- The acquisition of territory by a nation, state, or municipal corporation; the fastening or affixing of one thing to another, the legal significance being primarily concerned with the law of fixtures. 22 Am J2d Fixt § 4. In order to constitute a thing a fixture, there must be actual or constructive annexation, to the freehold, that is, the land, but regard must also be had to the object, the effect, and the mode of annexation; physical annexation is not alone sufficient. The extent and mode of actual annexation no longer carries much weight except insofar as they relate to the nature of the article itself, the use to which the article is applied, and other attending circumstances as indicating the intention of the party making the annexation, for which latter purpose the mode of annexation is an important factor for consideration. The fact that chattels may be removed and sold for other uses, or that they were not made for special adaptation to the building in which they are placed, is not conclusive of the question whether they have become fixtures; nor is the fact that they can be removed without injury to themselves or to the freehold conclusive of the question. 22 Am J2d Fixt § 4. See consolidation; constructive annexation, fixture.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.