infix


1in·fix

verb \ˈin-ˌfiks, in-ˈ\

Definition of INFIX

transitive verb
1
:  to fasten or fix by piercing or thrusting in
2
:  to impress firmly in the consciousness or disposition
3
:  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

Related to INFIX

Synonyms
brand, etch, impress, imprint, engrave, ingrain (also engrain)
See Synonym Discussion at implant

2in·fix

noun \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

1881

3in·fix

adjective \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

1971

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