follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

fitting

[fit-ing] /ˈfɪt ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
suitable or appropriate; proper or becoming.
noun
2.
the act of a person or thing that fits.
3.
an act or instance of trying on clothes that are being made or altered to determine proper fit.
4.
anything provided as equipment, parts, supply, etc.
5.
Usually, fittings. furniture, fixtures, etc., as of a building or apartment.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; fit1 + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
fittingly, adverb
fittingness, noun
self-fitting, adjective
underfitting, noun
unfitting, adjective
unfittingly, adverb
well-fitting, adjective
Synonyms
1. fit, meet, right, decorous, seemly.

fit1

[fit] /fɪt/
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.
  1. being adapted to the prevailing conditions and producing offspring that survive to reproductive age.
  2. contributing genetic information to the gene pool of the next generation.
  3. (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
Related forms
fittable, adjective
unfittable, adjective
Synonyms
1. suitable, apt, corresponding, meet, applicable, apropos. 2. fitting, befitting. 5. healthy, hale, hardy, strong, robust.
Usage note
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.

fit4

[fit] /fɪt/
verb, Nonstandard (chiefly Older Use) .
1.
simple past tense of fight.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for fitting
  • fitting, then, that one of his obsessions is biodiversity.
  • Somehow, it seemed a fitting end to the tale of one old tramp's perpetual circuit of the country.
  • Considering that beer's invention was probably related to bread making, it seems fitting to combine the two.
  • fitting it in is merely a matter of time management and getting one's priorities straight.
  • Their fears are nearly all about fitting in and they are no less real for being generally ill-founded.
  • But then there is the fitting of the gown, and the sweet release.
  • It seems a fitting next step to write about our promotion and tenure process.
  • But do not shirk the responsibility of fitting your paper within the time limits.
  • Poorly fitting shoes are a frequent cause of foot pain.
  • Most graduates take jobs fitting their qualifications, earn more than non-graduates, and thus tend to pay more in taxes.
British Dictionary definitions for fitting

fitting

/ˈfɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
appropriate or proper; suitable
noun
2.
an accessory or part an electrical fitting
3.
(pl) furnishings or accessories in a building
4.
work carried out by a fitter
5.
the act of trying on clothes so that they can be adjusted to fit
6.
(Brit) size in clothes or shoes a narrow fitting
Derived Forms
fittingly, adverb
fittingness, noun

fit1

/fɪt/
verb fits, fitting, fitted (US) 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.
(transitive) to adjust in order to render appropriate they had to fit the idea to their philosophy
4.
(transitive) to supply with that which is needed
5.
(transitive) to try clothes on (someone) in order to make adjustments if necessary
6.
(transitive) to make competent or ready the experience helped to fit him for the task
7.
(transitive) to locate with care
8.
(intransitive) to correspond with the facts or circumstances
adjective 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.
(mainly Brit, informal) (of a person) sexually attractive
noun
15.
the manner in which something fits
16.
the act or process of fitting
17.
(statistics) the correspondence between observed and predicted characteristics of a distribution or model See goodness of fit
See also fit in, fit out, fit up
Derived Forms
fittable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: probably from Middle Dutch vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit

fit2

/fɪt/
noun
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
verb fits, fitting, fitted
7.
(intransitive) (informal) to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
Word Origin
Old English fitt conflict; see fit³

fit3

/fɪt/
noun
1.
(archaic) a story or song or a section of a story or song
Word Origin
Old English fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for fitting
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
fitting in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for fitting

fit

noun

The devices used for injecting narcotics; drug paraphernalia; works

Related Terms

duck-fit, have a shit fit, throw a fit

[1950s+ Narcotics; probably a shortening of outfit]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for fitting

FIT

frequent international traveler
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with fitting
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for fitting

fit

in literature, a division of a poem or song, a canto, or a similar division. The word, which is archaic, is of Old English date and has an exact correspondent in Old Saxon fittea, an example of which occurs in the Latin preface of the Heliand. It probably represents figurative use of a common Germanic noun referring to the unraveled edge of a fabric. Lewis Carroll revived this archaic poetic division (perhaps to lend gravity) in the composition of his 132-verse nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876), beginning with "Fit the First: The Landing" and ending with "Fit the Eighth: The Vanishing."

Learn more about fit with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for fitting

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fitting

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with fitting