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

  • n. The quality or condition of being fixed.
  • n. Something fixed or immovable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being fixed
  • n. Something fixed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fixedness; ; also, that which is fixed.
  • n. Coherence of parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being fixed; fixed character; fixedness; stability: as, fixity of tenure.
  • n. Specifically In physics, the state or property of a body in virtue of which it resists change under the action of heat or other cause.

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

  • n. the quality of being incapable of mutation
  • n. the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment


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  • It may be that, on the whole, the idea of fixity prevailed more among thinkers with a religious bias; but for the most part the theories were debated independently of the tenets of any faith, Christian or other.

    Thomas Henry Huxley A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • The difference in the mean variation of the first and second intervals respectively rises to an individual maximum of 3.000: 1.000, and averages for all subjects 2.290: 1.000; the fixity, that is to say, of the inter-group interval in this form of tapping is more than twice as great as that of the intra-group interval.

    Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1 Containing Sixteen Experimental Investigations from the Harvard Psychological Laboratory.

  • We connect the idea of fixity with the mountains, but they seem to me to be continually pirouetting with each other, -- exchanging or entirely losing their identity.


  • Human artifices such as fixity and certainty are a big bore to the immortals.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • Whatever may be said of the wind as a cheap agent of locomotion, this much may be safely predicated of steam vessels for the mails; that their time of departure and arrival has an absolute fixity which is attainable by no other means, and which is highly conducive to the best interests of all those for whom commerce is conducted.

    Ocean Steam Navigation and the Ocean Post

  • Of course, this definition assumed the "fixity" of species; but with the wide prevalence of the views of Darwin and his followers the term "species" has fallen into disrepute, and is now regarded by many as only an artificial rank in classification corresponding to no objective reality in the natural world.

    Q. E. D., or New Light on the Doctrine of Creation

  • I watched him till his eyes began to look vague and a kind of fixity settled on his features, -- he was perfectly unconscious that I held him at my pleasure, -- and presently, satisfied with my experiment, I relaxed the spell and withdrew my hand.

    The Life Everlasting; a reality of romance

  • Trilling's, which revolutionized our understanding of this recalcitrant work, brings the history of nineteenth-century ideas about duty, sincerity and much else to bear on the novel's uncongenial insistence on "fixity" of identity and conduct.

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  • After this first book, the author was further advised to have books published on a moderate, but regular schedule to build their reputation, stating that “even mediocre talent, when combined with fixity of purpose and regular industry, will infalliably result in a gratifying success.”

    The Edwardian Publishing Industry | Edwardian Promenade

  • Ben Whishaw is tremendous as Freddie Lyon, with a fixity and purpose that sits on his brow like a bandana.

    TV review: The Hour; Angry Boys


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