fix the meaning

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At one point early on, Green asserts that "Milton deliberately fails to fix the meaning of [his Ovidian] allusions which thereby become a way of holding in solution unresolved, even contradictory emphases in a situation where alternatives are not yet exclusive and the future has not been fixed" (20).
Editors Frey and Morris, in an introductory chapter, lay out some of the terrain, searching for characteristics that would fix the meaning of "terrorism" and outlining philosophical theories that might provide justification or condemnation of coercive action.
According to Davidson, "triangulation" is necessary both to fix the meanings of one's thoughts and utterances and to have the concept of objectivity, both of which are necessary for thinking and talking at all.