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[fiks-cher] /ˈfɪks tʃər/
something securely, and usually permanently, attached or appended, as to a house, apartment building, etc.:
a light fixture; kitchen fixtures.
a person or thing long established in the same place or position.
  1. any of various devices for holding work in a machine tool, especially one for machining in a straight line, as in a planer or milling machine.
  2. any of various devices for holding parts in certain positions during welding, assembly, etc.
Law. a movable chattel, as a machine or heating plant, that, by reason of annexation to real property and adaptation to continuing use in connection with the realty, is considered a part of the realty.
Fox Hunting. one of a series of meets scheduled by a hunt to take place at a time and location listed on a card (fixture card) that is sent, usually once a month, to each member of a hunt.
the act of fixing.
British. an event that takes place regularly.
Origin of fixture
1590-1600; variant of obsolete fixure (< Late Latin fixūra; see fix, -ure), with -t- from mixture
Related forms
fixtureless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fixture
  • If you're going to splurge, consider something custom-designed, such as a light fixture.
  • Position the old fixture where it will stay because it will be too heavy to move easily.
  • When artificial light is necessary, install dimmers or motion-sensor switches to reduce the energy used by the fixture.
  • Money funds are a fixture of today's financial marketplace.
  • He flew right into a lighting fixture and injured his eye.
  • Webcams have been a fixture on college campuses for close to a decade.
  • Popular psychology has become a fixture in our society, and its aphorisms, truths and half-truths permeate our everyday existence.
  • But wait a second, you're a permanent fixture on a rock.
  • The results of this painstaking process are working drawings that spec out every last fixture.
  • After that, she was a fixture in all public moral debate.
British Dictionary definitions for fixture


an object firmly fixed in place, esp a household appliance
a person or thing regarded as fixed in a particular place or position
(property law) an article attached to land and regarded as part of it
a device to secure a workpiece in a machine tool
(mainly Brit)
  1. a sports match or social occasion
  2. the date of such an event
(rare) the act of fixing
Derived Forms
fixtureless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin fixūra a fastening (with -t- by analogy with mixture)
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Word Origin and History for fixture

1590s, "act of fixing," perhaps from fix (v.) on model of mixture. Meaning "anything fixed or securely fastened" is from 1812.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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