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[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
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British Dictionary definitions for kitting

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
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Word Origin and History for kitting
kit
"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."
kit
"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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Slang definitions & phrases for kitting

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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Related Abbreviations for kitting

kit

kitchen
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Encyclopedia Article for kitting

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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