infix (infixes, present participle infixing; past and past participle infixed)
- (transitive, archaic) To set; to fasten or fix by piercing or thrusting in.
- to infix a sting, spear, or dart
- circa 1596 William Shakespeare, King John (play), Act II, Scene 1,
- […] in her eye I find
- A wonder, or a wondrous miracle,
- The shadow of myself form’d in her eye:
- Which being but the shadow of your son,
- Becomes a sun and makes your son a shadow:
- I do protest I never loved myself
- Till now infixed I beheld myself
- Drawn in the flattering table of her eye.
- 1700, John Dryden, Palamon and Arcite: or, The Knight’s Tale, from Chaucer, Book 1, in Fables, Ancient and Modern, London: Jacob Tonson, p. 11,
- The fatal Dart a ready Passage found,
- And deep within his Heart infix’d the Wound:
- 1779, David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Part 10, p. 100,
- Consider that innumerable race of insects, which either are bred on the body of each animal, or flying about infix their stings in him.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 41,
- Gnawed within and scorched without, with the infixed, unrelenting fangs of some incurable idea; such an one, could he be found, would seem the very man to dart his iron and lift his lance against the most appalling of all brutes.
- (transitive) To instill.
- (transitive, linguistics) To insert a morpheme inside an existing word.
infix (plural infixes)
- (linguistics) A morpheme inserted inside an existing word, such as -bloody- in English.
- (linguistics, proscribed) A morpheme that always appears between other morphemes in a word, such as -i- and -o- in English.