American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something that fixes, protects, or preserves, especially:
- n. A liquid preservative applied to artwork, such as watercolor paintings or charcoal drawings.
- n. A solution used to preserve and harden fresh tissue for microscopic examination.
- n. A liquid mixed with perfume to prevent rapid evaporation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to fix, or make fixed or stable: as, a fixative substance or process.
- n. Anything which serves to render fixed or stable, as a mordant with reference to colors; specifically, a weak solution of shellac in alcohol applied to charcoal and crayon drawings with an atomizer to fix them and prevent them from being rubbed.
- n. In perfumery, a substance used to detain from too speedy evaporation a highly volatile ingredient of agreeable odor. The substance so used may itself be inodorous or may contribute to the blended odor of the mixed perfume.
- n. Same as amboceptor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which serves to set or fix colors or drawings, as a mordant.
- n. a compound (such as ethanol or formaldehyde) that fixes tissues and cells for microscopic study
- n. a varnish dissolved in alcohol and sprayed over pictures to prevent smudging
“Patchouli is what is known as a fixative in perfumery.”
“That said, there are certain things that families can do to mitigate the potential downside of vaccinations and one thing is to request of their pediatricians that the MMR vaccination be given without thimersol as the fixative, which is a mercury-based fixative.”
“Broken bottles of paint and fixative gave the air an acrid odor.”
“And it ought to be obvious to us that time doesn't act as a fixative, rather as a solvent.”
“I sprayed the final piece several times with tole painting matte fixative.”
“The fixative can be part of a broader spice blend added to the dried garden ingredients to give the composition another dimension: cinammon, bay salt or dried citrus peel.”
“To prolong the potpourri's scent, use a fixative—a powdered root like orris or angelica, available at herbco.com .”
“The other fixative that binds this coalition is opposition to war spending.”
“His assistant had already started spraying fixative over the images.”
“I chuckled while looking at the tip of my shoe, greatly in need of this instant fixative that the neighbors are announcing as if the ration stores had gotten a delivery of beef.”
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