Having learnt to speak il Tedesco, and being no longer able to fit out a vessel, I made my venture beyond the Alps; but, alas!
We may fit out an expensive expedition and end up in failure.
“You might fit out a ship or two and try exploring round the South Pole,” Bob said.
Each governor was to fit out his expedition at his own charges.
He was too poor to fit out an expedition himself, and the kings and rulers to whom he applied for help laughed him to scorn.
He himself was empowered to procure and fit out a third vessel.
Men were ready to be enlisted, but the arms and equipments had nearly all been required to fit out the first levies.
There is a ship to buy and fit out, and officers to get, and a crew.
All the men are out in cruisers, notwithstanding his excellency's order to fit out their vessels to meet the enemy's fleet.
“I could find out all about that at the port where we fit out,” Will Martyn said.
1823, "the fitting of one thing to another," later (1831) "the way something fits." Originally "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), obscure, possibly from Old English fitt "a conflict, a struggle" (see fit (n.2)).
"paroxysm, sudden attack" (as of anger), 1540s, probably via Middle English sense of "painful, exciting experience" (early 14c.), from Old English fitt "conflict, struggle," of uncertain origin, with no clear cognates outside English. Perhaps ultimately cognate with fit (n.1) on notion of "to meet." Phrase by fits and starts first attested 1610s.
part of a poem, Old English fitt, of unknown origin.
"suited to the circumstances, proper," mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English noun fit "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), which is perhaps connected to fit (n.1). Related: Fitter; fittest. Survival of the fittest (1867) coined by H. Spencer.
"be suitable," probably from early 15c.; "to be the right shape," 1580s, from fit (adj.). Related: Fitted; fitting. Fitted sheets is attested from 1963.
fit 1 (fĭt)
v. fit·ted or fit, fit·ted, fit·ting, fits
To be the proper size and shape. adj. fit·ter, fit·test
Physically sound; healthy. n.
The degree of precision with which surfaces are adjusted or adapted to each other in a machine, device, or collection of parts.
fit 2 (fĭt)
A seizure or a convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy.
The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.