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On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Idioms for fit

    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 fit

1
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English fitten, fetten “to marshal or deploy troops; to be fitting, befit;” possibly from Old Norse fitja “to web, knit;” akin to Middle Dutch vitten “to befit”
Both fit and fitted are standard as past tense and past participle of fit1 : The new door fit (or fitted ) the old frame perfectly. The suit had fitted (or fit ) well last year. Fitted is somewhat more common than fit in the sense “to adjust, make conform”: The tailor fitted the suit with a minimum of fuss. In the passive voice, fitted is the more common past participle: The door was fitted with a new handle.
fit·ta·ble, adjectiveun·fit·ta·ble, adjective
fit , fitted (see usage note at the current entry)

Definition for fit (2 of 5)

fit2
[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

noun

a sudden, acute attack or manifestation of a disease, especially one marked by convulsions or unconsciousness: a fit of epilepsy.
an onset, spell, or period of emotion, feeling, inclination, activity, etc.: a fit of anger;a fit of weeping.

Origin of fit

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English fitt “round of fighting”; see fit3

Definition for fit (3 of 5)

fit3
[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

noun Archaic.

a song, ballad, or story.
a division of a song, ballad, or story.

Origin of fit

3
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English fitt “round of singing, canto, song, speech”

Definition for fit (4 of 5)

fit4
[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

verb Nonstandard (chiefly Older Use).

simple past tense of fight.

Origin of fit

4
First recorded in 1805–10

Definition for fit (5 of 5)

FIT

Banking. Federal Insurance Tax.
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British Dictionary definitions for fit (1 of 3)

fit1
/ (fɪt) /

verb fits, fitting or fitted or US fit

adjective fitter or fittest

noun

See also fit in, fit out, fit up
fittable, adjective
C14: probably from Middle Dutch vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit

British Dictionary definitions for fit (2 of 3)

fit2
/ (fɪt) /

noun

verb fits, fitting or fitted

(intr) informal to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
Old English fitt conflict; see fit ³

British Dictionary definitions for fit (3 of 3)

fit3
/ (fɪt) /

noun

archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song
Old English fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn
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Medical definitions for fit (1 of 2)

fit 11
[ fĭt ]

v.

To be the proper size and shape.

adj.

Physically sound; healthy.

n.

The degree of precision with which surfaces are adjusted or adapted to each other in a machine, device, or collection of parts.

Medical definitions for fit (2 of 2)

fit 22
[ fĭt ]

n.

A seizure or a convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy.
The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.
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Idioms and Phrases with fit

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