Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be the proper size and shape for: These shoes fit me.
  • transitive v. To cause to be the proper size and shape: The tailor fitted the trousers by shortening them.
  • transitive v. To measure for proper size: She fitted me for a new jacket.
  • transitive v. To be appropriate to; suit: music that fits your mood.
  • transitive v. To be in conformity or agreement with: observations that fit the theory nicely.
  • transitive v. To make suitable; adapt: fitted the shelves for large books. See Synonyms at adapt.
  • transitive v. To make ready; prepare: Specialized training fitted her for the job.
  • transitive v. To equip; outfit: fit out a ship.
  • transitive v. To provide a place or time for: You can't fit any more toys in the box. The doctor can fit you in today.
  • transitive v. To insert or adjust so as to be properly in place: fit a handle on a door.
  • intransitive v. To be the proper size and shape.
  • intransitive v. To be suited; belong: doesn't fit in with these people.
  • intransitive v. To be in harmony; agree: His good mood fit in with the joyful occasion.
  • adj. Suited, adapted, or acceptable for a given circumstance or purpose: not a fit time for flippancy.
  • adj. Appropriate; proper: Do as you see fit.
  • adj. Physically sound; healthy: keeps fit with diet and exercise.
  • adj. Biology Successfully adapted to survive and produce viable offspring in a particular environment.
  • n. The state, quality, or way of being fitted: the proper fit of means to ends.
  • n. The manner in which clothing fits: a jacket with a tight fit.
  • n. The degree of precision with which surfaces are adjusted or adapted to each other in a machine or collection of parts.
  • idiom fit to be tied Roused to great anger or indignation; outraged.
  • idiom fit to kill Slang To an extreme or elaborate degree: dressed up fit to kill.
  • n. Medicine A seizure or convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy.
  • n. Medicine The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.
  • n. A sudden outburst of emotion: a fit of jealousy.
  • n. A sudden period of vigorous activity.
  • idiom by With irregular intervals of action and inaction; intermittently.
  • n. Archaic A section of a poem or ballad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suitable, proper.
  • adj. Adapted to a purpose or environment.
  • adj. In good shape; physically well.
  • adj. Good looking, fanciable, attractive, beautiful.
  • v. To be suitable for.
  • v. To conform to in size and shape.
  • v. To make conform in size and shape.
  • v. To be in agreement with.
  • v. To adjust.
  • v. To attach, especially when requiring exact positioning or sizing.
  • v. To equip or supply.
  • v. To make ready.
  • v. To be seemly.
  • v. To be of the right size and shape, as of clothing.
  • v. To be in harmony.
  • n. The degree to which something fits.
  • n. Conformity of elements one to another.
  • n. how well a particular commercial execution captures the character or values of a brand.
  • n. goodness of fit.
  • n. A section of a poem or ballad.
  • n. A seizure or convulsion.
  • n. A sudden and vigorous appearance of a symptom over a short period of time.
  • n. A sudden outburst of emotion.
  • n. A sudden burst (of an activity).
  • v. To suffer a fit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of fight.
  • adj. Adapted to an end, object, or design; suitable by nature or by art; suited by character, qualitties, circumstances, education, etc.; qualified; competent; worthy.
  • adj. Prepared; ready.
  • adj. Conformed to a standart of duty, properiety, or taste; convenient; meet; becoming; proper.
  • n. In Old English, a song; a strain; a canto or portion of a ballad; a passus.
  • n. The quality of being fit; adjustment; adaptedness; as of dress to the person of the wearer.
  • n.
  • n. The coincidence of parts that come in contact.
  • n. The part of an object upon which anything fits tightly.
  • n. A stroke or blow.
  • n. A sudden and violent attack of a disorder; a stroke of disease, as of epilepsy or apoplexy, which produces convulsions or unconsciousness; a convulsion; a paroxysm; hence, a period of exacerbation of a disease; in general, an attack of disease.
  • n. A mood of any kind which masters or possesses one for a time; a temporary, absorbing affection; a paroxysm.
  • n. A passing humor; a caprice; a sudden and unusual effort, activity, or motion, followed by relaxation or inaction; an impulsive and irregular action.
  • n. A darting point; a sudden emission.
  • intransitive v. To be proper or becoming.
  • intransitive v. To be adjusted to a particular shape or size; to suit; to be adapted.
  • transitive v. To make fit or suitable; to adapt to the purpose intended; to qualify; to put into a condition of readiness or preparation.
