An example of prefix is adding extra to ordinary, creating extraordinary.
- to fix to the beginning of a word, etc.; esp., to add as a prefix
- Rare to fix beforehand
Origin of prefixMiddle English prefyxen from Middle French prefixer from Classical Latin praefixus, past participle of praefigere from prae-, before (see pre-) + figere, to fix
- a syllable, group of syllables, or word joined to the beginning of another word or a base to alter its meaning or create a new word (Ex.: pre- in precool, un- in unsure)
- a title that is placed before a person's name, as Dr.
- an identifying letter or number placed before another number, etc.
Origin of prefixModL praefixum < neut. of L praefixus: see prefixthe transitive verb
transitive verbpre·fixed, pre·fix·ing, pre·fix·es
- To put or attach before or in front of.
- To settle or arrange in advance.
- Grammar a. To add as a prefix.b. To add a prefix to.
- Grammar An affix, such as dis- in disbelieve, attached to the front of a word to produce a derivative word or an inflected form.
- A letter, word, abbreviation, or number placed before a name, address, or other identifying label to indicate class or category: You have to indicate on the form whether you prefer the prefix Mr., Ms., or Dr.
Origin of prefixMiddle English prefixen from Old French prefixer pre- before ( from Latin prae- ; see pre- . ) fixer to place ( from Latin fīxus ) ( past participle of fīgere to fasten ; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.) N., from New Latin praefīxum from neuter sing. of Latin praefīxus past participle of praefīgere to fix in front prae- pre- fīgere to fasten
- pre′fix·a′tion pre·fix′ion
- Though much less common, a plural form prefices exists as well, apparently formed by analogy with index-indices, appendix-appendices, and so on.
(third-person singular simple present prefixes, present participle prefixing, simple past and past participle prefixed)
From Middle French prefixer (verb) and Late Latin praefixum (noun), both from Latin praefixus, past participle of praefÄ«gÅ (“I (fix, fasten, set up) in front", “I fix on the (end, extremity)") (from prae- (“before") + fÄ«gÅ (“I fix", “I fasten", “I affix")).
prefix - Computer Definition
The beginning or to add to the beginning. To prefix a header onto a packet means to place the header characters in front of the packet. "To prefix" at the beginning is the opposite of "to append" characters at the end. See prepend.