- capability of the body of distributing inhaled oxygen to muscle tissue during increased physical effort.
- Also called Darwinian fitness. Biology.
- the genetic contribution of an individual to the next generation's gene pool relative to the average for the population, usually measured by the number of offspring or close kin that survive to reproductive age.
- the ability of a population to maintain or increase its numbers in succeeding generations.
Origin of fitness
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Examples from the Web for fitness
The amenities include a fitness room, a sauna, a beauty parlor, and a karaoke setup.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
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“LCDR Peters is an outstanding Supply Corps officer…” says one one fitness report from 2004.The (Sloppy) Swift-Boating of Michigan Democrat Gary Peters
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The NFL, for instance, has a fitness campaign designed to address childhood obesity.College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them
October 4, 2014
Or Sensoria, a new athletic-wear company whose socks have GPS and whose shirts have a fitness tracker built into the bra.Wearables Hit the Runway at Fashion Week
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When the doctors in his group get fitness band data, they have time to put some thought into what the information implies.Can Fitbit Data Save Lives?
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It did not occur to him to question his fitness for the work.Within the Law
The young girl no longer listened to these reasons of the fitness of things.The Dream
Only this very morning I read her a sermon upon 'Propriety, and the fitness of things.'The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
The place had an Homeric simplicity and beauty which touched his sense of fitness.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Candidates must only be proposed for their fitness, and opposed on the ground of unfitness.Laws
- the state of being fit
- the degree of adaptation of an organism to its environment, determined by its genetic constitution
- the ability of an organism to produce viable offspring capable of surviving to the next generation
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Word Origin and History for fitness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition.
- A state of general mental and physical well-being.
- The state of being suitably adapted to an environment.
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