  • transitive v. To bring to a required form and size; to shape aright; to adapt to a model; to adjust; -- said especially of the work of a carpenter, machinist, tailor, etc.
  • transitive v. To supply with something that is suitable or fit, or that is shaped and adjusted to the use required.
  • transitive v. To be suitable to; to answer the requirements of; to be correctly shaped and adjusted to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To force or wrench, as by a fit or convulsion.
  • Meet; suitable; befitting; becoming; conformable to a standard of right, duty, or appropriateness; proper; appropriate.
  • Adapted to an end, object, or design; conformable to a standard of efficiency or qualification; suitable; competent.
  • In a state of preparedness; in a suitable condition; ready; prepared: as, fit to die.
  • Specifically, in sporting language, in condition; properly trained for action: as, the horse was not fit, and lost the race; hence, colloquially, in good health.
  • Expedient, congruous, correspondent, convenient, apposite, adequate. Apt, Fit. See a pt.
  • n. A fitting or adjustment; adaptation, as of one thing to another; something that fits or is fitted: as. the fit of a garment, or of the parts of a machine; the coat is an exact fit.
  • n. A fitting out; preparation: as, a good fit for college.
  • n. The part of a car-axle upon which the wheel is forced.
  • n. One's equal, like. or match.
  • n. [⟨ fit, verb] In soap-making, the liquid soap, before it is allowed to cool and harden, in the finishing stage of the manufacture of yellow soap. See fitting, n., 2.
  • To make fit or suitable; adapt; bring into a corresponding form or a conformable condition: as, to fit a coat or gown to the figure; to fit a key to a lock; to fit the mind to one's circumstances.
  • To accommodate with anything suitable; furnish with what is fit or appropriate as to size, shape, etc.: as, to fit one with a coat or a pair of shoes.
  • To prepare; furnish with what is proper or necessary; equip; make ready; qualify: as, to fit a ship for a long voyage; to fit one's self for a journey; to fit a student for college.
  • To be properly adjusted or adapted to; be suitable for as to size, form, character, qualification, etc.; suit: as, the coat exactly fits you; he fits his place well.
  • To be proper for; be in keeping with; become; befit.
  • Synonyms To adjust.
  • To equip, provide.
  • To be fit, suitable, becoming, seemly, or proper.
  • To be properly adjusted; be adapted or made suitable.
  • To kick.
  • To tread.
  • To kick.
  • Great; long: as, a fit time; a fit deal of trouble.
  • A dialectal preterit and past participle of fight.
  • n. A struggle; a short period of active physical exertion.
  • n. An attack of convulsive disease; a muscular convulsion, often with loss of self-control and consciousness; spasm; specifically, an epileptic attack.
  • n. The invasion, exacerbation, or paroxysm of disease, or of any physical disturbance, coming suddenly or by abrupt transition: as, a fit of the gout; a fit of colic, of coughing, or of sneezing; a cold or a hot fit in intermittent fever.
  • n. A more or less sudden and transient manifestation of emotion or feeling of any kind, as of passion (anger), grief, laughter, laziness, etc.; usually, a manifestation of violent emotion; a paroxysm; a “spell.”
  • n. A sudden impulse toward effort, activity, or motion, followed by an interval of relaxation; impulsive and intermittent action: as, he will do it now that the fit is on him; to have a fit of work.
  • n. A caprice; capricious or irregular action or movement.
  • n. A stroke.
  • n. A song, ballad, or story; a division of a song, ballad, or story.
  • n. A foot; a step.
  • n. In optics, a periodic phase through which Newton, in his emission theory of light, assumed the luminous corpuscles to pass, and which enabled them to be alternately reflected or transmitted at the surface of a refracting medium. This assumption formed the basis of the so-called theory of fits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be agreeable or acceptable to
  • n. a display of bad temper
  • v. make fit
  • v. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  • v. make correspond or harmonize
  • n. a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
  • n. the manner in which something fits
  • adj. (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed
  • adj. physically and mentally sound or healthy
  • n. a sudden uncontrollable attack
  • adj. meeting adequate standards for a purpose
  • v. provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  • v. satisfy a condition or restriction
  • v. be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired
  • v. insert or adjust several objects or people
  • v. conform to some shape or size

