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.
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.
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.
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.
He lowered his wheezy bulk onto his seat and worried about the ease with which a fixed race could unfix itself.
“And wherefore say, good brother, that I would unfix thy principles of belief?” answered Clement.
That only lasted a day and we had owr kwilts back… maybe the cheezes will unfix teh fix!
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
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.
Instead, we fix and unfix bayonets every ten minutes and make martial noises.
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.