Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To detach from what secures; unfasten.
  • transitive v. To cause to leave a tranquil condition; disturb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unfasten from a fixing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loosen from a fastening; to detach from anything that holds; to unsettle
  • transitive v. To make fluid; to dissolve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make no longer fixed or firm; loosen from any fastening; detach; unsettle: as, to unfix the mind or affections; to unfix bayonets.
  • To melt; dissolve.

Etymologies

un- +‎ fix (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I was lying on the sofa, with a book and a wine-glass, at about that time, when the door opened, and a gentleman in a stiff cravat, within a year or two on either side of thirty, entered, in his hat and gloves; walked up to the looking-glass; arranged his hair; took off his gloves; slowly produced a measure from the uttermost depths of his coat pocket; and requested me, in a languid tone, to "unfix" my straps.

    American Notes

  • I was lying on the sofa, with a book and a wine-glass, at about that time, when the door opened, and a gentleman in a stiff cravat, within a year or two on either side of thirty, entered, in his hat and gloves; walked up to the looking-glass; arranged his hair; took off his gloves; slowly produced a measure from the uttermost depths of his coat-pocket; and requested me, in a languid tone, to 'unfix' my straps.

    American Notes

  • He attempted to withdraw his hand but Carrigan maintained an unconscious clamp on it, which threw Daniel's free hand into dire confusion: it moved to unfix its imprisoned sibling, but, to its utter horror, found itself established atop Carrigan's wrist in a four-layer embrace that could only be described as intimate.

    Peter Clothier: The Marriage Artist

  • He lowered his wheezy bulk onto his seat and worried about the ease with which a fixed race could unfix itself.

    The Elvis Latte

  • “And wherefore say, good brother, that I would unfix thy principles of belief?” answered Clement.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • That only lasted a day and we had owr kwilts back… maybe the cheezes will unfix teh fix!

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  • This gentleman, becoming transfixed at the same moment as his lady – mother, could not by any means unfix himself again, but stood stiffly staring at the whole composition with

    Little Dorrit

  • He nearly succeeds in spoiling the impending marriage of Claudio and Hero by leading Claudio to believe, on the occasion of a masqued ball (2.1), that Don Pedro is wooing the lady for himself and not for Claudio; and then, undaunted by his final lack of success in this gambit, Don John proceeds to unfix the marriage once again by devising a tale about Hero's supposed sexual profligacy.

    Shakespeare

  • Instead, we fix and unfix bayonets every ten minutes and make martial noises.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, February 7, 1917

  • When Archimedes, or some other gentleman, said that he could unfix the earth had he a point of resistance for his lever, he illustrated, by a hypothesis of physics, the law of the generation of aristocracies.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 327, January, 1843

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