1. Something securely fixed in place.
2. Something attached as a permanent appendage, apparatus, or appliance: plumbing fixtures.
3. Law An item of personal property that is physically attached to a property and becomes part of it, as a machine that is installed.
4. One that is invariably present in and long associated with a place: a journalist who became a Washington fixture.
a. The act or process of fixing.
b. The condition of being fixed.
[Variant of obsolete fixure, from Late Latin fīxūra, from Latin fīxus, fixed; see FIX.]
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