1. something securely, and usually permanently, attached or appended, as to a house, apartment building, etc.: a light fixture; kitchen fixtures.
  2. a person or thing long established in the same place or position.
  3. Machinery.
    1. any of various devices for holding work in a machine tool, especially one for machining in a straight line, as in a planer or milling machine.
    2. any of various devices for holding parts in certain positions during welding, assembly, etc.
  4. Law. a movable chattel, as a machine or heating plant, that, by reason of annexation to real property and adaptation to continuing use in connection with the realty, is considered a part of the realty.
  5. Fox Hunting. one of a series of meets scheduled by a hunt to take place at a time and location listed on a card (fixture card) that is sent, usually once a month, to each member of a hunt.
  6. the act of fixing.
  7. British. an event that takes place regularly.


  1. an object firmly fixed in place, esp a household appliance
  2. a person or thing regarded as fixed in a particular place or position
  3. property law an article attached to land and regarded as part of it
  4. a device to secure a workpiece in a machine tool
  5. mainly British
    1. a sports match or social occasion
    2. the date of such an event
  6. rare the act of fixing

1590s, “act of fixing,” perhaps from fix (v.) on model of mixture. Meaning “anything fixed or securely fastened” is from 1812.

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