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Fixation  n.  
The act of fixing, or the state of being fixed. "An unalterable fixation of resolution." "To light, created in the first day, God gave no proper place or fixation." "Marked stiffness or absolute fixation of a joint." "A fixation and confinement of thought to a few objects."
The act of uniting chemically with a solid substance or in a solid form; reduction to a non-volatile condition; said of gaseous elements.
The act or process of ceasing to be fluid and becoming firm.
A state of resistance to evaporation or volatilization by heat; said of metals.

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"Fixation" Quotes from Famous Books

... pickling effect when considering the action of chemical substances on pelt (i.e., animal hide, treated with lime, depilated, and the surplus flesh removed). Whereas any true tannage is characterised by the complete penetration of the substance and its subsequent fixation by the pelt in such a way that a thorough soaking and washing will not bring about a reconversion (of the leather) to the pelt state; pickling, on the other hand, is only characterised by the penetration of the substance in ...
— Synthetic Tannins • Georg Grasser

... specialists were sent for or the conversation took another turn. They very naturally refused to allow these desultory proceedings to be put on record, the only concession which they granted to the curiosity of future generations being the fixation of their own physical features by photography and painting. When the sitting was over, therefore, no one could be held to aught that he had said; there was nothing to bind any of the individual delegates ...
— The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference • Emile Joseph Dillon

... the case, they are rolled and drawn out, thus giving them smooth surfaces and permitting of their being soldered, are assembled by means of threaded bronze sockets. The engravings between Figs. 3 and 4 show these two modes of fixation. At a may be seen the old method of junction by soldering, and at b the screwing of the moulds into the socket. This machine consists of a box which is alternately heated and cooled, and which is fixed upon a frame, A, at the lower part of ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 611, September 17, 1887 • Various

... perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration. A work consisting of sounds, images, or both, that are being transmitted, is "fixed for purposes of this title if a fixation of the work is being made simultaneously ...
— Copyright Law of the United States of America: - contained in Title 17 of the United States Code. • Library of Congress Copyright Office

... fruitless flank attacks, kept up until April 9. After this date the German programme became more modest: they merely wished to hold at Verdun sufficient French troops to forestall an offensive at some other point. This was the period of German "fixation," lasting from April to the middle of July. It then became the object of the French to hold the German forces and prevent transfer to the Somme. French "fixation," ended in the successes ...
— World's War Events, Vol. II • Various

... dynamic aspect, differ much from the precipitation of an amorphous sediment. The organism, on the other hand, represents a more or less unstable condition formed and maintained by inflow of energy; its formation, indeed, often attended with a loss of kinetic energy (fixation of carbon in plants), but, if so, ...
— The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays • J. (John) Joly

... that he can go thus far, how does he ever proceed farther unprompted, seeing that many nations remain fixed for ever at this point, and seem unable to take one step in advance? It is perfectly true that there is such a fixation in many nations; but, on the other hand, all nations are not alike in mental organization, and another point has been established, that only when some favourable circumstances have settled a people in one place, ...
— Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation • Robert Chambers

... the complement-fixation test, which is a blood test for gonorrhea similar to the Wassermann blood-test for syphilis, ...
— Woman - Her Sex and Love Life • William J. Robinson

... it is obvious that the interest of the government in calculating the exact size of fields, the content of measures for grain, and other fiscal problems stimulated work in this field, just as astronomy developed from the interest of the government in the fixation of the calendar. Science kept on developing in other fields, too, but mainly as a hobby of scholars and in the shops of craftsmen, if it did not have importance for the administration and ...
— A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.] • Wolfram Eberhard

... way of preserving birds taken out of the egge, and other small foetus's." Boyle, unlike Browne, exposed embryos of different ages to the action of "Spirit of Wine" or "Sal Armoniack," demonstrating thereby the chemical fixation of embryos as an aid to embryology. A year later, Walter Needham, a Cambridge physician who studied at Oxford in the active School of Physiological Research, which included such men as Christopher Wren and Thomas Willis, published a book reporting the first chemical experiments upon ...
— Medical Investigation in Seventeenth Century England - Papers Read at a Clark Library Seminar, October 14, 1967 • Charles W. Bodemer

... separately. However alike they look, the seed from different individuals must on no account be mixed. Provided that due care is taken in this respect no long and tedious process of selection is required for the fixation of any given variety. Every possible variety arising from a cross appears in the F2 generation if only a sufficient {155} number is raised, and of all these different varieties a certain proportion of each is already fixed. Heredity is a question of individuals, and the recognition of this will ...
— Mendelism - Third Edition • Reginald Crundall Punnett

... of dyeing bases upon different principles. The work of M. Schtzenberger (1864) speaks of the use of sulpho-conjugated fatty acids for the fixation of aniline colors. In England, for a number of years, dyed-reds had been padded in soap-baths and afterwards steamed to brighten the red. In 1867, Braun and Cordier, of Rouen, exhibited Turkey reds dyed in five days. The pieces were passed through aluminate of soda at 18 B., then ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 286 - June 25, 1881 • Various

... pale shades may only take two or three ends, deeper shades may take more. When dyeing wool with acid colours which are all absorbed from the dye-liquor, or the bath is exhausted, it is a good plan to run the pieces several ends so as to ensure thorough fixation of the dye ...
— The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics • Franklin Beech

... body secretions, such as occurs in over-function of the thyroid gland. It is regarded as a crude body-consciousness that something is the matter. In motorial organisms it causes visible reaction: this expresses itself in what is termed restlessness. But the unrest may show itself by a fixation more particularly in the muscles of emotional expression, although the manifestation is not confined to these; shallow respirations and restricted amplitude of movement in limbs and trunk may be observed also. In cerebrate animals the reaction of the ...
— The Journal of Abnormal Psychology - Volume 10

... (2.) By a splint supporting the fore-arm and hand, the fingers being held in a semiflexed position by a large pad of cork fastened firmly on to the splint and made to fit the palm; this prevents the splint from slipping up the arm, and by a turn of a bandage insures fixation of the wrist-joint. The anterior part of this splint below the fingers may be gradually shortened, allowing more and more passive motion of the fingers, but the patient must wear it for months, indeed, till he finds his wrist as strong without it ...
— A Manual of the Operations of Surgery - For the Use of Senior Students, House Surgeons, and Junior Practitioners • Joseph Bell

... painter can certainly "think" in terms of color, as an architect or mathematician can "think" in terms of form and space, or a musician in terms of sound, without employing verbal symbols at all. And are there not characteristic activities of the poetic imagination which antedate the fixation and expression of images in words? ...
— A Study of Poetry • Bliss Perry

... acquireth no new form, but rather a consistence or determination of its defluency, and amitteth not its essence, but condition of fluidity. Neither doth there any thing properly conglaciate but water, or watery humidity, for the determination of quicksilver is properly fixation, that of milk coagulation, and that of oil and unctuous bodies only incrassation."—Is this written ...
— A Poetical Review of the Literary and Moral Character of the late Samuel Johnson (1786) • John Courtenay

Words linked to "Fixation" :   nitrogen fixation, complement fixation test, preoccupation, obsession, preservation, arrested development, fixing, fixate

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