from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or condition of being fixed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being fixed; stability; steadfastness.
  • n. The quality of a body which resists evaporation or volatilization by heat; solidity; cohesion of parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being fixed; stability; firmness; steadfastness; firm coherence: as, a fixedness in religion or politics; fixedness of opinion on any subject; the fixedness of gold.

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

  • n. remaining in place
  • n. the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment
  • n. the quality of being fixed and unchangeable


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  • In looking into the derivation of this term, it will be found that the word stock comes from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning to stick, and that while it has many different uses, the idea of fixedness is expressed in every one of them.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 3: Soup; Meat; Poultry and Game; Fish and Shell Fish

  • "fixedness" of the targets, but I don't think in the end it is going to be whether you can compare the two battles that will make the difference.

    The Seminal :: Independent Media And Politics

  • In any case, categories, once invented, tend to take on an ontological status almost comparable to objects in the physical world: they acquire a sense of reality and fixedness that can be seriously misleading.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • If the idea of long-term employment with the same firm, or the notion that full-time employment has some connotation of stability or fixedness about it, are history -- and they are -- can the concept of a full-time, salaried work unit survive?

    Liz Ryan: Welcome to the Antique Shop Part Three: Will Granular Work Replace the Full-time Work Week?

  • This conviction is the source not only of Protestantism's vitality and flexibility, but also of its lack of fixedness and its innate tendency toward schism.

    "Protestantism is dangerous. ..."

  • Thinking only of the typical use for objects is called “functional fixedness” and other data show that kids are less susceptible to it, and become more susceptible to it when you show them the typical function.

    Willingham: Is a paradigm shift really needed?

  • See also, T.P. German and M.A. Defeyter, “Immunity to functional fixedness in young children,” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 7 2000, 707–12.


  • Of course, not all adults fall prey to functional fixedness—the inability to see new and usual ways to use an object, such as a tack box as a support.


  • When he turned towards Rubashov again, the latter noticed for the first time a tormented look in his face, a fixedness in his eye, as though he were not focusing him, Rubashov, but a point at some distance behind him.


  • As he writes, Where the wiki concept fails most disturbingly, however, even with the most careful oversight, is in the attribute of fixedness, for no matter what the precautions or purity of motivation, the wikis are like the Great Soviet Encyclopedia on speed.

    Lawrence Lessig: The Solipsist and the Internet (a Review of Helprin's Digital Barbarism)


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