\ ˈfikst \

Definition of fixed 

1a : securely placed or fastened : stationary

b(1) : nonvolatile

(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, ˈfikst-lē \ adverb
fixedness \ˈfik-səd-nəs, ˈfiks(t)-nəs \ noun

Examples of fixed in a Sentence

a small mirror fixed to the wall That day remains fixed in my memory.

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Huts have been built in heavy rain, wind and, earlier on, with materials thrown from fixed-wing aircraft with parachutes. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A new hut with dramatic views rose up this summer in Alaska’s Hatcher Pass backcountry," 8 July 2018 The plane, built in 1979, is a Cessna 340A fixed wing multi-engine, owned Little Dreams Aviation LLC, a company based in Michigan. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Plane falls into ditch at Orlando Executive Airport," 25 June 2018 The fixed-wing aircraft would carry 20 tourists on a journey that would provide 10 minutes of weightlessness during a half-hour flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Chinese tourism, launch by centrifuge, SLS the “right” rocket," 22 June 2018 Excluding the impact of U.S. tax changes, the bank said its trading revenue would have risen 16% and fixed income would have risen 12%. Emily Glazer And, WSJ, "Profit Gains at JPMorgan, Citigroup Reflect a World in Growth Mode," 13 July 2018 Their vision is simple: Approach each piece like a sculpture, without a fixed plan in mind. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 2018 This is, partly, due to the arrival of Virgil van Dijk - a £75m signing from Southampton - but also because of the establishment of a fixed number one in Karius., "Why Liverpool Need to Forget Signing a New Keeper & Stick With Loris Karius," 10 July 2018 The policy has been in place since the 1970s, though Maryland modernized its one-of-a-kind Medicare waiver about four years ago to move away from reimbursing hospitals on a fee-for-service basis to a fixed budget. Brian Witte, The Seattle Times, "Maryland governor signs federal all-payer health contract," 9 July 2018 Is the current Air Force One required to fly a fixed number of hours per month? – Gary, Des Moines, Iowa A: The pilots of Air Force One maintain currency in simulators and by using the airplane. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Does Air Force One refuel in flight?," 8 July 2018

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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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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

: having something needed


\ ˈfikst \

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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