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

  • n. A set of articles or implements used for a specific purpose: a survival kit; a shaving kit.
  • n. A container for such a set.
  • n. A set of parts or materials to be assembled: a model airplane kit.
  • n. A packaged set of related materials: a sales kit.
  • n. A collection of clothing and other personal effects used for travel.
  • n. A container, such as a bag, valise, or knapsack, for storing or holding such a collection.
  • idiom the (whole) kit and caboodle Informal The entire collection or lot.
  • n. A kitten.
  • n. A young, often undersized fur-bearing animal.
  • n. A tiny, narrow violin used by dancing masters in the 17th and 18th centuries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A circular wooden vessel, made of hooped staves.
  • n. A kind of basket made from straw of rushes, especially for holding fish; by extension, the contents of such a basket, used as a measure of weight.
  • n. A collection of items forming the equipment of a soldier, carried in a knapsack.
  • n. Any collection of items needed for a specific purpose, especially for use by a workman, or personal effects packed for travelling.
  • n. A collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble.
  • n. Clothing.
  • n. A full software distribution, as opposed to a patch or upgrade.
  • v. To assemble or collect something into kits or sets or to give somebody a kit. See also kit out and other derived phrases.
  • adj. Something which came originally in kit form.
  • n. kitten
  • n. kit fox
  • n. a kit violin
  • n. a school of pigeons, especially domesticated, trained pigeons

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kitten.
  • n. A small violin.
  • n. A large bottle.
  • n. A wooden tub or pail, smaller at the top than at the bottom.
  • n. A straw or rush basket for fish; also, any kind of basket.
  • n. A box for working implements.
  • n. A collection of tools or other objects to be used for a specific purpose, often contained in a box which may be carried conveniently; a working outfit, as of a workman, a soldier, and the like.
  • n. A group of separate parts, things, or individuals; -- used with whole, and generally contemptuously.
  • transitive v. To cut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pack in kits for market: as, kitted mackerel, as distinguished from barreled mackerel.
  • n. A pail, small tub, box, or chest containing or for holding particular commodities or articles: as, a kit of mackerel; a kit of tools.
  • n. Hence An outfit of necessaries for a trade or occupation, or for some special purpose: as, a traveler's or an angler's kit. A mechanic's kit comprises the tools required for his work; a soldier's or sailor's kit, such personal necessaries as he has to provide at his own cost.
  • n. A basket; especially, a straw or rush basket.
  • n. In photography, a flat rectangular frame fitted into a plate-holder to enable it to carry a plate smaller than the size for which it is made.
  • n. A dialectal and Middle English variant, of cut.
  • n. A family; a brood.
  • n. A kitten.
  • n. A light woman.
  • n. A miniature violin, about sixteen inches long, having three strings. It was once much used by dancing-masters, because it was small enough to be carried iu the pocket, whence its French name pochette.
  • n. A kind of cement.
  • n. A fish, the smear-dab.
  • n. An English fanciers' term for a small flock of pigeons, particularly tumblers.
  • n. A bag or basket woven of native flax, used by the Maoris.

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

  • n. young of any of various fur-bearing animals
  • n. a case for containing a set of articles
  • v. supply with a set of articles or tools
  • n. gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose

Etymologies

Middle English kitte, wooden tub, probably from Middle Dutch.
Short for kitten.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
English from the 14th century, from a Dutch kitte, a wooden vessel made of hooped staves. Related to Dutch kit "tankard". The further etymology is unknown. (Wiktionary)
A short form of kitten. From the 16th century (spelled kytte, kitt). From the 19th century also extended to other young animals (mink, fox, muskrat, etc.), and to a small species of fox ("kit-fox"). (Wiktionary)
16th century, perhaps from cithara (Wiktionary)
ca. 1880, from German kitte, kütte. (Wiktionary)

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  • "kit" in Hungarian means: who(m)

    August 1, 2012

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    June 29, 2008