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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Frank became a fixture of Oregon politics, as U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield’s right-hand man. oregonlive, 19 May 2022 Young kept digging into the statue’s past, even as the piece itself became a fixture in her household. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Perhaps his biggest legacy came as the 6-foot-10 forward befriended a young girl from St. Johns stricken with cancer, Lacey Holsworth, who became a fixture around the 2013-14 Spartans. Chris Solari, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 Perhaps his biggest legacy came as the 6-foot-10 forward befriended a young girl from St. Johns stricken with cancer, Lacey Holsworth, who became a fixture around the 2013-14 Spartans. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2022 The rookie became a fixture in the Pelicans’ starting lineup on Nov. 24 in their 17th game of the season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 16 Apr. 2022 In a pinch, the artist set the instrument on fire to keep the audience entertained, a performance that became a fixture of the countercultural imagination. Jake Goldwasser, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2022 From myth and folklore, vampires became a fixture of culture. Roy Schwartz, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 Psychedelic plants have been part of religious rituals for thousands of years, and along with the synthetic hallucinogen LSD, became a fixture of the American counterculture in the 1960s. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of fixture was in 1598

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23 May 2022

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“Fixture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixture. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fixture

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
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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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