Definition of fixture in US English:



  • 1A piece of equipment or furniture which is fixed in position in a building or vehicle.

    ‘a light fixture’
    • ‘My home-based design business sells store fixtures and related equipment to the retailers we work with.’
    • ‘Images of furniture, fixtures, and decorations were fired at me one after another, without really giving me time to appreciate anything.’
    • ‘There are materials right from paints, door handles, PVC doors, kitchen tiles and electrical fixtures that team up to make a graceful home.’
    • ‘The spa's assets include about $75,000 worth of furniture, fixtures, and equipment.’
    • ‘Most of the antique fixtures - including light fittings, window and door frames - went missing.’
    • ‘He says home renovations are one of the strongest sectors in the economy and people are buying new floor coverings, kitchen cabinets and light fixtures.’
    • ‘Furniture-mounted uprights or fixtures built into hard partitions or casework are other possibilities.’
    • ‘Cathedral ceilings, antique light fixtures and furniture that looked as though it had come straight from the twenties.’
    • ‘There's still floor covering, lighting fixtures, and furniture to arrive.’
    • ‘The elongated light fixtures neatly built into the ceiling illuminated the corridors providing vision for the patrolling guard units.’
    • ‘The not-so-simple situation is where your wall switch controls a light fixture.’
    • ‘During assembly, the glass is first positioned in a fixture with several sensors around the sunroof.’
    • ‘I quickly discovered that a piebald pigeon has taken up residence atop the light fixture on the balcony.’
    • ‘Kitchen cabinets, light fixtures and switches had been removed and thrown on the floor, and a window had been knocked out.’
    • ‘The list of items bought included lawn equipment, bathroom fixtures, hardware and even a refrigerator.’
    • ‘Insert the electrical cable into the fixture's junction box and fasten it with a cable clamp.’
    • ‘Other products include lighting fixtures and wall panels.’
    • ‘Remove the plumbing fixtures, faucet, handles, shower diverter, drain lever, and water valves.’
    • ‘There was a ceiling fan and light fixture, along with a tall floor lamp next to each bunk bed.’
    • ‘Hunting trophies line the walls and cartwheel light fixtures hang from the ceiling, illuminating the tables and paved stone floor.’
    fixed appliance, attachment, installation, unit
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    1. 1.1fixtures Articles attached to a house or land and considered legally part of it so that they normally remain in place when an owner moves.
      ‘the hotel retains many original fixtures and fittings’
      Compare with fitting (sense 1 of the noun)
      • ‘The new tenant will be expected to provide the fixtures and fittings inside the unit.’
      • ‘Workmen are removing the remaining fixtures and fittings before bulldozers move in for the 30-week demolition job.’
      • ‘‘It's very important for buyers to be aware of the distinction between fixtures and fittings,’ said Tyrell.’
      • ‘Investors also qualify for a tax allowance in respect of fixtures and fittings.’
      • ‘You might even be tempted to over-value these fixtures and fittings to ensure that your stamp duty bill would only be £2,499.’
      • ‘Measuring a spacious 2,300 sq ft the house has been finished to a very high standard, with all quality fixtures and fittings.’
      • ‘Pre-nuptials, which are often associated with Hollywood couples, generally deal with property, fixtures and fittings.’
      • ‘Steel beams may be more usefully considered as part of the construction industry while nuts and bolts may be more usefully seen as part of a fixtures and fittings industry.’
      • ‘They barricaded themselves into one area in the landing on the wing causing damage to fixtures and fittings.’
      • ‘Claire's troubles began long before she got to the point of hiring tradesmen, let alone sourcing suitable fixtures and fittings.’
      • ‘For several weeks the new centre has become a hive of activity as community volunteers put up the fixtures and fittings in time for the big move.’
      • ‘Some of the loopholes, whereby sellers and buyers have agreed to avoid paying stamp duty by inflating the values of fixtures and fittings, will be closed.’
      • ‘The property is being sold inclusive of fixtures and fittings by the current owners.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, fixtures and fittings account for a high cost percentage in the bathroom.’
      • ‘It was going to be a massive job to bring it down and put it back up again, so we had the idea of changing the fixtures and fittings.’
      • ‘If the house you are buying is on the threshold of stamp duty, make an offer excluding fixtures and fittings to keep the price below the threshold, and make a separate offer for these.’
      • ‘She said a standard document should have been signed stating which fixtures and fittings would be left.’
      • ‘Small recessed ceiling fixtures provide additional illumination around the dining room.’
      • ‘Until today it was possible to reduce stamp duty costs on house purchases by paying more for fixtures and fittings and a little less for the property.’
      • ‘The house has been featured in a number of style and interiors magazines, which is hardly surprising when you consider the quality of the fixtures and fittings.’
    2. 1.2informal A person or thing that is established in a particular place or situation.
      ‘palm readers were a fixture in most '40s nightclubs’
      • ‘My derelict caravan was a permanent fixture in their boggy field.’
      • ‘Russell should be a permanent fixture in the top 25 of the Order of Merit, but he is treading water.’
      • ‘Basil's percussion playing is almost a permanent fixture in the mall and he sticks to his task of earning an honest dollar with zeal.’
      • ‘We have established ourselves as a fixture in the world of women's basketball.’
      • ‘A bronze statue slightly taller than the man himself has now been unveiled, and will stand as a permanent fixture in Epworth.’
      • ‘It is part of our national heritage and is a permanent fixture in our lives and that is not going to change anytime soon.’
      • ‘That was because she didn't want him to get to close, and wanted to remind herself that he was not a permanent fixture in her life.’
      • ‘It looks like the web and SMS are now a permanent fixture in the election media mix.’
      • ‘He didn't foresee, though, that the farce would become a permanent fixture in our cultural life.’
      • ‘A permanent fixture in his life for decades, Gerald, now 74, has been building sheds since he was a child.’
      • ‘All the components of one of the best gardening gifts I have ever received are now a permanent fixture in my household.’
      • ‘Foreign tourists are now almost a permanent fixture in front of the Secretariat gates.’
      • ‘She was his world and he was going to make her a permanent fixture in his life.’
      • ‘Now, although he is horrified of the sight of this jar, I'm betting that it becomes a permanent fixture in the house.’
      • ‘Should he continue in this fashion then he will become a permanent fixture in the South African team.’
      • ‘The image of them, seemed like it was a permanent fixture in my brain.’
      • ‘The match was postponed in February, but it is hoped the fixture will go on to become a permanent fixture in the local footballing calendar for years to come.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes is a permanent fixture in popular culture, and he is particularly in fashion at the moment.’
      • ‘I'll know the outcome in a few weeks time as to whether I'm a permanent fixture in the office or not.’
      • ‘A permanent fixture in the right back role, Fleming had a deserved testimonial awarded by his club at the start of this season.’
  • 2British A sports event that takes place on a particular date.

