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. préfix fixed beforehand, determined,
préfixer to prefix. See Fix.]
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. "
And now he hath to her prefixt a
Pre"fix (?), n. [Cf. F.
préfixe.] 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 conjure.