\ ˈfikst How to pronounce fixed (audio) \

Definition of fixed

1a : securely placed or fastened : stationary
(2) : formed into a chemical compound
c(1) : not subject to change or fluctuation a fixed income
(2) : firmly set in the mind a fixed idea
(3) : having a final or crystallized form or character
(4) : recurring on the same date from year to year fixed holidays
d : immobile, concentrated a fixed stare
2 : supplied with something (such as money) needed comfortably fixed

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Other Words from fixed

fixedly \ ˈfik-​səd-​lē How to pronounce fixedly (audio) , ˈfikst-​lē \ adverb
fixedness \ ˈfik-​səd-​nəs How to pronounce fixedness (audio) , ˈfiks(t)-​nəs \ noun

Examples of fixed in a Sentence

a small mirror fixed to the wall That day remains fixed in my memory.
Recent Examples on the Web Helicopter crashes tend to occur at much lower speeds than those of fixed-wing aircraft, thus making fire one of the more deadly components of the events. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "After Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash, Aviation’s Next Era Can’t Come Soon Enough," 28 Jan. 2020 He was approved for a special VFR, which allows helicopters the clearance to fly under inclement weather that don’t meet the minimum flight requirements for fixed-wing aircraft. Matthias Gafni,, "Kobe Bryant crash: A helicopter tragedy eerily similar to a famous Bay Area wreck," 27 Jan. 2020 Unlike helicopters, which have a single point of failure at their main rotor retaining nut, the fixed-wing, electric or hybrid-electric air taxis of the sort currently in development are less vulnerable to already rare single-part failure. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Fatal helicopter crashes at low altitude have become more common," 27 Jan. 2020 An internal Kenyan police report seen by the AP said two fixed-wing aircraft, a U.S. Cessna and a Kenyan one, were destroyed along with two U.S. helicopters and multiple U.S. vehicles at the Manda Bay military airstrip. Abdi Guled, USA TODAY, "Al-Shabab attacks military base used by US forces in Kenya," 5 Jan. 2020 Her problems resemble those of women in the mid-twentieth century and earlier, though the book resists evoking any fixed period or place. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 20 Jan. 2020 This extreme sport involves parachuting from a fixed structure. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Second BASE jumper rescued from Superstition Mountains in 2 weeks," 15 Jan. 2020 Fueled by a rebound in trading, especially in fixed income, the company said profit jumped 21% in the fourth quarter, pushing annual earnings to a record $36.4 billion. Michelle F. Davis, Fortune, "JPMorgan Trading Surge Helps Fuel Most Profitable Year Ever," 14 Jan. 2020 That dividend will likely be a portion — but not all — of earnings, and will typically be a fixed sum paid each quarter. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: PepsiCo’s reliable dividends attract investors," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fixed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fixed

Middle English, from past participle of fixen "to fix entry 1" (or directly from Latin fīxus + -ed -ed entry 2)

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Cite this Entry

“Fixed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce fixed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fixed

used to describe something that does not change
: placed or attached in a way that does not move easily
informal : having something needed


\ ˈfikst How to pronounce fixed (audio) \

Kids Definition of fixed

1 : not changing : set … Phoebe wore a fixed expression …— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
2 : firmly placed A mirror is fixed to the wall. That day is fixed in my memory.

Other Words from fixed

fixedly \ ˈfik-​səd-​lē \ adverb She was staring fixedly at me.

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