    • ‘And he wants the Nationwide League to follow suit, even though clubs outside the top flight have a busier fixture list.’
    • ‘The midweek snow had a devastating effect on the fixture list.’
    • ‘July 16 was one of the first dates he circled on his calendar when this season's fixture list came out.’
    • ‘He described the victory in the opening fixture of the group stage as a stepping stone for the season.’
    • ‘If those clubs are out of Europe by then it would be no surprise to see a hastily arranged tour of the Far East after Christmas to fill in the gaps in the fixture list.’
    • ‘Still, look a little further down the fixture list and one or two tricky tasks spring forth.’
    • ‘He bemoaned the way the 2003 fixtures had been arranged with the big clubs playing each other in the first five weeks, saying it would take away the mid-season excitement.’
    • ‘I congratulate you on your excellent coverage of not only national events but also international fixtures such as F - 1 racing.’
    • ‘I wanted them to take an overall look at the fixture list and make some changes to help us.’
    • ‘Why not arrange the fixture for a Wednesday at 7.30 pm and give everyone decent notice.’
    • ‘They have scored four times in their three friendly fixtures.’
    • ‘Premiership footballers complain of fatigue as early as October with their crammed fixture lists.’
    • ‘He wrote to the leading clubs of the time putting forward a proposal that they should combine to arrange home and away fixtures each season - and thus the seeds of The Football League were sown.’
    • ‘Looking at the remaining fixture list, I've come up with a blueprint for survival and worked out where the points are going to come from.’
    • ‘The dates for the said fixtures will be arranged for the end of June or early July.’
    • ‘It's another huge week of fixtures in the Championship.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the number of international matches and Cup game fixtures had delayed the close of this year's league season.’
    • ‘The fixture list of dates and times is posted in the clubhouse.’
    • ‘His extra fitness will help him cope with the demands of the nearest rugby league gets to a fixture pile-up as they play twice more this week.’
    • ‘I cannot take the risk of relying on a player who has not displayed anything essential during the pre-season fixtures and the championship games in his club.’
    match, race, game, competition, contest, meet, meeting, encounter, sporting event
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘fixing, becoming fixed’): alteration (first found in Shakespeare) of obsolete fixure (from late Latin fixura, from Latin figere ‘to fix’), with t inserted on the pattern of mixture.