The act of fixing.
  2. Stability; firmness; steadiness a state of being established; as, fixation in matters of religion. King Charles.
  3. Residence in a certain place; or a place of residence. [Little used.] To light, created to the first day, God gave no certain place or fixation. Ralegh.
  4. That firm state of a body which resists evaporation or volatilization by heat; as, the fixation of gold or other metals. Bacon. Encyc.
  5. The act or process of ceasing to be fluid and becoming firm; state of being fixed. Glanville.

FIX'ED, pp.

Settled; established; firm; fast; stable. Fixed air, an invisible and permanently elastic fluid, heavier than common air and fatal to animal life, produced from the combustion of carbonaceous bodies, as wood or charcoal, and by artificial processes; called also aerial acid, cretaceous acid, and more generally, carbonic acid. Fixed bodies, are those which bear a high heat without evaporation or volatilization. Fixed stars, are such stars as always retain the same apparent position and distance with respect to each other, and are thus distinguished from planets and comets, which are revolving bodies. Fixed oils, such as are obtained by simple pressure, and are not readily volatilized; so called in distinction from volatile oils.

FIX'ED-LY, adv.

Firmly; in a settled or established manner; steadfastly.


  1. A state of being fixed; stability; firmness; steadfastness; as, a fixedness in religion or politics; fixedness of opinion on any subject.
  2. The state of a body which resists evaporation or volatilization by heat; as, the fixedness of gold.
  3. Firm coherence of parts; solidity. Bentley.


Fixedness. [Not used.] Boyle.

FIX'ING, ppr.

Settling; establishing.

FIX'I-TY, n.

Fixedness; coherence of parts; that property of bodies by which they resist dissipation by heat. Newton.


  1. Position. Shak.
  2. Fixedness; firm pressure; as, the fixture of the foot. Shak.
  3. Firmness; stable state.
  4. That which is fixed to a building; any appendage or part of the furniture of a house which is fixed to it, as by nails, screws, &c., and which the tenant cannot legally take away, when he removes to another house.


Position; stable pressure; firmness. [Little used.] Shak.


  1. A fishgig – which see.
  2. A gadding, flirting girl.
  3. A fire-work, make of powder rolled up in a paper.

FIZZ, or FIZ'ZLE, v.i.

To make a hissing sound.

FLAB'BI-LY, adv.

In a flabby manner.

FLAB'BI-NESS, n. [See Flabby.]

A soft, flexible state of a substance, which renders it easily movable and yielding to pressure.

FLAB'BY, a. [W. llib, a soft, lank, limber state; llibin, flaccid, lank; llipa, flaccid, lank, flapping; llipâu, to become flabby, to droop; llipanu, to make glib or smooth. Flabby, flap, and glib, appear to be from the same root.]

Soft; yielding to the touch and easily moved or shaken; easily bent; hanging loose by its own weight; as, flabby flesh. Swift.

FLA'BEL, a. [L. flabellum.]

A fan.

FLA-BEL'LI-FORM, a. [L. flabellum, a little fan, and form.]

Having the form of a fan. Hitchcock.

FLAC'CID, a. [L. flaccidus, from flacceo, to hang down, to flag; Sp. floxo; Port. froxo; Ir. floch; W. llac, and llag, slack, sluggish, lax; llaciaw, to slacken, to relax, to droop; llaca, slop, mud; lleigiaw, to flag, to lag, to skulk; lleigus, flagging, drooping, sluggish, slow. We see that flaccid, flag, slack, sluggish, slow, and lag, are all of this family. See Class Lg, No. 40, 41, 42, 43.]

Soft and weak; limber; lax; drooping; hanging down by its own weight; yielding to pressure for want of firmness and stiffness; as, a flaccid muscle; flaccid flesh.


In a flaccid manner.


Laxity; limberness; want of firmness or stiffness. Wiseman.

FLACK'ER, v.i.

To flutter, as a bird. [Local.] Gross.