- præfix, præfixum, prefixe, prefixum
- IPA: /ˈpɹiːfɪks/
- ( transitive ) To determine beforehand; to set in advance. [from 15th c.]
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XXI:
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.40:
- ( transitive ) To put or fix before, or at the beginning of something; to place at the start. [from 16th c.]
- IPA: /pɹiːˈfɪks/
- Category:English prefixes
- Prefix on Wikipedia .
From Middle French prefixer ( verb ) and Late Latin praefixum ( noun ), both from Latin praefixus, past participle of praefīgō ( “I ( fix, fasten, set up ) in front”, “I fix on the ( end, extremity )” ) ( from prae- ( “before” ) + fīgō ( “I fix”, “I fasten”, “I affix” ) ).
Explanation of prefix by Wordnet Dictionary
- Prefix v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prefixed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prefixing.] [L. praefixus, p. p. of praefigere to fix or fasten before; prae before + figere to fix: cf. F. préfix fixed beforehand, determined, préfixer to prefix. See Fix.]
1. To put or fix before, or at the beginning of, another thing; as, “to prefix a syllable to a word, or a condition to an agreement”.
2. To set or appoint beforehand; to settle or establish antecedently. [Obs.] “ Prefixed bounds. ” Locke.
And now he hath to her prefixt a day. Spenser.
- Prefix n. [Cf. F. préfixe.] That which is prefixed; esp., one or more letters or syllables combined or united with the beginning of a word to modify its signification; as, “pre- in prefix, con- in conjure”.
Definition of prefix by GCIDE Dictionary