• WordNet 3.6
    • n fixture the act of putting something in working order again
    • n fixture an object firmly fixed in place (especially in a household)
    • n fixture the quality of being fixed in place as by some firm attachment
    • n fixture a regular patron "an habitue of the racetrack","a bum who is a Central Park fixture"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
    • Fixture (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.
    • Fixture State of being fixed; fixedness. "The firm fixture of thy foot."
    • Fixture That which is fixed or attached to something as a permanent appendage; as, the fixtures of a pump; the fixtures of a farm or of a dwelling, that is, the articles which a tenant may not take away.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fixture A fixing, planting, or placing.
    • n fixture Fixedness; steadfastness.
    • n fixture A fixed or appointed time or event; a definite arrangement; an appointment: especially used with reference to sports.
    • n fixture 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.
    • n fixture In law, a personal chattel annexed or fastened to real property. In regard to the right of severance and removal, the term is used in two directly contradictory senses: A chattel so annexed, which has thereby become in law part of the real property, and cannot legally be severed and removed without consent of the owner of the real property. This was the original use.
    • n fixture 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fixture a movable that has become fastened to anything, as to land or to a house: a fixed article of furniture: a fixed or appointed time or event, as a horse-race
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Fixure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., fixus, figĕre, to fix, prob. through O. Fr. fix, or Low L. fixāre.


In literature:

A good mistress, who is reasonable and liberal in her treatment, is able to make them fixtures.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
Fixtures at a valuation.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
With this fixture I run six hogsheads off in every twenty four hours and doubled the same, with the same heat and fire.
"The Practical Distiller" by Samuel McHarry
He sees it so much and so often that after a time it seems to be only a necessary fixture in the landscape.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
People are not now the fixtures they used to be in their respective localities, finding their amusements within their own limited circle.
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
Well, no sooner had my friend with the peg made himself a fixture in the school, than he took me down, not a peg or two, but a good half-dozen.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
In the days that followed Stuart Farquaharson's car standing at the front of the old manse became a fixture in the landscape.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
The top-gallant masts can also be lowered, but the lower-masts, of course, are fixtures.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
He is now a fixture in every up-to-date school system, and it is the psychologist for whom battle is now being waged.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
The church was small, having but one aisle, and the narrow seats were fixtures.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
I thought you were a fixture there.
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
Wouldn't forget the fixture for a kingdom.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 1, 1890" by Various
That life was not a stable permanent fixture was itself the sorrowful tidings which helped to lighten my mind.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
What a good thing he left them as fixtures!
"The Carved Cupboard" by Amy Le Feuvre
He had become an editor and a fixture.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
No, I couldn't unhook the clappers; they were a fixture.
"The Tale Of Mr. Peter Brown - Chelsea Justice" by V. Sackville West
He is a scoundrel of the first magnitude, ... without any fixture of principle or really of virtue.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Equipped with the very best gauges, safety valves and other fixtures.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
But we have no need for such cumbersome fixtures in this day of wiring.
"Color Value" by C. R. Clifford
Thee would make a grim fixture for a pole here hard by.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby

In poetry:

"A common coat now serves for both,
The hat's no more a fixture;
And which was wet and which was dry,
Who knows in such a mixture?
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Some are longtime industry fixtures.
Many years ago, the restaurant was a popular fixture there.
The chain is making that perfectly clear at a new store here, orchestrating state-of-the-art merchandising fixtures that put bread squarely under the spotlight.
1 position at Zabar's salmon-slicing counter on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, becoming a star of the trade and a beloved neighborhood fixture, died Saturday of lymphoma in a hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.
Lustre Square pendant fixture in twice-glazed ceramic by Tom Dixon, 201-984-5599.
A fixture at Miami's hippest events, Rodriguez keeps her style classic with an edge.
Combining 140 paper-thin OLEDs and mechatronics, Selux and Art+Com created Manta Rhei, a 1.2m-by-2.4m kinetic fixture that can change form, lighting scenarios, and movement patterns.
Once the season began, however, the " midfielder " label was quickly dropped and Solli became a fixture at right back.
SAN DIEGO — Midge Costanza, once the top woman in Jimmy Carter's White House and a fixture in San Diego Democratic politics for 20 years, died Tuesday.
Magic players and friends have been fixtures since 2004 draft.
Dania Maxwell/Staff David Frank locates items inside Naples Millwork and Fixture Company for a customer on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in Naples, Fla. "You can cram a lot of stuff in here in 60 years," said Frank.
Dania Maxwell/Staff The family operated business, Naples Millwork and Fixture Company will close at the end of the month.
DMG's CNC universal milling machine , the DMU 50 eco, is designed for high precision and reliability in workshop, training and laboratory settings, as well as for tool, fixture and mold construction applications.
Moats are common fixtures at Missouri casinos.
Queen of All Saints Catholic school has been a fixture in the Sauganash neighborhood since the 1940s, a place where families can send their children for a quality parochial education.

In science:

Furthermore, the telescope-mask system must be suitable for some level of ground qualification test. Ground performance of any TEC telescope will depend on both gravity release fixturing, and on extensive precise modeling.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
To date the fixture glued nine boards, all successfully.
Construction of a Digital Hadron Calorimeter
Figure 7: Photograph of a pad-board, showing the gluing fixture in the process of applying the last dots of conductive glue.
Construction of a Digital Hadron Calorimeter
Similarly, high gain amplifiers, though they may be unconditionally stable in a test fixture, can easily develop instability in a packaged environment where unintended feedback is combined with a reactive out-of-band termination on its input or output.
Synthesis of a New Class of Reflectionless Filter Prototypes
Fixtures for the preparation of the rims of the RPCs were designed, built and optimized.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
The plastic frame was cut to size and glued together on a custom gluing fixture to provide the correct shape and outer structure. Next a sheet of thick painted glass was placed on the frame and the gaps glued to achieve rigidity and create a seal to contain the gas.
Construction of the Digital Hadron Calorimeter
Once the glue was dry, the gas inlet tubes, high voltage mounting fixtures and the fishing lines were glued in place.
Construction of the Digital Hadron Calorimeter
Within JUN I T 1 , a test case is specified as a class, inheriting from the generic TestCase class offered by the test framework. • a Test Case Fixture is the set of attributes a test case requires to bring the unit under test into the desired state.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
Test Commands exercising the same unit under test are gathered in a Test Case, thereby sharing an explicit Test Case Fixture and Setup.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
In addition to the nodes introduced in the visualization technique, this view adds two meta-nodes named Fixture and Test Commands, thereby making these two test concepts explicit.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
The Lack of Explicit Fixture (Figure 5(b)) renders a test case more difficult to understand, as the common unit under test (if at all present) is implicitly interwoven within every single test command.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
Moreover, the Large Fixture of this test case is diagnosed by the many production class entities in the fixture that are extensively, yet not fully, shared among the test commands.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
Large Fixture and Complex Test Scenario Figure 5.
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
Thus, any undesirable deformation in the fixture had to be avoided.
A study of localisation in dual-phase high-strength steels under dynamic loading using digital image correlation and FE analysis
Existing normal lighting will remain in place for the stations and adjacent facilities. Life safety lighting consisting of egress fixtures will be provided throughout the reconditioned stations and development areas. The life safety lighting will be powered from normal and emergency circuits.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake