- suitable or appropriate; proper or becoming.
Origin of fitting
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- adapted or suited; appropriate: This water isn't fit for drinking. A long-necked giraffe is fit for browsing treetops.
- proper or becoming: fit behavior.
- qualified or competent, as for an office or function: a fit candidate.
- prepared or ready: crops fit for gathering.
- in good physical condition; in good health: He's fit for the race.
- being adapted to the prevailing conditions and producing offspring that survive to reproductive age.
- contributing genetic information to the gene pool of the next generation.
- (of a population) maintaining or increasing the group's numbers in the environment.
- to be adapted to or suitable for (a purpose, object, occasion, etc.).
- to be proper or becoming for.
- to be of the right size or shape for: The dress fitted her perfectly.
- to adjust or make conform: to fit a ring to the finger.
- to make qualified or competent: qualities that fit one for leadership.
- to prepare: This school fits students for college.
- to put with precise placement or adjustment: He fitted the picture into the frame.
- to provide; furnish; equip: to fit a door with a new handle.
- to be suitable or proper.
- to be of the right size or shape, as a garment for the wearer or any object or part for a thing to which it is applied: The shoes fit.
- the manner in which a thing fits: The fit was perfect.
- something that fits: The coat is a poor fit.
- the process of fitting.
- fit out/up, to furnish with supplies, equipment, clothing, furniture, or other requisites; supply; equip: to fit out an expedition.
- fit to be tied, Informal. extremely annoyed or angry: He was fit to be tied when I told him I'd wrecked the car.
- fit to kill, Informal. to the limit; exceedingly: She was dressed up fit to kill.
Origin of fit1
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- simple past tense of fight.
Examples from the Web for fitting
It was the epitome of Kim Kardashian, and a fitting summation of the Year of Butt.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014
December 30, 2014
Induction would be a fitting gesture, even now when the honor would be posthumous.
How fitting that Joe Cocker would get a little help from his friend Billy Joel.
When Garfield moved to the big screen in 2004 and 2006, it was fitting for Bill Murray to replace the deceased actor.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
It would be only fitting, the reductio ad absurdum of our divided age, for this election to take two extra months.How This Election Could Go to January
October 24, 2014
But there was an outcry, as there has been at every fitting, because I won't wear stays.The Bacillus of Beauty
He ought to say something about the man, but he had no idea of what was fitting!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It is not fitting for Christians to hold a festival in honor of a heathen god.Buried Cities, Part 2
But he only moved back a little, and went on fitting and musing.Tiverton Tales
"I try to be what's fitting," said Mrs. James, complacently.The Incomplete Amorist
- appropriate or proper; suitable
- an accessory or partan electrical fitting
- (plural) furnishings or accessories in a building
- work carried out by a fitter
- the act of trying on clothes so that they can be adjusted to fit
- British size in clothes or shoesa narrow fitting
- to be appropriate or suitable for (a situation, etc)
- to be of the correct size or shape for (a connection, container, etc)
- (tr) to adjust in order to render appropriatethey had to fit the idea to their philosophy
- (tr) to supply with that which is needed
- (tr) to try clothes on (someone) in order to make adjustments if necessary
- (tr) to make competent or readythe experience helped to fit him for the task
- (tr) to locate with care
- (intr) to correspond with the facts or circumstances
- suitable to a purpose or design; appropriate
- having the right qualifications; qualifying
- in good health
- worthy or deservinga book fit to be read
- (foll by an infinitive) in such an extreme condition that a specified consequence is likelyshe was fit to scream; you look fit to drop
- mainly British informal (of a person) sexually attractive
- the manner in which something fits
- the act or process of fitting
- statistics the correspondence between observed and predicted characteristics of a distribution or modelSee goodness of fit
- pathol a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
- a sudden spell of emotiona fit of anger
- an impulsive period of activity or lack of activity; mooda fit of laziness
- give a person a fit to surprise a person in an outrageous manner
- have a fit or throw a fit informal to become very angry or excited
- in fits and starts or by fits and starts in spasmodic spells; irregularly
- (intr) informal to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
- archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song
Word Origin and History for fitting
1530s (adj.); c.1600 (n.), from present participle of fit (v.).
"be suitable," probably from early 15c.; "to be the right shape," 1580s, from fit (adj.). Related: Fitted; fitting. Fitted sheets is attested from 1963.
part of a poem, Old English fitt, of unknown origin.
1823, "the fitting of one thing to another," later (1831) "the way something fits." Originally "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), obscure, possibly from Old English fitt "a conflict, a struggle" (see fit (n.2)).
"paroxysm, sudden attack" (as of anger), 1540s, probably via Middle English sense of "painful, exciting experience" (early 14c.), from Old English fitt "conflict, struggle," of uncertain origin, with no clear cognates outside English. Perhaps ultimately cognate with fit (n.1) on notion of "to meet." Phrase by fits and starts first attested 1610s.
"suited to the circumstances, proper," mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English noun fit "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), which is perhaps connected to fit (n.1). Related: Fitter; fittest. Survival of the fittest (1867) coined by H. Spencer.