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Affix, v. Also: afyx, affex; affixt; effix, -yx, -ex. [First in p.p. affixit, f. L. affixus, p.p. of affīgere. App. not in Eng. use till late in 16th c.]

1. tr. To attach or append (a seal) to a document.1456 Reg. Dunferm. 341 (my selle [is] affixit and to put). 1474 Edinb. B. Rec. 32 (we haf to affixt our sele). 1498 Melville Chart. 52 (has effixit to his seill). 1520 Edinb. Chart. 205 (our sele is affixit). 1565 Rec. Earld. Orkney 276 (the seill to be affixt to this writ).

2. To fix or fasten; to fix up; to pitch (a tent). Also fig.c1520-c1535 Nisbet Col. ii. 14 (affixing it on the croce). 1533 Bell. Livy II. 89/1 (the dictator affixt [v.r. affixit] his tentis at Tusculum). 1535 Stewart 34804 (ane crucifix … In quhome the image of our Saluiour Affix[i]t wes). 1540 Acts II. 359/1 (thai sall affixt the copy vpoune the ȝett). a1578 Pitsc. i. 36/27 (haweand the weillfair of this realme affixit befoir our eyis). 1647 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 77 (affixting of honers and armes in the kirk). 1660 Ib. 190 (that the mark micht be affixit on ther bodies).

3. To assign, appoint. c 1500 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 259.
That nain commondis be … gevin bot allanarlie to thame that … kepis thar seruice affixt to thame
1513 Acta Conc. MS. XXVI. 9.
To convene at ane certane day quhar it sall pleis the lordis to affix
1533 Bell. Livy I. 20/13.
Remus … met Romulus at the samyn place at tyme affixt
a1568 Scott v. 41.
In May frank archeris will affix In place to meit … To schute at buttis
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 76.
Vpoun the said xx day of Maij, the parliament was affixit
1601 Conv. Burghs II. 120.
To … mak payment … at the days affixcit
1606 Spotsw. Hist. 499.
Our will … is that you affix a Justice Court at Linlithgow … the 23 of October

Hence Affixit ppl. a. —1562-3 Winȝet I. 94/7 (the affixit tabellis of the Lord). 1577 Waus Corr. I. 154 (now is the effixit tyme).

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