fit

\ \ English has three distinct words fit, but the history of them all is very problematical. The verb fitmake suitable, be the right size, etc’ [16], and the presumably related adjective ‘proper, appropriate’ [14] may come from a Middle English verb fittenmarshal troops’, but that only pushes the difficulty one stage further back, for no one knows where fitten came from. (The derivative outfit dates from the 18th century.) Fitseizure, sudden outburst’ [14] may be the same word as Old English fittconflict’, whose antecedents again are obscure (fitful was formed from it in around 1600, but was not widely used before the 19th century). Fitsection of a poem’ [OE] also comes from an Old English fitt, which might conceivably be identical with Old English fittconflict’; but an alternative possibility is some connection with Old High German fizzaskein’ and Old Norse fithem’.

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  • fit — fit …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • fit*/*/*/ — [fɪt] (past tense and past participle fitted) verb I 1) [I/T] to be small enough or the right size and shape to go somewhere, or to manage to put someone or something in a space I don t think that box will fit.[/ex] The book is small enough to… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • fit — n Fit, attack, access, accession, paroxysm, spasm, convulsion are comparable when they denote a sudden seizure or spell resulting from an abnormal condition of body or mind. The last three are too specific in their technical medical senses to be… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fit — fit1 [fit] vt. fitted or fit, fitting [ME fitten < ? or akin ? to ON fitja, to knit, tie ends of thread, akin to OHG fizza, skein of thread, ult. < IE * pedyo , fetter, lit., of the foot < base * ped , FOOT] 1. to be suitable or adapted… …   English World dictionary

  • fit — Ⅰ. fit [1] ► ADJECTIVE (fitter, fittest) 1) of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose. 2) in good health, especially through regular physical exercise. 3) (fit to do) informal on the point of doing. 4) …   English terms dictionary

  • Fit — and FIT have several meanings.Fit can refer to: * Physical fitness, how well a person is suited for physical tasks. * Fitness (biology), how capable a being is at successfully passing on its genes. * tantrum * seizure, or any other sudden… …   Wikipedia

  • fit — s.n. (fam.; în expr.) A trage la fit = a lipsi de la datorie, în special de la orele de şcoală; a chiuli. – cf. rus. k v i t , germ. q u i t t. Trimis de LauraGellner, 12.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  fit s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08 …   Dicționar Român

  • Fit — Fit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fitting}.] 1. To make fit or suitable; to adapt to the purpose intended; to qualify; to put into a condition of readiness or preparation. [1913 Webster] The time is fitted for the duty. Burke.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fit — Fit, n. [AS. fit strife, fight; of uncertain origin. [root] 77.] 1. A stroke or blow. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster] Curse on that cross, quoth then the Sarazin, That keeps thy body from the bitter fit. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fit — Fit, a. [Compar. {Fitter}; superl. {Fittest}.] [OE. fit, fyt; cf. E. feat neat, elegant, well made, or icel. fitja to web, knit, OD. vitten to suit, square, Goth. f?tjan to adorn. [root]77.] 1. Adapted to an end, object, or design; suitable by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fit — [adj1] suitable, appropriate able, adapted, adequate, advantageous, apposite, apt, becoming, befitting, beneficial, capable, comely, comme il faut, competent, conformable, convenient, correct, correspondent, deserving, desirable, due, equipped,… …   New thesaurus

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