Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Prefix'
n : an affix that added in front of the word
v : attach a prefix to; "prefixed words" [ant: suffix]
- Prefix \Pre*fix"\, 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. pr['e]fix
fixed beforehand, determined, pr['e]fixer to prefix. See
- 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.
- 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 \Pre"fix\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]fixe.]
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
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Prefix'
A prefix is an affix which is placed before the stem of a word. Particularly in the study of Semitic languages, a prefix is called a preformative, because it alters the form of the words to which it is affixed.
Examples of prefixes:
The word prefix is itself made up of the stem fix (meaning attach, in this case), and the prefix pre- (meaning "before"), both of which are derived from Latin roots.[See more about Prefix at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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