In nautical applications, the term is generally used with manual or visual techniques such as the use of intersecting visual or radio position lines rather than the use of more automated and accurate electronic methods such as GPS; in aviation, use of electronic navigation aids is more common. A visual fix can be made by using any sighting device with a bearing indicator. Two or more objects of known position are sighted, and the bearings recorded. Bearing lines are then plotted on a chart through the locations of the sighted items. The intersection of these lines is then the current position of the vessel.

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  1. A repair or corrective action.
  2. A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma.
  3. A single dose of an addictive drug administered to a drug user.
  4. A prearrangement of the outcome of a supposedly competitive process, such as a sporting event, a game, an election, a trial, or a bid.
  5. A determination of location.
  6. fettlings (mixture used to line a furnace)


  1. To pierce; now generally replaced by transfix.
    1. (Of a piercing look) to direct at someone.
      He fixed me with a sickly grin, and said, "I told you it wouldn't work!"
  2. To attach; to affix; to hold in place.
    A dab of chewing gum will fix your note to the bulletin board.
    A leech can fix itself to your skin without you feeling it.
  1. To focus or determine (oneself, on a concept); to fixate.
    She's fixed on the idea of becoming a doctor.
  1. To mend, to repair.
    That heater will start a fire if you don't fix it.
  2. To prepare (food).
    She fixed dinner for the kids.
  3. To make a contest, vote, or gamble unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins; to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion
    A majority of voters believed the election was fixed in favor of the incumbent.
  4. To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile.
    Rover stopped digging under the fence after we had the vet fix him.
  5. To map a (point or subset) to itself.
  6. To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant.
    He got caught breaking into lockers, so a couple of guys fixed him after work.
  7. To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light.
  8. To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest.
  9. To become firm, so as to resist volatilization; to cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.

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