Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To secure to something; attach: affix a label to a package.
  • transitive v. To impute; attribute: affix blame to him.
  • transitive v. To place at the end; append: affix a postscript to a letter.
  • transitive v. Grammar To add as an affix.
  • n. Something that is attached, joined, or added; an appendage or addition.
  • n. Linguistics A word element, such as a prefix or suffix, that can only occur attached to a base, stem, or root.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which is affixed; an appendage.
  • n. A bound morpheme added to a word’s stem; formerly applied only to suffixes (also called postfixes), the term as now used comprises prefixes, suffixes, infixes, circumfixes, and suprafixes.
  • n. The complex number associated to the point in the Gauss Plane with coordinates .
  • v. To attach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is affixed; an appendage; esp. one or more letters or syllables added at the end of a word; a suffix; a postfix.
  • transitive v. To subjoin, annex, or add at the close or end; to append to; to fix to any part of
  • transitive v. To fix or fasten in any way; to attach physically.
  • transitive v. To attach, unite, or connect with
  • transitive v. To fix or fasten figuratively; -- with on or upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fix; fasten, join, or attach; conjoin, add, or append; make an adjunct or part of: followed by to.
  • Synonyms Add, Affix, Annex, etc. (see add), suffix, superadd, tack on, fasten on, join.
  • n. That which is joined, attached, or added; an addition or attachment.
  • n. In philology, a syllable or letter, prefix or suffix, attached to a word or a verbal root or stem, as in good-ness, veri-fy, civil-ize, un-able, un-con-form-able.
  • n. In decorative art, any small feature, as a figure, a flower, or the like, added for ornament to a vessel or other utensil, to an architectural feature, etc.: used especially with reference to ceramics and bronzes.
  • n. In mathematics, the complex number x + iy is denoted by a single letter, z; the point P, (x, y), is then called the affix of the value z; the number z is also spoken of as the affix of the point P.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attach to
  • n. a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
  • v. add to the very end
  • v. attach or become attached to a stem word

Etymologies

Medieval Latin affixāre, frequentative of Latin affīgere, affix- : ad-, ad- + fīgere, to fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French affixer or Medieval Latin (1533) affixare, frequentative of Latin affigere (past participle affixus), from ad- + figere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Guest, who was conversing with Kuchar in the weeks prior to the filmmaker's death from prostate cancer, suggested that "camp" was too easy a label to affix to Kuchar's films, which total more than 200.

    Picking Out Eye Candy

  • We have made a calculation of the value of the property in the poems of Bloomfield, and the utmost we can affix to it is

    Letter 403

  • I murmured to myself, to hear the words aloud, make them real, make them apply, affix and apply them to this room by my doing so, but not loud enough for anyone to hear and think me crazy.

    Boredom & Ennui

  • The five former Binder employees said that once Binder collects the additional medical records, employees affix colored stickers to the documents.

    Two Lawyers Strike Gold In U.S. Disability System

  • They always fill up and often have a sizable waiting list, creating the sort of buzz that might affix to a trendy new restaurant.

    A University of Virginia student has a bright idea: 'Flash seminars'

  • If you were pressed to affix a label to him, you could do worse than call him a "conservative," but then the label wouldn't be all that helpful since Brooks embodies that venerable American tradition of independent thinking and nonconformity.

    Andrew Taggart: Who Is David Brooks?

  • However, the company has begun to affix the markers on a test basis in Japan as the first step in a global roll out, according to a Japanese news report.

    Honda Looking at Use of Windshield 'Markers'

  • A set of nylon straps threaded through the seat board keep the kid safe and also securely affix the seat to a regular chair.

    Boing Boing

  • The gluey sap of its white bulbs was said to cure snakebites and was used to starch ruffs, bind books and affix feathers to arrows.

    The power of spring flowers

  • An idea was born: Why not stick magnets on the bits of paper and affix them to a cookie sheet to keep them in place?

    After the One-Hit Wonder

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