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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A substance that fixes, protects, or preserves.
  • adj. Serving to fix or bind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which serves to set or fix colors or drawings, as a mordant.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

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