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tr.v. in·fixed, in·fix·ing, in·fix·es
1. To fix in the mind; instill.
2. Linguistics To insert (a morphological element) into the body of a word.
n. (ĭn′fĭks′) Linguistics
An inflectional or derivational element appearing in the body of a word. For example, in Tagalog, the active verb sulat, "write," can be converted to a passive, "written," by inserting the infix -in-, yielding sinulat.
1. (tr) to fix firmly in
2. (tr) to instil or inculcate
3. (Grammar) grammar to insert (an affix) or (of an affix) to be inserted into the middle of a word
(Grammar) grammar an affix inserted into the middle of a word
ˌinfixˈation, infixion n
in•fix(v. ɪnˈfɪks, ˈɪnˌfɪks; n. ˈɪnˌfɪks)
1. to fix, fasten, or drive in.
2. to implant.
3. to fix (a fact, idea, etc.) in the mind or memory; instill.
4. to insert as an infix.n.
5. an affix that is inserted within a base or stem, as the -m- in Latin -cumbere “to lie down, assume a prone position,” as compared with cubāre “to lie, be in a prone position.”
in`fix•a′tion, in•fix′ion (-ˈfɪk ʃən) n.
Past participle: infixed
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|Noun||1.||infix - an affix that is inserted inside the word|
affix - a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
|Verb||1.||infix - put or introduce into something; "insert a picture into the text"|
attach - cause to be attached
plug in, plug into, connect - plug into an outlet; "Please plug in the toaster!"; "Connect the TV so we can watch the football game tonight"
penetrate - insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the molester penetrate the child?"
cannulate, cannulise, cannulize, canulate, intubate - introduce a cannula or tube into; "Cannulate the blood vessel in the neck"
input - enter (data or a program) into a computer
embed, imbed, implant, plant, engraft - fix or set securely or deeply; "He planted a knee in the back of his opponent"; "The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum"
sandwich - insert or squeeze tightly between two people or objects; "She was sandwiched in her airplane seat between two fat men"
|2.||infix - attach a morpheme into a stem word|
affix - attach or become attached to a stem word; "grammatical morphemes affix to the stem"