verb in·fix \ˈin-ˌfiks, in-ˈ\

Definition of INFIX

transitive verb
:  to fasten or fix by piercing or thrusting in
:  to impress firmly in the consciousness or disposition
:  to insert (as a sound or letter) as an infix
in·fix·ation \ˌin-(ˌ)fik-ˈsā-shən\ noun

Examples of INFIX

  1. <a puzzling detail that had been infixed in the detective's mind for over a decade>
  2. <a football coach celebrated for infixing in his players an all-consuming will to win>

Origin of INFIX

Latin infixus, past participle of infigere, from in- + figere to fasten — more at fix
First Known Use: 1502

Synonym Discussion of INFIX

implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind. implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught <implanted a love of reading in her students>. inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind <tried to inculcate in him high moral standards>. instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time <instill traditional values in your children>. inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation <inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology>. infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought <infixed a chronic cynicism>.


noun in·fix \ˈin-ˌfiks\

Definition of INFIX

:  a derivational or inflectional affix appearing in the body of a word (as Sanskrit -n- in vindami I know as contrasted with vid to know)

First Known Use of INFIX



adjective in·fix \same as 2\

Definition of INFIX

:  characterized by placement of a binary operator between the operands <a + b is expressed in infix notation> — compare postfix, prefix

First Known Use of INFIX



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