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fixture

[fiks-cher] /ˈfɪks tʃər/
noun
1.
something securely, and usually permanently, attached or appended, as to a house, apartment building, etc.:
a light fixture; kitchen fixtures.
2.
a person or thing long established in the same place or position.
3.
Machinery.
  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.
4.
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.
5.
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.
6.
the act of fixing.
7.
British. an event that takes place regularly.
Origin of fixture
1590-1600
1590-1600; variant of obsolete fixure (< Late Latin fixūra; see fix, -ure), with -t- from mixture
Related forms
fixtureless, adjective
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  • They can get on fixtures with decent clubs, and work up to playing the big schools.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • Tomlinson had bought the White Horse and secured Eliza with the fixtures.

  • Legal fishing in rivers is confined to row nets, and fly and bait rod fishing, fixtures being illegal since 1810.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • The top-gallant masts can also be lowered, but the lower-masts, of course, are fixtures.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • The fact that these fixtures are made of material that is non-absorbent adds to their value as sanitary plumbing fixtures.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • As a matter of fact, the only fixtures were the cook and second girl.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In the back of the frame is a hinged door, which covers the cavity containing the tube and fixtures.

  • The amount of leakage is, therefore, in direct proportion to the number of fixtures.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for fixtures

fixture

/ˈfɪkstʃə/
noun
1.
an object firmly fixed in place, esp a household appliance
2.
a person or thing regarded as fixed in a particular place or position
3.
(property law) an article attached to land and regarded as part of it
4.
a device to secure a workpiece in a machine tool
5.
(mainly Brit)
  1. a sports match or social occasion
  2. the date of such an event
6.
(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 fixtures

fixture

n.

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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