Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To secure to something; attach.
  • transitive verb To impute; attribute.
  • transitive verb To place at the end; append.
  • transitive verb Linguistics To add as an affix.
  • noun Something that is attached, joined, or added; an appendage or addition.
  • noun Linguistics A word element, such as a prefix or suffix, that can only occur attached to a base, stem, or root.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • 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.
  • noun That which is joined, attached, or added; an addition or attachment.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 verb To subjoin, annex, or add at the close or end; to append to; to fix to any part of
  • transitive verb To fix or fasten in any way; to attach physically.
  • transitive verb To attach, unite, or connect with
  • transitive verb obsolete To fix or fasten figuratively; -- with on or upon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun That which is affixed; an appendage.
  • noun linguistics 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.
  • noun mathematics The complex number associated to the point in the Gauss Plane with coordinates .
  • verb To attach.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin affīxāre, frequentative of Latin affīgere, affīx- : ad-, ad- + fīgere, to fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French affixer or Medieval Latin (1533) affixare, frequentative of Latin affigere (past participle affixus), from ad- + figere.

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

  • 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'

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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'

  • 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

  • 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'

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