1. fixed and unmoving

    Synonyms : rigid, set
    Examples :
    • with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare
  2. incapable of being changed or moved or undone; e.g.

    Synonyms : frozen
    Examples :
    • living on fixed incomes
  3. securely placed or fastened or set

    Antonyms : unfixed
    Examples :
    • a fixed piece of wood
    • a fixed resistor
  4. (of a number) having a fixed and unchanging value


  1. a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion

    Synonyms : fidgetiness, restlessness
    Type Of : agitation
    Examples :
    • he's got the fidgets
  2. move restlessly

    Type Of : move
    Examples :
    • The child is always fidgeting in his seat


  1. to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)

    Synonyms : further
    Examples :
    • the application of the law was extended farther
    • he is going no farther in his studies
  2. more distant in especially degree

    Synonyms : further
    Examples :
    • farther from the truth
    • farther from our expectations
  3. to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)

    Synonyms : further
    Examples :
    • farther north
    • moved farther away
    • farther down the corridor
    • the practice may go back still farther to the Druids
  4. more distant in especially space or time

    Examples :
    • they live in the farther house


  1. (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)

    Type Of : space


  1. in a frugal manner

    Examples :
    • in villages, the new pipeline marks the end of water as a precious liquid, to be dispensed frugally, weighed out drop by drop


  1. in an unqualified manner

    Synonyms : categorically, unconditionally
    Examples :
    • he flatly denied the charges


  1. the science of planting and caring for forests and the management of growing timber

    Type Of : biological science, biology


  1. the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively

    Synonyms : obviation, preclusion
    Type Of : bar, prevention


  1. extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent

    Synonyms : adoring, doting
    Examples :
    • hopelessly spoiled by a fond mother
  2. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for

    Synonyms : partial
    Examples :
    • fond of chocolate
  3. having or displaying warmth or affection

    Synonyms : affectionate, lovesome, tender
    Examples :
    • a fond embrace
    • fond of his nephew
  4. absurd or silly because unlikely

    Examples :
    • fond hopes of becoming President
    • fond fancies


  1. coming down freely under the influence of gravity

    Synonyms : dropping
    Examples :
    • falling rain
  2. becoming lower or less in degree or value

    Antonyms : rising
    Examples :
    • a falling market
    • falling incomes
  3. decreasing in amount or degree

    Examples :
    • falling temperature