• 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

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