fit

1 [fit]
adjective, fitter, fittest.
1.
adapted or suited; appropriate: This water isn't fit for drinking. A long-necked giraffe is fit for browsing treetops.
2.
proper or becoming: fit behavior.
3.
qualified or competent, as for an office or function: a fit candidate.
4.
prepared or ready: crops fit for gathering.
5.
in good physical condition; in good health: He's fit for the race.
6.
Biology.
a.
being adapted to the prevailing conditions and producing offspring that survive to reproductive age.
b.
contributing genetic information to the gene pool of the next generation.
c.
(of a population) maintaining or increasing the group's numbers in the environment.
verb (used with object), fitted or fit, fitting.
7.
to be adapted to or suitable for (a purpose, object, occasion, etc.).
8.
to be proper or becoming for.
9.
to be of the right size or shape for: The dress fitted her perfectly.
10.
to adjust or make conform: to fit a ring to the finger.
11.
to make qualified or competent: qualities that fit one for leadership.
12.
to prepare: This school fits students for college.
13.
to put with precise placement or adjustment: He fitted the picture into the frame.
14.
to provide; furnish; equip: to fit a door with a new handle.
verb (used without object), fitted or fit, fitting.
15.
to be suitable or proper.
16.
to be of the right size or shape, as a garment for the wearer or any object or part for a thing to which it is applied: The shoes fit.
noun
17.
the manner in which a thing fits: The fit was perfect.
18.
something that fits: The coat is a poor fit.
19.
the process of fitting.
Verb phrases
20.
fit out/up, to furnish with supplies, equipment, clothing, furniture, or other requisites; supply; equip: to fit out an expedition.
Idioms
21.
fit to be tied, Informal. extremely annoyed or angry: He was fit to be tied when I told him I'd wrecked the car.
22.
fit to kill, Informal. to the limit; exceedingly: She was dressed up fit to kill.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English fitten; akin to Middle Dutch vitten to befit

fittable, adjective
unfittable, adjective


1. suitable, apt, corresponding, meet, applicable, apropos. 2. fitting, befitting. 5. healthy, hale, hardy, strong, robust.


Both fit and fitted are standard as past tense and past participle of fit1: The new door fit (or fitted) the old frame perfectly. The suit had fitted (or fit) well last year. Fitted is somewhat more common than fit in the sense “to adjust, make conform”: The tailor fitted the suit with a minimum of fuss. In the passive voice, fitted is the more common past participle: The door was fitted with a new handle.
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fit1 (fɪt)
 
vb , (US) fits, fitting, fitted, fit
1.  to be appropriate or suitable for (a situation, etc)
2.  to be of the correct size or shape for (a connection, container, etc)
3.  (tr) to adjust in order to render appropriate: they had to fit the idea to their philosophy
4.  (tr) to supply with that which is needed
5.  (tr) to try clothes on (someone) in order to make adjustments if necessary
6.  (tr) to make competent or ready: the experience helped to fit him for the task
7.  (tr) to locate with care
8.  (intr) to correspond with the facts or circumstances
 
adj , fits, fitting, fitted, fit, fitter, fittest
9.  suitable to a purpose or design; appropriate
10.  having the right qualifications; qualifying
11.  in good health
12.  worthy or deserving: a book fit to be read
13.  (foll by an infinitive) in such an extreme condition that a specified consequence is likely: she was fit to scream; you look fit to drop
14.  informal chiefly (Brit) (of a person) sexually attractive
 
n
15.  the manner in which something fits
16.  the act or process of fitting
17.  statistics See goodness of fit the correspondence between observed and predicted characteristics of a distribution or model
 
[C14: probably from Middle Dutch vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit]
 
'fittable1
 
adj

fit2 (fɪt)
 
n
1.  pathol a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
2.  a sudden spell of emotion: a fit of anger
3.  an impulsive period of activity or lack of activity; mood: a fit of laziness
4.  give a person a fit to surprise a person in an outrageous manner
5.  informal have a fit, throw a fit to become very angry or excited
6.  in fits and starts, by fits and starts in spasmodic spells; irregularly
 
vb , fits, fitting, fitted
7.  informal (intr) to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
 
[Old English fitt conflict; see fit³]

fit3 (fɪt)
 
n
archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song
 
[Old English fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn]

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fit
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 O.E. fitt "a conflict, a struggle" (see fit (n.2)). The verb meaning "be suitable" is probably from early 15c. and
likely from the adjective. Related: Fitted; fitting.

fit
"paroxysm, sudden attack" (as of anger), 1540s, probably via M.E. sense of "painful, exciting experience," from O.E. fitt "conflict, struggle," of uncertain origin, with no clear cognates outside English. Phrase by fits and starts first attested 1610s.

fit
"suited to the circumstances, proper," mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps from M.E. noun fit "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), which is perhaps connected to fit (n.1). The verb meaning "to be the right shape" is first attested 1580s. Survival of the fittest (1867) coined by H. Spencer.
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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)
n.

  1. A seizure or a convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy.

  2. The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
FIT
frequent international traveler
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Thus, they emulate reproduction and survival of the fittest.
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