Hypertext Webster Gateway: "prefix"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : an affix that added in front of the word
v : attach a prefix to; "prefixed words" [ant: {suffix}]

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