1 [kit]
a set or collection of tools, supplies, instructional matter, etc., for a specific purpose: a first-aid kit; a sales kit.
the case for containing these.
such a case and its contents.
a set of materials or parts from which something can be assembled: a model car made from a kit.
Informal. a set, lot, or collection of things or persons.
a wooden tub, pail, etc., usually circular.
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.
to package or make available in a kit: a new model airplane that has just been kitted for the hobbyist.
Chiefly British. to outfit or equip (often followed by out or up ).
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.

1325–75; Middle English kyt, kitt < Middle Dutch kitte jug, tankard Unabridged
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kit1 (kɪt)
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.  a.  a set of pieces of equipment ready to be assembled
 b.  (as modifier): kit furniture
4.  a.  clothing and other personal effects, esp those of a traveller or soldier: safari kit; battle kit
 b.  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
[C14: from Middle Dutch kitte tankard]

kit2 (kɪt)
a kind of small violin, now obsolete, used esp by dancing masters in the 17th--18th centuries
[C16: of unknown origin]

kit3 (kɪt)
1.  an informal or diminutive name for kitten
2.  a cub of various small mammals, such as the ferret or fox
[C16: by shortening]

kit4 (kɪt)
(NZ) a plaited flax basket
[from Māori kete]

abbreviation for
keep in touch

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Word Origin & History

"round wooden tub," 1275, probably from M.Du. kitte "jug, tankard, wooden container," of unknown origin. Meaning "collection of personal effects," especially for traveling (originally in ref. to a soldier), is from 1785; that of "outfit of tools for a workman" is from 1851. Kit and caboodle is 1861,
from boodle "lot, collection," perhaps from Du. boedel "property."

"small fiddle used by dancing teachers," 1519, probably a shortening of O.E. cythere, from L. cithara, from Gk. kithara (see guitar).
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Carson   (kär'sən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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