I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fitt; akin to Old Saxon fittea division of a poem, Old High German fizza skein Date: before 12th century archaic a division of a poem or song II. adjective (fitter; fittest) Etymology: Middle English; akin to Middle English fitten Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) adapted to an end or design ; suitable by nature or by art (2) adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving b. acceptable from a particular viewpoint (as of competence or morality) ; proper <
a movie fit for the whole family
2. a. put into a suitable state ; made ready <
get the house fit for company
b. being in such a state as to be or seem ready to do or suffer something <
fair fit to cry I was — Bryan MacMahon
laughing fit to burst
3. sound physically and mentally ; healthyfitly adverb Synonyms: fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action <
fit for battle
. suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands <
clothes suitable for camping
. meet suggests a just proportioning <
meet payment
. proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom <
proper acknowledgement
. appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness <
an appropriate gift
. fitting implies harmony of mood or tone <
a fitting end
. apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination <
apt quotations
. happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate <
a happy choice of words
. felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful <
a felicitous phrase
. III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fitt strife Date: circa 1541 1. a. a sudden violent attack of a disease (as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness ; paroxysm b. a sudden but transient attack of a physical disturbance 2. a sudden burst or flurry (as of activity) <
cleaned the whole house in a fit of efficiency
3. an emotional reaction (as in anger or frustration) <
has a fit when I show up late
IV. verb (fitted or fit; fitting) Etymology: Middle English fitten to marshal troops, from or akin to Middle Dutch vitten to be suitable Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to be suitable for or to ; harmonize with b. archaic to be seemly or proper for <
it fits us then to be as provident as fear may teach us — Shakespeare
2. a. to conform correctly to the shape or size of <
it doesn't fit me anymore
b. (1) to insert or adjust until correctly in place <
fit the mechanism into the box
(2) to make or adjust to the right shape and size <
fitting the jacket to the customer
(3) to measure for determining the specifications of something to be worn by <
fitted him for a new suit
c. to make a place or room for ; accommodate 3. to be in agreement or accord with <
the theory fits all the facts
4. a. to put into a condition of readiness b. to cause to conform to or suit something 5. supply, equip <
fitted the ship with new engines
— often used with out 6. to adjust (a smooth curve of a specified type) to a given set of points intransitive verb 1. archaic to be seemly, proper, or suitable 2. to conform to a particular shape or size; also to be accommodated <
will we all fit into the car?
3. to be in harmony or accord ; belong — often used with infitter noun V. noun Date: 1823 the fact, condition, or manner of fitting or being fitted: as a. the way clothing fits the wearer b. the degree of closeness between surfaces in an assembly of parts c. goodness of fit VI. dialect past and past participle of fight

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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