Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A seizure or convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy.
  • noun The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.
  • noun A sudden outburst of emotion.
  • noun A sudden period of vigorous activity.
  • idiom (by/in) With irregular intervals of action and inaction; intermittently.
  • noun A section of a poem or ballad.
  • intransitive verb To be the proper size and shape for.
  • intransitive verb To cause to be the proper size and shape.
  • intransitive verb To measure for proper size.
  • intransitive verb To be appropriate to; suit.
  • intransitive verb To be in conformity or agreement with.
  • intransitive verb To make suitable; adapt: synonym: adapt.
  • intransitive verb To make ready; prepare.
  • intransitive verb To equip; outfit.
  • intransitive verb To provide a place or time for.
  • intransitive verb To insert or adjust so as to be properly in place.
  • intransitive verb To be the proper size and shape.
  • intransitive verb To be suited; belong.
  • intransitive verb To be in harmony; agree.
  • adjective Suited, adapted, or acceptable for a given circumstance or purpose.
  • adjective Appropriate; proper.
  • adjective Physically sound; healthy.
  • adjective Biology Able to survive and produce viable offspring in a particular environment
  • noun The state, quality, or way of being fitted.
  • noun The manner in which clothing fits.
  • noun 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) To an extreme or elaborate degree.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A foot; a step.
  • noun A song, ballad, or story; a division of a song, ballad, or story.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A fitting out; preparation: as, a good fit for college.
  • noun The part of a car-axle upon which the wheel is forced.
  • noun One's equal, like. or match.
  • noun [⟨ 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.
  • noun 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.
  • To force or wrench, as by a fit or convulsion.
  • noun A struggle; a short period of active physical exertion.
  • noun An attack of convulsive disease; a muscular convulsion, often with loss of self-control and consciousness; spasm; specifically, an epileptic attack.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.”
  • noun 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.
  • noun A caprice; capricious or irregular action or movement.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, hardship, probably from Old English fitt, struggle.]

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

[Middle English, from Old English.]

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

[Middle English fitten, to be suitable, marshal troops.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown, possibly from Old English fitt ("conflict").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possibly from the Middle English fit ("an adversary of equal power").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown, possibly from Old English fitt ("song"), or, from the sense of fitted to length.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the adjective fit ("suitable").

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

  • 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

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  • Contronymic in the sense: accord vs. discord.

    January 27, 2007

  • 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

  • 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

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

    January 16, 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

  • 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