• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fitting being precisely fitting and right "it is only meet that she should be seated first"
    • adj fitting in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion "We have come to dedicate a portion of that field...It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this"
    • n fitting putting clothes on to see whether they fit
    • n fitting (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)
    • n fitting a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
    • n fitting making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
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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
    • n Fitting Anything used in fitting up
    • a Fitting Fit; appropriate; suitable; proper.
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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 fitting Anything employed in fitting up permanently: used generally in the plural, in the sense of fixtures, tackle, apparatus, equipment: as, the fittings of an office; gas-fittings.
    • n fitting In soap-making, the finishing operation for yellow soaps, consisting in removing the lye from the cooled copper, and then bringing its remaining contents again to a boil. If the liquid soap, called at this stage the fit, is now found too stiff, it is thinned with water; if too sticky, a little strong lye or brine is stirred into it.
    • fitting Fit or appropriate; suitable; proper.
    • fitting Synonyms See list under fit, adjective
    • n fitting Specifically, any small casting or other metal part of a machine or apparatus used to fit together or assemble other parts, as a coupling or elbow used to join lengths of pipe.
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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 Fitting fit: appropriate
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  • Peter F. Drucker
    “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.”
  • Douglas Macarthur
    “Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations.”
  • John Gay
    “A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.”
  • David Plowright
    David Plowright
    “The ability to sign a check is the least reliable guide to a company's fitness.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “The theatre is supremely fitted to say: Behold! These things are. Yet most dramatists employ it to say: This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
First recorded about 1440; app. cog. with Fit, n.


In literature:

Yes, when he found his class fit for it.
"Thyrza" by George Gissing
A fit of trembling seized her, as if she had barely escaped some peril.
"The Odd Women" by George Gissing
Mrs. Liversedge, with a sense of the fitness of things, had given a musical tea in his honour.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Life can furnish no food fitting for him.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
The wife of this solid man was solid and well fitted to him.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
The drawing-rooms were fitted with the greatest taste; the dinner was exquisite.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
It ben't your natural side for fitting, I takes it.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Consider: good advice is like a tight glove; it fits the circumstances, and it does not fit other circumstances.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
But one might as well make faces at a stone post as at old 'Lias when his wandering fit was on him.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Her boots, at this moment unseen of any, fitted her feet, as her feet fitted her body.
"Mary Marston" by George MacDonald

In poetry:

O you who bid the paint and clay
Be glorious when you are dead,
And fit the plangent words in rhyme
Where the dark secret lurks unsaid;
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
The hireling priest performs his part,
Fit guide for such a goal!
And he, who helped to break your heart,
Prays God to bless your soul.
"The Walk Home From Beldagon" by Ernest Jones
"Goddess! here I cast bright buds,
"Spicy pine boughs at thy feet;
"Give the flesh its fitting mate
"Life is strong and life is sweet!"
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
A lesson which I well may heed,
A word of fitness to my need;
So from that twilight cool and gray
Still saith a voice, or seems to say.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
THE sky is laced with fitful red,
The circling mists and shadows flee,
The dawn is rising from the sea,
Like a white lady from her bed.
"Le Reveillon" by Oscar Wilde
Love can think of nought but love to bring
Fit to serve or do him sacrifice
Ere his eyes have looked upon the spring
Three times thrice.
"A Ninth Birthday" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Flexibility training has been promoted for decades as an integral part of fitness that may help decrease the risk of injuries.
And while the sprawling mansion with 48 rooms is fit for a king, it has one little drawback: there are no bathrooms.
I knew immediately I'd found the right fit.
This collection of the first run of Love & Rockets comes to a fitting conclusion with this swoon-worthy B sides and rarities compilation of all Los Bros Hernandez's non-Palomar, non–Maggie and Hopey stories.
On ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Jessica Capshaw's character is being fitted for a prosthetic limb after her leg was amputated following injuries sustained in the plane crash featured in the season-eight finale.
But he looks fit and still remarkably handsome.
The fine art of fitting in.
This certification is in addition to Anvil 's Xtreme Lubricant and Copper Fittings, which were already certified.
Stories of fitness pros who successfully strategized career changes—and how you can do the same.
Part of the reason for her visit was to become acquainted with the hospital in order to find the best fit.
Tuesday February 28 2012 Fitness trainer Marissa Tartal of Brigantine at Tilton Fitness in Galloway.
A multi-section track should fit together each time without tripping hazards caused by ill-fitting sections.
Meanwhile, peel the squash (I use a vegetable peeler for this), cut it into chunks that will fit your food processor tube fitted with the grater blade, and grate .
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc is encouraging family health, fitness and togetherness this back-to-school season with two offerings through Sept 30: The Family Fitness Fun Challenge, at www.
In a fitful and fitfully effective sidelight as a director, Sean Penn has been trying to make Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild into a film ever since its publication in 1996.

In science:

Recall that a finite group G is called almost simple, if its generalized Fitting subgroup F ∗ (G) is a nonabelian simple group S , or, equivalently, if Inn(S ) 6 G 6 Aut(S ) for a nonabelian finite simple group S .
On the number of classes of conjugate Hall subgroups in finite simple groups
Figure 1: Fitting the Black–Scholes call option with β (w)-adaptive PDF of the shock-wave NLS-solution (10).
Adaptive Wave Models for Option Pricing Evolution: Nonlinear and Quantum Schr\"odinger Approaches
Figure 5: Fitting the Black–Scholes put option with the quantum PDF given by the absolute square of (21) with n = 7.
Adaptive Wave Models for Option Pricing Evolution: Nonlinear and Quantum Schr\"odinger Approaches
Figure 6: Fitting the Black–Scholes call option with the quantum PDF given by the absolute square of (21) with n = 3.
Adaptive Wave Models for Option Pricing Evolution: Nonlinear and Quantum Schr\"odinger Approaches
IJCSIS) International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2010 As long as minimization of the fitness function is still possible, then the iteration continues till such a time that no improvement in the evaluation function value is noticeable.
Efficient Inventory Optimization of Multi Product, Multiple Suppliers with Lead Time using PSO