fixture

noun fix·ture \ ˈfiks-chər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fixture

1 : the act or process of fixing : the state of being fixed
2 a : 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

Examples of fixture in a Sentence

  1. He's been a fixture in the parade for many years.

  2. She hopes the new educational program will become a permanent fixture at the zoo.

Recent Examples of fixture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1fix

fixture Synonyms



FIXTURE Defined for English Language Learners

fixture

noun

Definition of fixture for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • sports : a game played at a particular time and place


FIXTURE Defined for Kids

fixture

noun fix·ture \ ˈfiks-chər \

Definition of fixture for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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