fixture

noun
fix·​ture | \ ˈfiks-chər How to pronounce fixture (audio) \

Definition of fixture

1 : the act or process of fixing : the state of being fixed
2a : something that is fixed or attached (as to a building) as a permanent appendage or as a structural part a plumbing fixture
b : a device for supporting work during machining
c : an item of movable property so incorporated into real property that it may be regarded as legally a part of it
3 : a familiar or invariably present element or feature in some particular setting especially : a person long associated with a place or activity
4 : a settled date or time especially for a sporting or festive event also : such an event especially as a regularly scheduled affair

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Synonyms for fixture

Synonyms

institution

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Examples of fixture in a Sentence

He's been a fixture in the parade for many years. She hopes the new educational program will become a permanent fixture at the zoo.

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Since the fixtures are made by the same company, the finishes and styling allow everything to tie together for a custom look. Ed Del Grande, The Seattle Times, "Collect compliments with collection fixtures," 25 Mar. 2019 The couple livened up the kitchen, however, with the bauble light fixture that hung in the living room of their previous apartment—a smaller unit on the west side of the Tiber in the Aurelio district. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Reviving the Heart of Rome by Adding Nordic Style," 15 Jan. 2019 The quartz counter tops carry over to the kitchen's large island, which has wraparound seating under the decorative light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Airiness in craftsman-style home creates inviting, family-centered space," 5 July 2018 As the current President of BAFTA, Prince William is a regular fixture at the ceremony, and will even present the BAFTA Fellowship to film editor Thelma Schoonmaker tonight. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in an Alexander McQueen One-Shoulder White Gown at the BAFTAs," 10 Feb. 2019 Simply plug it in between your light fixture and wall socket, then place the controller on a table or nightstand. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Why All Of Your Lamps Need Plug-In Dimmers," 26 Jan. 2019 The phrase is a permanent fixture of late-night TV, when car commercials boom through your speakers at inexplicably loud volumes. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018 One side of their kitchen is an incredibly intact, perfectly functioning prefabricated kitchen from the 1930s, with curved Art Deco shelves, white steel cabinets with their original fixtures, and high-gloss linoleum countertops with steel trim. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 Brazil enter the match having won Group E after bouncing back from a draw in their opening fixture to with their final two group games. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Brazil vs Mexico - Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of fixture

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fixture

alteration of earlier fixure (probably after mixture), going back to Middle English, "point of attachment," borrowed from Late Latin fīxūra "action of fixing, place where a nail is fixed," from Latin fīxus, past participle of fīgere "to drive in, insert, fasten" + -ūra -ure — more at fix entry 1

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fixture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fixture

: something (such as a light, toilet, sink, etc.) that is attached to a house or building and that is not removed when the house or building is sold
: a person or thing that has been part of something or involved in something for a long time
British, sports : a game played at a particular time and place

fixture

noun
fix·​ture | \ ˈfiks-chər How to pronounce fixture (audio) \

Kids Definition of fixture

: something (as a light or sink) attached as a permanent part bathroom fixtures

fixture

noun
fix·​ture

Legal Definition of fixture

: an item of movable property so incorporated into a real property that it may be regarded as legally a part of it

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