This man's fixation is biting his nails.
The definition of a fixation is a point of focus, an obsession or the chemical reduction into a solid form.
An example of a fixation is a compulsion to bite one's nails.
- a fixating or a being fixated; specif.,
- the directing and focusing of the eyes
- an exaggerated preoccupation; obsession
- reduction into a solid, permanent, or nonvolatile form
- nitrogen fixation
- Photog. the treatment of a film, print, etc. to make it permanent
- Psychoanalysis an arrest of the expression of the libidinal or aggressive drive at an early stage of psychosexual development, or a persistent attachment to some object or person that derives from this
Origin of fixationMiddle English fixacioun from Medieval Latin fixatio from fixatus: see fixate
- The act or process of fixing or fixating: the fixation of nitrogen by bacteria.
- An obsessive preoccupation.
- Psychology A strong attachment to a person or thing, manifested in an immature or pathological way.
- The act of fixing, or the state of being fixed or fixated.
- The act of uniting chemically with a solid substance or in a solid form; reduction to a non-volatile condition; -- said of gaseous elements.
- The act or process of ceasing to be fluid and becoming firm.
- In metals, a state of resistance to evaporation or volatilization by heat.
- A state of mind involving obsession with a particular person, idea, or thing.
- (law) Recording a creative work in a medium of expression for more than a transitory duration, thereby satisfying the "fixation" requirement for the purposes of copyright law.
- In order to obtain copyright on a recording in the United States, the recording must have been reduced to fixation on or after February 15, 1972.
From Old French fixation.