adjective, fitter, fittest.
adapted or suited; appropriate:
This water isn’t fit for drinking. A long-necked giraffe is fit for browsing treetops.
proper or becoming:
qualified or competent, as for an office or function:
a fit candidate.
prepared or ready:
crops fit for gathering.
in good physical condition; in good health:
He’s fit for the race.
verb (used with object), fitted or fit, fitting.
to be adapted to or suitable for (a purpose, object, occasion, etc.).
to be proper or becoming for.
to be of the right size or shape for:
The dress fitted her perfectly.
to adjust or make conform:
to fit a ring to the finger.
to make qualified or competent:
qualities that fit one for leadership.
This school fits students for college.
to put with precise placement or adjustment:
He fitted the picture into the frame.
to provide; furnish; equip:
to fit a door with a new handle.
verb (used without object), fitted or fit, fitting.
to be suitable or proper.
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.
the manner in which a thing fits:
The fit was perfect.
something that fits:
The coat is a poor fit.
the process of fitting.
fit out/up, to furnish with supplies, equipment, clothing, furniture, or other requisites; supply; equip:
to fit out an expedition.
fit to be tied, Informal. extremely annoyed or angry:
He was fit to be tied when I told him I’d wrecked the car.
fit to kill, Informal. to the limit; exceedingly:
She was dressed up fit to kill.
a sudden, acute attack or manifestation of a disease, especially one marked by convulsions or unconsciousness:
a fit of epilepsy.
an onset, spell, or period of emotion, feeling, inclination, activity, etc.:
a fit of anger; a fit of weeping.
by / in fits and starts, at irregular intervals; intermittently:
This radio works by fits and starts.
throw a fit, to become extremely excited or angry:
Your father will throw a fit when he hears what you have done.
a song, ballad, or story.
a division of a song, ballad, or story.
verb, Nonstandard (chiefly Older Use) .
simple past tense of .
verb fits, fitting, fitted (US) fit
to be appropriate or suitable for (a situation, etc)
to be of the correct size or shape for (a connection, container, etc)
(transitive) to adjust in order to render appropriate: they had to fit the idea to their philosophy
(transitive) to supply with that which is needed
(transitive) to try clothes on (someone) in order to make adjustments if necessary
(transitive) to make competent or ready: the experience helped to fit him for the task
(transitive) to locate with care
(intransitive) to correspond with the facts or circumstances
adjective fitter, fittest
suitable to a purpose or design; appropriate
having the right qualifications; qualifying
in good health
worthy or deserving: a book fit to be read
(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
(mainly Brit, informal) (of a person) sexually attractive
the manner in which something fits
the act or process of fitting
(statistics) the correspondence between observed and predicted characteristics of a distribution or model See goodness of fit
(pathol) a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
a sudden spell of emotion: a fit of anger
an impulsive period of activity or lack of activity; mood: a fit of laziness
give a person a fit, to surprise a person in an outrageous manner
(informal) have a fit, throw a fit, to become very angry or excited
in fits and starts, by fits and starts, in spasmodic spells; irregularly
verb fits, fitting, fitted
(intransitive) (informal) to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
(archaic) a story or song or a section of a story or song
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 Old English fitt “a conflict, a struggle” (see fit (n.2)).
“paroxysm, sudden attack” (as of anger), 1540s, probably via Middle English sense of “painful, exciting experience” (early 14c.), from Old English fitt “conflict, struggle,” of uncertain origin, with no clear cognates outside English. Perhaps ultimately cognate with fit (n.1) on notion of “to meet.” Phrase by fits and starts first attested 1610s.
part of a poem, Old English fitt, of unknown origin.
“suited to the circumstances, proper,” mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English noun fit “an adversary of equal power” (mid-13c.), which is perhaps connected to fit (n.1). Related: Fitter; fittest. Survival of the fittest (1867) coined by H. Spencer.
“be suitable,” probably from early 15c.; “to be the right shape,” 1580s, from fit (adj.). Related: Fitted; fitting. Fitted sheets is attested from 1963.
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)
The devices used for injecting narcotics; drug paraphernalia; works
duck-fit, have a shit fit, throw a fit
[1950s+ Narcotics; probably a shortening of outfit]
Flexible Image Transport System. The standard data interchange and archive format of the astronomy community.
flexible image transport system
frequent international traveler
- Fits and starts
To do something in “fits and starts” is to do it intermittently or sporadically: “Martina has been working on her master’s thesis in fits and starts; she needs to work on it consistently.”
[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 […]
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- Fitted cap
noun any baseball cap that is not elasticized or adjustable at the back