• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fit physically and mentally sound or healthy "felt relaxed and fit after their holiday","keeps fit with diet and exercise"
    • adj fit meeting adequate standards for a purpose "a fit subject for discussion","it is fit and proper that you be there","water fit to drink","fit for duty","do as you see fit to"
    • adj fit (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed "in no fit state to continue","fit to drop","laughing fit to burst","she was fit to scream","primed for a fight","we are set to go at any time"
    • v fit insert or adjust several objects or people "Can you fit the toy into the box?","This man can't fit himself into our work environment"
    • v fit make fit "fit a dress","He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out"
    • v fit make correspond or harmonize "Match my sweater"
    • v fit provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose "The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"
    • v fit be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics "The two stories don't agree in many details","The handwriting checks with the signature on the check","The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
    • v fit be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired "This piece won't fit into the puzzle"
    • v fit satisfy a condition or restriction "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
    • v fit be agreeable or acceptable to "This suits my needs"
    • v fit conform to some shape or size "How does this shirt fit?"
    • n fit a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason) "a burst of applause","a fit of housecleaning"
    • n fit the manner in which something fits "I admired the fit of her coat"
    • n fit a sudden uncontrollable attack "a paroxysm of giggling","a fit of coughing","convulsions of laughter"
    • n fit a display of bad temper "he had a fit","she threw a tantrum","he made a scene"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A newborn kangaroo weighs approximately 0.03 ounces and is small enough to fit in a teaspoon
    • Fit imp. & p. p. of Fight.
    • Fit A darting point; a sudden emission. "A tongue of light, a fit of flame."
    • Fit A mood of any kind which masters or possesses one for a time; a temporary, absorbing affection; a paroxysm; as, a fit of melancholy, of passion, or of laughter. "All fits of pleasure we balanced by an equal degree of pain.""The English, however, were on this subject prone to fits of jealously."
    • Fit A passing humor; a caprice; a sudden and unusual effort, activity, or motion, followed by relaxation or inaction; an impulsive and irregular action. "The fits of the season."
    • Fit A stroke or blow. "Curse on that cross, quoth then the Sarazin,
      That keeps thy body from the bitter fit ."
    • Fit 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; as, a fit of sickness. "And when the fit was on him, I did mark
      How he did shake."
    • Fit Adapted to an end, object, or design; suitable by nature or by art; suited by character, qualitties, circumstances, education, etc.; qualified; competent; worthy. "That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in.""Fit audience find, though few."
    • Fit Conformed to a standart of duty, properiety, or taste; convenient; meet; becoming; proper. "Is it fit to say a king, Thou art wicked?"
    • n Fit In Old English, a song; a strain; a canto or portion of a ballad; a passus. "To play some pleasant fit ."
    • Fit Prepared; ready. "So fit to shoot, she singled forth among
      her foes who first her quarry's strength should feel."
    • Fit (Mach) The coincidence of parts that come in contact.
    • Fit (Mach) The part of an object upon which anything fits tightly.
    • Fit The quality of being fit; adjustment; adaptedness; as of dress to the person of the wearer.
    • Fit To be adjusted to a particular shape or size; to suit; to be adapted; as, his coat fits very well.
    • Fit To be proper or becoming. "Nor fits it to prolong the feast."
    • Fit To be suitable to; to answer the requirements of; to be correctly shaped and adjusted to; as, if the coat fits you, put it on. "That's a bountiful answer that fits all questions.""That time best fits the work."
    • Fit 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. "The carpenter . . . marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes."
    • Fit To make fit or suitable; to adapt to the purpose intended; to qualify; to put into a condition of readiness or preparation. "The time is fitted for the duty.""The very situation for which he was peculiarly fitted by nature."
    • Fit To supply with something that is suitable or fit, or that is shaped and adjusted to the use required. "No milliner can so fit his customers with gloves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: William Howard Taft had a bathtub that could hold four people installed in the white because he couldn't fit into the present one.
    • n fit A struggle; a short period of active physical exertion.
    • n fit An attack of convulsive disease; a muscular convulsion, often with loss of self-control and consciousness; spasm; specifically, an epileptic attack.
    • n fit 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 fit 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 fit 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. In the emission theory of light a fit is a period during which the matter of light is more or less easily transmitted. These fits were supposed by Newton to account for the phenomena now explained by the periods of undulation.
    • n fit A caprice; capricious or irregular action or movement.
    • n fit A stroke.
    • fit To force or wrench, as by a fit or convulsion.
    • fit Meet; suitable; befitting; becoming; conformable to a standard of right, duty, or appropriateness; proper; appropriate.
    • fit Adapted to an end, object, or design; conformable to a standard of efficiency or qualification; suitable; competent.
    • fit In a state of preparedness; in a suitable condition; ready; prepared: as, fit to die.
    • fit 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.
    • fit Expedient, congruous, correspondent, convenient, apposite, adequate. Apt, Fit. See a pt.
    • n fit 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 fit A fitting out; preparation: as, a good fit for college.
    • n fit The part of a car-axle upon which the wheel is forced.
    • n fit One's equal, like. or match.
    • n fit [⟨ 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.
    • fit 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.
    • fit 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.
    • fit 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.
    • fit 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.
    • fit To be proper for; be in keeping with; become; befit.
    • fit Synonyms To adjust.
    • fit To equip, provide.
    • fit To be fit, suitable, becoming, seemly, or proper.
    • fit To be properly adjusted; be adapted or made suitable.
    • n fit A song, ballad, or story; a division of a song, ballad, or story.
    • n fit A foot; a step.
    • fit To kick.
    • fit To tread.
    • fit To kick.
    • fit Great; long: as, a fit time; a fit deal of trouble.
    • fit A dialectal preterit and past participle of fight.
    • n fit 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Dome could contain two Wembley Stadiums or the Eiffel Tower on its side. You could even fit the Great Pyramid of Giza inside it.
    • adj Fit fit adapted to any particular end or standard, prepared for: qualified: convenient: proper: properly trained and ready, as for a race
    • v.t Fit to make fit or suitable: to suit one thing to another: to be adapted to: to qualify
    • v.i Fit to be suitable or becoming:—pr.p. fit′ting; pa.p. fit′ted
    • n Fit anything used in fitting up, esp. in pl.adv. Fit′tingly
    • n Fit fit a sudden attack by convulsions, as apoplexy, epilepsy, &c.: convulsion or paroxysm: a temporary attack of anything, as laughter, &c.: a sudden effort or motion: a passing humour
    • v.t Fit (Shak.) to wrench, as by a fit
    • n Fit fit a song, or part of a song or ballad
    • Fit Also Fitt, Fitte, Fytte
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  • Douglas Macarthur
    “Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.”
  • Matthew Prior
    “To John I owed great obligation; but John, unhappily, thought fit to publish it to all the nation: Sure John and I are more than quit.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.”
  • Horace
    “If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.”
  • Seneca
    “It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”


