• WordNet 3.6
    • n fitness the quality of being suitable "they had to prove their fitness for the position"
    • n fitness the quality of being qualified
    • n fitness good physical condition; being in shape or in condition
    • n fitness fitness to traverse the seas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: African Baobab tree's circumference can reach 180 feet. If the trunk is hollow, 20 people would be able to fit inside of it.
    • n Fitness The state or quality of being fit; as, the fitness of measures or laws; a person's fitness for office.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every day, the Hubble telescope transmits enough data to fit 10,000 standard computer disks
    • n fitness The state or quality of being fit or suitable; suitableness; adaptedness or adaptability of one thing to another; hence, congruity; befittingness; meetness: as, the fitness of things; the fitness of a thing for the purpose intended.
    • n fitness The state of being fitted or qualified; requisite capacity; qualification: as, he lacks fitness for the place.
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  • Albert Einstein
    “If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.”
  • Josh Billings
    “A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.”
  • William Morris
    William Morris
    “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
  • Carl Jung
    “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.”


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.


In literature:

This is, however, not so much a rule of etiquette as a question of beauty and fitness.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
The ponies themselves did one to three or four journeys as they were considered fit.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
I could see she was scarce fit to bear any further suffering just then; but what was to be done?
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
However, the possession of a new house and gay fittings was an agreeable realization.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
Now it happens that I am a fluid sort of an organism, with sufficient kinship with life to fit myself in 'most anywhere.
"The Road" by Jack London
The bed had a flat, perfectly fitted cover of the chintz, which is tucked under the mattress.
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
No more flinching or nervous fits, but the sound mind in the sound body.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
To give "patent" medicines for "fits", to a man who may be suffering from lead poisoning or heart disease, is criminal.
"Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia" by Isaac G. Briggs
Agamemnon, it never were fitting among men that the tongue should have greater force than actions.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
After being picked out and put aside, and then again dried, it is fit to pack.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds

In poetry:

"And shall I get so plump and fresh,
And look no longer seedily?
My skin will henceforth fit my flesh
So tightly and so TWEEDIE-ly?"
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Dear friends and neighbors, one and all,
I'm pleased to meet you here;
'Tis fit that we should make this call
Thus early in the year.
"My Schoolboy Days" by David John Scott
"Do justice!— help the poor and weak!—"
"And let the oppressed go free!
"In lowly, loving hearts I seek
"The temples fit for me!"
"St. Coutts's" by Ernest Jones
And ever the fitful gusts between
A sound came from the land;
It was the sound of the trampling surf,
On the rocks and hard sea-sand.
"The Wreck Of The Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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.
"Epigram - To John I Owed Great Obligation" by Matthew Prior
So, rising from my idle life, I took
Tools that are fit for men,
And wrought and sung with brow inclined to brook
No idle dream again.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The healthcare bill that's now provoked this fit Is like the one steered into law by Mitt In Massachusetts.
Keeping the Customers Satisfied John Foley, an independent culinary consultant, said c-stores are a perfect fit for appetizers because of their portability and lower cost.
The season's half over and you still can't fit into that bikini.
Free yoga event and fitness expo.
The event will also feature a Fitness Expo and Yoga DJ James Hayford.
The ritziest retreats where Hollywood's hottest stars get fit.
Confused on how the world ranking system fits into the ASP .
You may remember me from my stint as the Fitness Guinea Pig or our "American Idol" recaps.
MCDC gets fit with jeans, custom wear.
The simplest ones consist of an ear mold which fits inside the ear.
As part of our ongoing series, we choose clothes from the recent runways that would fit with the legend's song-and-dance style.
'The best fit for me academically and athletically was at Alabama'.
But I found the best jewelry for nose piercings and it's called 'Bend to Fit' You put it in your nose like normal but then you actually pinch it to fit your nose and it lays flat on the inside of your nose so it never pokes you.
Owner, Move Fitness Training (formerly Fitness Horizons).
We understand choosing the right fitness center to help you reach your fitness goals is important.

In science:

We are interested here in multimodal logics with quanti fication over both propositional and first-order variables, a combination investigated, for example, by Fitting .
Quantified Multimodal Logics in Simple Type Theory
In contrast to Fitting we here pursue the translational approach and study the embedding of quanti fied multimodal logic in simple type theory.
Quantified Multimodal Logics in Simple Type Theory
In Section 2 we briefly revi ew simple type theory and adapt Fitting’s notion of quanti fied multimodal logics.
Quantified Multimodal Logics in Simple Type Theory
In contrast to Fitting we are not interested in S5 structures but in the more general case of K.
Quantified Multimodal Logics in Simple Type Theory
Like Fitting, we keep our definitions simple by not having function or constant symbols.
Quantified Multimodal Logics in Simple Type Theory