Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something securely fixed in place.
  • noun Something attached as a permanent appendage, apparatus, or appliance.
  • noun Law An item of personal property that is physically attached to a property and becomes part of it, as a machine that is installed.
  • noun One that is invariably present in and long associated with a place.
  • noun The act or process of fixing.
  • noun The condition of being fixed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fixing, planting, or placing.
  • noun Fixedness; steadfastness.
  • noun A fixed or appointed time or event; a definite arrangement; an appointment: especially used with reference to sports.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In law, a personal chattel annexed or fastened to real property.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which is fixed or attached to something as a permanent appendage
  • noun State of being fixed; fixedness.
  • noun (Law) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law 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.
  • noun A regular patron of a place or institution.
  • noun A lighting unit; a luminaire.
  • noun sports A scheduled match.
  • noun computing, programming A state that can be recreated, used as a baseline for running software tests.
  • noun A work-holding or support device used in the manufacturing industry.
  • verb To furnish with, as, or in a fixture
  • verb sports, Australia, New Zealand To schedule a match

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Variant of obsolete fixure, from Late Latin fīxūra, from Latin fīxus, fixed; see fix.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Alteration of older fixure, on the model of mixture

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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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    April 9, 2009

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  • *sings* I made it out of clay....

    April 9, 2009

  • and when it's dry and Jedi....

    April 10, 2009