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kit1

[kit] /kɪt/
noun
1.
a set or collection of tools, supplies, instructional matter, etc., for a specific purpose:
a first-aid kit; a sales kit.
2.
the case for containing these.
3.
such a case and its contents.
4.
a set of materials or parts from which something can be assembled:
a model car made from a kit.
5.
Informal. a set, lot, or collection of things or persons.
6.
a wooden tub, pail, etc., usually circular.
7.
Chiefly British. a costume or outfit of clothing, especially for a specific purpose:
ski kit; dancing kit; battle kit.
verb (used with object), kitted, kitting.
8.
to package or make available in a kit:
a new model airplane that has just been kitted for the hobbyist.
9.
Chiefly British. to outfit or equip (often followed by out or up).
Idioms
10.
kit and caboodle / boodle, Informal. the whole lot of persons or things; all of something (often preceded by whole):
We took along the whole kit and caboodle in the station wagon.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English kyt, kitt < Middle Dutch kitte jug, tankard

kit2

[kit] /kɪt/
noun
1.
a violin or rebec small enough to be carried in the pocket, used by dancing masters in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Also called pochette, sourdine.
Origin
1510-20; origin uncertain

kit3

[kit] /kɪt/
noun
1.
2.
a young fox, beaver, or other small furbearing animal.
Origin
1555-65; shortened form

Kit

[kit] /kɪt/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Christopher.
2.
a female given name, form of Catherine or Katherine.

Carson

[kahr-suh n] /ˈkɑr sən/
noun
1.
Christopher ("Kit") 1809–68, U.S. frontiersman and scout.
2.
Sir Edward Henry (Baron Carson) 1854–1935, Irish public official.
3.
Johnny, 1925–2005, U.S. television entertainer.
4.
Rachel Louise, 1907–1964, U.S. marine biologist and author.
5.
a city in SW California.
6.
a river in N California and NW Nevada, flowing NE to the Carson Sink. 150 miles (241 km) long.
7.
a male or female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for kit

kit1

/kɪt/
noun
1.
a set of tools, supplies, construction materials, etc, for use together or for a purpose a first-aid kit, a model aircraft kit
2.
the case or container for such a set
3.
  1. a set of pieces of equipment ready to be assembled
  2. (as modifier) kit furniture
4.
  1. clothing and other personal effects, esp those of a traveller or soldier safari kit, battle kit
  2. (informal) clothing in general (esp in the phrase get one's kit off)
5.
(NZ) a flax basket
6.
(informal) the whole kit, the whole kit and caboodle, everything or everybody
See also kit out
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch kitte tankard

kit2

/kɪt/
noun
1.
a kind of small violin, now obsolete, used esp by dancing masters in the 17th–18th centuries
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

kit3

/kɪt/
noun
1.
an informal or diminutive name for kitten
2.
a cub of various small mammals, such as the ferret or fox
Word Origin
C16: by shortening

kit4

/kɪt/
noun
1.
(NZ) a plaited flax basket
Word Origin
from Māori kete

KIT

abbreviation
1.
keep in touch

Carson

/ˈkɑːsən/
noun
1.
Christopher, known as Kit Carson. 1809–68, US frontiersman, trapper, scout, and Indian agent
2.
Edward Henry, Baron. 1854–1935, Anglo-Irish politician and lawyer; led northern Irish resistance to the British government's plan for home rule for Ireland
3.
Rachel (Louise). 1907–64, US marine biologist and science writer; author of Silent Spring (1962)
4.
Willie, full name William Hunter Fisher Carson. born 1942, Scottish jockey: rode four winners in the Derby (1979, 1980, 1989, 1994)
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Word Origin and History for kit
n.

late 13c., "round wooden tub," perhaps from Middle Dutch kitte "jug, tankard, wooden container," of unknown origin. Meaning "collection of personal effects," especially for traveling (originally in reference to a soldier), is from 1785; that of "outfit of tools for a workman" is from 1851. Of drum sets, by 1929. Meaning "article to be assembled by the buyer" is from 1930s.

"small fiddle used by dancing teachers," 1510s, probably a shortening of Old English cythere, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara (see guitar).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kit in Science
Carson
  (kär'sən)   
American marine biologist and writer whose best-known book, Silent Spring (1962), was an influential study of the dangerous effects of synthetic pesticides on food chains. Public reaction to the book resulted in stricter controls on pesticide use and shaped the ideas of the modern environmental movement.
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Slang definitions & phrases for kit

kit

Related Terms

head kit


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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kit in Technology

jargon
(Usenet, possibly from DEC) Slang for a full software distribution, as opposed to a patch or upgrade. A source software distribution that has been packaged in such a way that it can (theoretically) be unpacked and installed according to a series of steps using only standard Unix tools, and entirely documented by some reasonable chain of references from the top-level README file. The more general term distribution may imply that special tools or more stringent conditions on the host environment are required.
[Jargon File]
(1994-11-18)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for kit

kit

kitchen
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Encyclopedia Article for kit

small fiddle with a muted tone, carried by dancing masters in their pockets in the 16th-18th century. A last descendant of the medieval rebec, the kit evolved as a narrow, boat-shaped instrument with usually three or four strings. Later, narrow, violin-shaped kits were also built. Dancing masters used it to play the dance melody and rhythm while teaching the steps.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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