(Latin: to fasten; to attach; from fixus, past participle of figere)

affix (verb), affixes; affixed; affixing
1. To fasten, join, or attach (usually followed by "to"): Mary affixed postage stamps to the envelopes that she was going to mail to her friends.
2. To put or to add on; to append: The salesman wanted Alice to affix her signature to the contract for the loan.

In grammar, a part of a word element that is affixed, such as a prefix, infix, or suffix, is added to a word element in order to form a different meaning. For example, the suffix, "-ed" added to "want" forms "wanted", or the prefix, "im-" connected to "possible" becomes "impossible".

When a poster is affixed to the wall, it is secured or tacked to the wall.

affixal (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to or pertaining to a linguistic word element: The affixal attachment to the root of a word includes either a prefix (in front) or a suffix (at the end).
affixation (s) (noun), affixations (pl)
1. The addition of a prefix, a suffix, or an infix to a word in order to create a new expression or a variation in the meaning: The affixation of the term "establish" with "ment" at the end of the verb, creates the noun, "establishment", which then has a different understanding.
2. The formation of a word by means of an affix: The affixation of  "discourage" uses the prefix "dis", which is added to the root "courage" and alters the content of the term.

The effect of attaching an affixation to an expression transforms the content of the meaning or part of speech; for example, "recreation" (noun) can be changed to "recreational" (adjective).

In his English class at school, Jake learned how to convert the content of several words by using the method of affixation, which changes them from one part of speech to another one or changes their meanings completely.

affixial (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to a word element, such as a "prefix" or a "suffix", that is connected to a base, stem, or root of a word: Susan added the affixial "im", or prefix, to the term "perfect" in order to have the expression "imperfect" which became completely opposite of the original meaning of "perfect".

affixion (s) (noun), affixions (pl)
Something that is connected or united with another object: Ted made an affixion of a bookcase to the wall by using screws which prevented it from falling over.
affixture (s) (noun), affixtures (pl)
Something which is attached, fastened, joined, or connected to another object or surface: James made affixtures to the wall of his work room which were bookshelves that included several research books for his scientific projects.
antefix (s) (noun), antefixes (pl)
A roof decoration put along the bottom side of a roof in order to hide the joints linking the rows of tiles: The top of Tom's house had antefixes attached, which looked like flowers, to enhance the beauty of the second floor.
antefixal (adjective), more antefixal, most antefixal
A reference to carved ornaments at the eaves of a roof to hide the joints between the tiles: The antefixal embellishment used on the building material at the top of Adam's house was used as an example for many architects because the links between the rows of material were completely concealed from view.
basifixed (adjective) (not comparable)
Attached at or near the base; such as, a leaf to a stem: The basifixed branches of the pine tree were removed for better viewing of the area where they existed.
cecofixation (noun), cecofixations (pl)
A suspension of the cecum, or any blind pouch or blind gut, to correct excessive movements of a bodily organ: Linda's mother had to go to the hospital to correct a cecofixation in her abdomen because it was causing pains.
circumfix (s) (noun), circumfixes (pl)
Links which consist of two separate elements that are joined to a root or a stem of a word: Circumfixes contrast with prefixes that are placed at the beginnings of words; and suffixes which are put at the ends; and infixes, when they are inserted in the middle.

Here are just a few examples of circumfixes with the roots that are shown in red in order to distinguish them from the prefixes and the suffixes that are conjoined to them:

  • projects
  • rejected
  • rejecting
  • photographed
  • photographing
  • photographer
  • photographic
  • recapitulate
  • recapitulated
  • recapitulation
  • suggestion
  • suggested
  • suggesting
  • immortality
  • immortal
  • premortuary
  • disputable
  • disputing
  • computer
  • computable
  • retrospective
  • circumspection
  • perspective
  • irresponsible
  • respondent
  • unrespondent
circumfix (verb), circumfixes; circumfixed; circumfixing
To create a unit of language that includes both a prefix and a suffix attached to a root or the stem of a word: The circumfixing of the sequences of characters creates many more applications, or differences in vocabulary, that have a variety of applications for writers, speakers, and readers.
circumfixation (s) (noun), circumfixations (pl)
The compilations of words that have been changed to adjust their meanings: A circumfixation of terms involves the addition of a letter, or syllables, added to the beginnings of words and to the last parts in order to modify and to convey their actions or ideas.
confix (verb), confixes; confixed; confixing
To fasten down together or to be attached to something: Jack's mother confixed a button to his jacket again after it came off.
crucifix (s) (noun), crucifixes (pl)
1. A wooden cross used for executions of people by being nailed or tied to an upright cross and left to hang there until dead as done by the Romans: In her history class at school, Carol learned that a crucifx was used in ancient times for executing convicted criminals.
2. An image or figure of Jesus on the cross: A crucifix is a cross that is viewed as a symbol of Jesus' crucifixion which is used as a model of Jesus Christ dying on a cross, often found in a church or even worn as jewelry.
3. The iron cross which is a position on gymnastic rings: A crucifix is a gymnastic exercise that is performed on the rings when the gymnast supports himself or herself with both arms extended horizontally from each side of the body.

Related word families intertwined with "to place, placing, to put; to add; to stay; to attach" word units: pon-; prosth-; stato-; the-, thes-.