Etymologies

Middle English fitten, to be suitable, marshal troops.
Middle English, hardship, probably from Old English fitt, struggle.
Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly from the Middle English fit ("an adversary of equal power"). (Wiktionary)
From the adjective fit ("suitable"). (Wiktionary)
Unknown, possibly from Old English fitt ("song"), or, from the sense of fitted to length. (Wiktionary)
Unknown, possibly from Old English fitt ("conflict"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Likewise has been accepted its law of development: _That_, _in the struggle for existence_, _the strong and fit and the progeny of the strong and fit have a better opportunity for survival than the weak and less fit and the progeny of the weak and less fit_.

    War of the Classes

  • Cathari ought not to be put to death after an ecclesiastical trial, lest the Church be compromised: "_Illud ab eo fit, cujus auctoritate fit_," he said, to justify his recommendation. [

    The Inquisition A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church

  • Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal took a closer look at recent seasons when the Giants were said to have "collapsed" and determined that the label fit only for 2010 and 2006.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Now everything I had left to my name fit neatly into two weathered brown suitcases, which I had to borrow, no less, from a friend across the hall, because the thieves had efficiently used my own suitcases to haul away my things.

    Powdered Sugar on Bare Skin

  • The nickname fit better than the kids, or Luke himself, could know.

    Yellow Dirt

  • Puts new meaning into the term fit for office -- Suzanne?

    CNN Transcript Dec 29, 2008

  • I'm too shabby, puts new meaning into the term fit for office.

    CNN Transcript Dec 29, 2008

  • And also if it's bible related wouldn't the title fit more of a Revelations ordeal?

    Monstrous Poster - High Res

  • Tr'Annhwi was standing in the doorway wearing an expression fit to curdle milk, and the tall shape of Commander t'Radaik was right beside him.

    The Romulan Way

  • The title fit the proud man with the work-hardened hands.

    A Man Called Jesse

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  • Obsolete term for a canto or division of a long poem. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the famous 14th century English poem, is divided into 4 fits.

    September 19, 2009

  • Definition 28 (noun Archaic A section of a poem or ballad.) is not really archaic having been still familiar from Lewis Carrol 'Hunting of the Snark' and rejuvenated for many by Douglas Adams 'Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy'.

    September 19, 2009

  • Funny. That's pretty much how I respond when someone wants me to buy aerobic fitness materials. ;-)

    January 16, 2009

  • The Scottish folk group Old Blind Dogs come from the North East of Scotland. They have a CD entitled "Fit?", which in Doric would mean "What?" (perhaps an exasperated "What?"). When I was viewing the Amazon page for "Fit?" once they were also trying to sell me aerobic fitness dvds, leotards, books on fitness etc. Most amusing.

    January 16, 2009

  • In Doric fit means "what". It can also mean foot (Scots), and by extension shoe. And it can have its usual meaning in English. Therefore it is perfectly feasible that you may hear the following sentence uttered (and understood) in a shoe shop in the Aberdeenshire area:

    Fit fit fits fit fit?

    January 15, 2009

  • Contronymic in the sense: accord vs. discord.

    January 27, 2007