Fit as a butcher's dog - Someone who's very healthy, fit or physically attractive is as fit as a butcher's dog.
Fit as a fiddle - If you are fit as a fiddle, you are in perfect health.
Fit for a king - If something is fit for a king, it is of the very highest quality or standard.
Fit like a glove - If something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
Fit of pique - If someone reacts badly because their pride is hurt, this is a fit of pique.
Fit the bill - If something fits the bill, it is what is required for the task.
Fit to be tied - If someone is fit to be tied, they are extremely angry.
If the cap fits, wear it - This idiom means that if the description is correct, then it is describing the truth, often when someone is being criticised.('If the shoe fits, wear it' is an alternative)
If the shoe fits, wear it - This is used to suggest that something that has been said might apply to a person.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fit, fyt,; cf. E. feat, neat, elegant, well made, or icel. fitja, to web, knit, OD. vitten, to suit, square, Goth. ftjan, to adorn. √77


In literature:

If a chap gets a headache, or a fit of the colic, it's all up with him.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Fit a large glass flask with a tightly fitting rubber stopper having a short glass tube passing through it.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
She rarely sees fit to mention the names of the people she introduces.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
This is in no respect an unimportant detail to be seen to in the fitting up and regulation of a violin.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
That flax had been one long series of troublesome worries, to which the total loss was a fittingly tragic end.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Cool the patient in the hot fit, and warm him in the cold one.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
He had devoted enormous care to their fit.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
It was plain I was not fit for anything but to be let alone, like a weak plant struggling for its existence.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
They were fitted out ready for the field with everything but ammunition.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie

