Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something securely fixed in place.
  • n. Something attached as a permanent appendage, apparatus, or appliance: plumbing fixtures.
  • n. Law A chattel bound to realty.
  • n. One that is invariably present in and long associated with a place: a journalist who became a Washington fixture.
  • n. The act or process of fixing.
  • n. The condition of being fixed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that is fixed in place, especially a permanent appliance or other item of personal property that is considered part of a house and is sold with it.
  • n. A regular patron of a place or institution.
  • n. A lighting unit; a luminaire.
  • n. A scheduled match.
  • n. A state that can be recreated, used as a baseline for running software tests.
  • n. A work-holding or support device used in the manufacturing industry.
  • v. To furnish with, as, or in a fixture
  • v. To schedule a match

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is fixed or attached to something as a permanent appendage
  • n. State of being fixed; fixedness.
  • n. Anything of an accessory character annexed to houses and lands, so as to constitute a part of them. This term is, however, quite frequently used in the peculiar sense of personal chattels annexed to lands and tenements, but removable by the person annexing them, or his personal representatives. In this latter sense, the same things may be fixtures under some circumstances, and not fixtures under others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fixing, planting, or placing.
  • n. Fixedness; steadfastness.
  • n. A fixed or appointed time or event; a definite arrangement; an appointment: especially used with reference to sports.
  • n. Anything placed in a firm or fixed position; something fixed and not intended to be removed; specifically, that which is fixed to a building; any appendage or part of the furniture of a house which is fixed to it, as by nails, screws, etc.: as, gas-fixtures.
  • n. In law, a personal chattel annexed or fastened to real property.
  • n. A person who or a thing which holds a fixed place or position; one who or a thing which remains so long in one position as to seem immovable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an object firmly fixed in place (especially in a household)
  • n. the act of putting something in working order again
  • n. a regular patron
  • n. the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment

Etymologies

Variant of obsolete fixure, from Late Latin fīxūra, from Latin fīxus, fixed; see fix.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of older fixure, on the model of mixture (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Any contractor who installed that fixture is an idiot.

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  • Even if manufacturing growth becomes a long-term fixture, it still may not offer a significant boost.

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  • Manufactured from sheet material, Corian or metal, the bathroom fixture is not only light in weight but also retains strength, while being elegant as it comes in the shape of a petal, giving a natural look to the interior of your place.

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  • Each fixture is original and handmade, and incorporates every piece of collected plastic into the design.

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  • The plain light fixture is placed in a flower pot which is then filled with soil before the ivy is planted.

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  • The faucets are in, the light fixture is in place (albeit the wrong place right now), and the toliet has been removed.

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