fixativesA thin varnish, natural or synthetic, that is sprayed over charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, oil crayon, pencil, and other drawing mediums, as well as photograps, maps, signs, and unfired ceramics, to protect them from smearing, finger prints, and detatching from a supporting surface (paper, etc.) All or some fixatives will alter the original colors slightly. The best are colorless, non-yellowing, and flexible. Some fixatives permit a medium to remain workable, while others lock it into its position. Some permit the choice of a glossy or a matte finish. Manufactured fixatives are most often available in aerosol cans. Common hairsprays work well as student-grade fixatives.

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  • fixative — ► NOUN ▪ a substance used to fix, protect, or stabilize something. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a substance) used as a fixative …   English terms dictionary

  • Fixative — Fix a*tive, n. That which serves to set or fix colors or drawings, as a mordant. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Fixative — Fixative, s. Zeichnen, technisches …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

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  • fixative — 1640s (adj.), from FIX (Cf. fix) (v.) + ative, suffix meaning “of or related to; tending to” (from L. ativus). As a noun, from 1870 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • fixative — [fik′sə tiv] adj. [ FIX + ATIVE] that is able or tends to make permanent, prevent fading, etc. n. a substance that makes something permanent, prevents fading, etc., as a mordant or a preservative used in microscopy …   English World dictionary

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  • fixative — UK [ˈfɪksətɪv] / US noun [countable] Word forms fixative : singular fixative plural fixatives 1) a chemical that is used for keeping the colours of a photograph, painting, cloth etc from changing 2) a type of glue …   English dictionary

  • fixative — noun Date: circa 1859 something that fixes or sets: as a. a substance added to a perfume especially to prevent too rapid evaporation b. a substance used to fix living tissue c. a varnish used especially for the protection of drawings (as in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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