Definition of fixed in US English:



  • 1Fastened securely in position.

    ‘a fixed iron ladder down the port side’
    • ‘It is worth looking around, as you descend, to work out how on earth the original explorers managed to have fixed iron ladders meandering up the pitch.’
    • ‘Many portholes had long been taken by souvenir-hunters, although several rows securely fixed indicated that the wreck was not quite ready to give everything away.’
    • ‘Thread the fixed clamp jaws securely to the pipe sections.’
    fastened, secure, fast, firm, stable
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's expression) held for a long time without changing, especially to conceal other feelings.
      ‘a fixed smile’
      • ‘Most of her paintings were self-portraits showing her with a fixed, expressionless face staring out at viewers.’
      • ‘The soldier just stared back at him, expression fixed and stony.’
      • ‘She has staring eyes and a permanent pert, fixed smile.’
      • ‘But because Mia was their first child, they assumed the fixed expression on her face was normal for a newborn baby.’
      • ‘With painfully fixed smiles, the children kept the curious foreigners entertained for a while, and then at the end invited us to dance a traditional folk dance with them.’
      • ‘Two young women in knee-length boots and fixed smiles are schmoozing the room.’
      • ‘On closer inspection, the women's tight, fixed smiles betrayed the very end of patience.’
      • ‘He's wheelchair bound, and had an eerie sort of fixed smile on his face.’
      • ‘He seemed to carry on a silent battle, but then sighed and a fixed expression came over his face.’
      • ‘It is then that they noticed that his eyes have a fixed expression, then when they saw him open the book in hand and move his fingers across to read the Braille and laugh to himself.’
      • ‘Cabin crew are supposed to wear fixed smiles: she looked as gloomy as gloomy can be.’
      • ‘He does this while staring me straight in the eye, a fixed smile on his face.’
      • ‘Mr. Billingham's mouth, normally in a fixed smile, was as straight as the ruler Mother uses to whack me once in a while, a ruler facing horizontally.’
      • ‘I lost my patience and I lost my fixed greeting smile.’
      • ‘It was, as a glance around the fixed expressions in the room confirmed, a time for private thoughts.’
      • ‘As the tape finished, the light flicked back on again, leaving me staring at my own reflection once more, my fixed expression registering even more stunned shock than before.’
      • ‘I rushed to the mouth of my garage and stood next to Will, who was looking out with a fixed expression.’
      • ‘His features were pale and gaunt, a fixed, haunted expression upon his face.’
      • ‘Now there was a book that told us what really goes on behind the tall railings and fixed smiles.’
      • ‘The eyes were always fixed ahead and regarded us only as obstacles to be sidestepped.’
      insincere, false, fake, vacuous
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  • 2(especially of a price, rate, or time) predetermined and not subject to or able to be changed.

