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post- +‎ fix



postfix (third-person singular simple present postfixes, present participle postfixing, simple past and past participle postfixed)

  1. (transitive) To suffix.
  2. (biology) To subject a sample to postfixation


postfix (plural postfixes)

  1. (chiefly computing) Suffix.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Parkhurst to this entry?)
    • 1843, George Moody, The English journal of education, volume 1, page 69:
      Two, or three at the very most, of the prefixes or postfixes are quite sufficient for one day's lesson.
    • 2006, Patrick Blackburn · Johan Bos · Kristina Striegnitz, Learn Prolog Now!, §9.4
      An example of a postfix operator is the ++ notation used in the C programming language to increment the value of a variable.

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Postfix is often used in programming or computing, while in the modern era suffix is used elsewhere, especially in linguistics.

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