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antonym of "fix" (means fasten)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Leaellyn, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Leaellyn New Member

    How can I describe the opposite operation of this:
    "to fix the vertices of object A (to somewhere)" ?

    The image of what I want to describe is like
    "to release the vertices",
    "to cancel fixing", or
    "to return the fixed vertices to non-fixed vertices"
    but I'm not sure whether these expressions are natural or not.

    I am afraid the question is technical, because the expression was found in a manual of 3D editing software, in which I couldn't find any good antonym of "fix" in this meaning.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    Perhaps unfix -- it may not be a word we would use in conversation, but in a technical manual it matches nicely with fix to get the meaning across quickly and unambiguously. Otherwise, there's detach (which I'm not liking overly much). :)

    Edit: Thinking again, we probably would use it in conversation.
  3. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Though it's not a very common word, "unfix" would work well in the context. Here's a definition from M-W: 1 : to loosen from a fastening : detach from something that holds

    "unfix." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002.
  4. pops91710

    pops91710 Senior Member

    Chino, California
    English, AE
    I think the word should read affix, "to affix the vertices of object A" (not fix) and its antonym is "detach" or "remove", or undo, unfasten, unhook
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2011
  5. Leaellyn New Member

    Thanks a lot!
    I didn't think up "unfix", but it seems understandable and apposite in this situation.
    You are a big help.

    Thank you for your advice, pops91710. I'll supplement it with some pictures.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2011

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