In poetry:

Twist and twine Roses and Lilies,
And little leaves green,
Fit for a queen;
Twist and twine Roses and Lilies.
"Under Rose Arches" by Kate Greenaway
For lo, the way is dark;
Through mist and cloud I grope,
Save for that fitful spark,
The little flame of hope.
"A Hymn" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Those shadows in the meadows,
Running a fitful race;
With pleasure once they thrilled me,
But coldly now I gaze."
"Question And Answer" by Mathilde Blind
Then give me a song, thou poet,
A lyric to fit that time
When love shall be one with labour,
And both be held sublime.
"Give Me A Song, Thou Poet" by Alexander Anderson
And look to yonder palace,
With its garden of the rose,
With its groves and silver fountains,
Fit for a king's repose.
"The Sultana's Remonstrance" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Maidens, gather not the yew,
Leave the glossy myrtle sleeping;
Any lad was born untrue,
Never a one is fit your weeping.
"Prologue To A Saga" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

A free NBA Fit/WNBA Fit Dribble, Dish & Swish Competition is scheduled for Sunday, Nov 20, from 12:30 pm till 2 pm at the Bayonne Ice Rink Gym.
You don't become an AMA National Hare Scrambles Champion without being fit, and Jason Raines is really fit.
The sexy comedienne appeared on the cover of SHAPE in October to give us her take on fitness, fat jeans, and more (in case you're wondering, her fitness routine involves some pretty hilarious dance moves).
Fitness Expert Fitz Koehler shares quick fitness tips each Monday on TV20's Morning Edition.
Get a RAZR-Fit Fairway Wood Free When You Purchase a RAZR-Fit Driver.
To get the 35-inch spare to fit our factory tire hanger, this Zone tire mount adapter was fitted.
Flare-O fittings offer positive sealing and adaptability in a design based on the 37° SAE J514 fitting.
SWIM LESSONS & AQUATICS FITNESS CLASSES Location: YMCA Description: The YMCA will be offering SWIM LESSONS & AQUATICS FITNESS CLASSES – Signups begin Monday, February 8th for members and Monday, February 15th for non members.
Personal Trainer Pamela Hernandez with Thrive Personal Fitness joined KY3's Ozarks Today on Friday morning to give tips on how to save cash and still get fit.
"Consider the holidays a time to maintain fitness, not a time to set new goals or be ambitious," said fitness expert Shirley Archer, author of "Fitness 9 to 5" and "Weight Training for Dummies.
Troubling will be the probable push from other agricultural organizations for a "one size fits all" approach instead of a package of options tailored to fit each commodity covered in the next farm bill.
Geralyn Coopersmith, author of "Fit + Female, The Perfect Fitness and Nutrition Game Plan for Your Unique Body Type," will be the trainer for participants in the "Early Gets Down2Size" series.
The multinational threesome getting ready to set off for the International Space Station on Tuesday fit some fun into a "fit check".
In support of APTA's Fit After 50 campaign, spokesperson Patrice Winter, PT, DPT, MHA, FAAOMPT, blogs on Boomer Café about how she manages to stay active and fit as she nears age 60.
A new North Vancouver fitness company is shaping its reputation as Canada's only fitness camp exclusive to plus-size people.

In science:

Fig.6: Fit results for the mirror relative velocity reconstruction.
Finesse and mirror speed measurement for a suspended Fabry-Perot cavity using the ringing effect
Table 1: Fitted values of shifts and average spin values.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
Figure 1: Fit parameters λ and Ri as functions of the input parameters a) for the LUBOEI procedure, b) for the weight method.
Modelling Bose-Einstein effect from asymmetric sources in Monte Carlo generators
Fitted spectra for individual FRIs (light lines) with radio powers in the ranges show.
Radio Galaxy Spectra
Fitted rest-frame spectra for individual FRIIs (light lines) with radio powers in the ranges show.
Radio Galaxy Spectra