    ‘most trusts locked investors in for a fixed period’
    • ‘The advantage for the farmer is that he can plan his requirements and have guaranteed delivery of his feed inputs at a fixed price over an agreed period of time.’
    • ‘Instead, she said the change to a fixed price agreement allowed Irish Rail more control over what methods would be used during the project.’
    • ‘The bonds pay a fixed rate of interest, currently 3%.’
    • ‘Fixed rates are exactly that, loans with a fixed rate of interest for an agreed period, usually two, three or five years.’
    • ‘But even a loan with a variable interest rate may contain provision for a fixed rate period.’
    • ‘Prior to the recent changes, this fixed price included free fruit, yoghurts and desserts.’
    • ‘But if you think you'll be in your home for a longer period, a fixed rate may be a better choice, he says.’
    • ‘There is no standard fixed price veterinarians must charge for certain operations, and it's a seller's market.’
    • ‘Even homes in two of the city's most sought-after suburbs, were on the market at fixed prices.’
    • ‘We have now changed it to a fixed price of £190,000.’
    • ‘After paying a deposit (usually a minimum of ten per cent), you pay monthly instalments over a fixed term at a fixed rate of interest.’
    • ‘‘With the markets having calmed down and with fixed rates fairly highly priced, borrowers are looking more at discounts or trackers,’ she said.’
    • ‘In the past, the greatest flexibility that mortgage holders were offered was the choice of a variable or a fixed rate.’
    • ‘With one house in Bearsden already on the market for a fixed price of £2m, a new record is likely this year.’
    • ‘They want me to quote a fixed price.’
    • ‘A fixed rate of interest is applied, which is usually much higher than the general retail rate.’
    • ‘During this period fixed rate mortgages have increased by nearly half a point to 5.97%.’
    • ‘And some continental countries have still had house price booms despite fixed rates.’
    • ‘In each case there is an arrangement fee of £299 with no tie-ins after the fixed rate period.’
    • ‘These mortgages are primarily priced at a fixed rate.’
    predetermined, set, established, allotted, settled, prearranged, arranged, specified, decided, agreed, determined, confirmed, prescribed, decreed
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    1. 2.1 (of a view or idea) held inflexibly.
      ‘the fixed assumptions of the Cold War’
      • ‘He was a consummate pragmatist, but he was guided by fixed views.’
      • ‘It is not for this column to enter the political debate over ID cards - the Government evidently has its own fixed view of their value, consultations notwithstanding.’
      • ‘The fixed standpoint ossifies while the world moves on.’
      • ‘A delusion is a fixed belief in something manifestly absurd or untrue, and that can't be overcome by reason.’
      • ‘That said, I believe this could work to our advantage as there tends to be a fixed expectation and image about their cars.’
      • ‘Taking it a step further, few news reports have examined how society's fixed notion of gender roles may determine more than just who is being bullied.’
      • ‘I mean if you're doing one thing all your life and becoming procedurally more and more adept at that one thing, then you're going to end up with quite a fixed view of things.’
      • ‘We also want to send visitors who come up with a fixed view of Highlands culture away happy.’
      • ‘When the general acts with a fixed view, every bit of new information is interpreted in relation to that view, and emerging possibilities are missed.’
      • ‘This means that he held the conclusion as a fixed view and tried to bring forward arguments in favour of it, though without logical success.’
      • ‘These efforts tend to see childhood as a fixed notion and not to appreciate the importance of culture within society.’
      • ‘Korean Buddhist thought devoted itself to philosophical reformation and the overcoming of fixed concepts from the beginning.’
      • ‘Perceived value is certainly not a fixed notion, for it varies over a host of ever-changing attributes.’
      • ‘Diverting off at a tangent for a second, I'm wondering if all of these unexpected phenomena indicate that I have a head full of fixed expectations that might be holding me back in other areas.’
      • ‘Since he has never been to Indonesia before, he did not want to come with a fixed concept, but rather to discover the new situation first.’
      • ‘His songs lend themselves to other voices, they are not bound by fixed notions of gender, time or place.’
      • ‘The view that childhood is a fixed notion, determined by biological and psychological facts rather than culture or society, is implicit.’
      • ‘Art teachers can think of this activity as a means to circumvent fixed attitudes about drawing in a naturalistic mode.’
      • ‘And then, of course, there are the vast swathes of people in the middle who don't have a fixed view either way.’
      • ‘From the moment that we are born into the world to the day in which we die, we as humans develop our own systems of fixed beliefs; paradigms that we accept as truths and therefore rarely question.’
      set, firm, inflexible, unalterable, unchangeable, immutable, unvarying, invariable, hard and fast, cast-iron
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  • 3informal (of a sports contest) having the outcome dishonestly predetermined.

    ‘the fight's fixed—the ref has your card marked’
    • ‘It is widely believed that the Chinese football league is plagued by irregularities, including unfair refereeing, fixed matches and betting.’
    • ‘All the players of the five teams who appeared in the fixed matches would be barred from playing next season and their coaches banned for a year.’
    • ‘Besides anorexia and steroid abuse, there have, over the years, been rumours of fixed contests.’
  • 4fixed forinformal predicative Situated with regard to.

    ‘how's the club fixed for money now?’