1. A stroke or blow. [Obs. or R.]
Curse on that cross, quoth then the Sarazin,
That keeps thy body from the bitter fit. --Spenser.
2. A sudden and violent attack of a disorder; a stroke of disease, as of epilepsy or apoplexy, which produces convulsions or unconsciousness; a convulsion; a paroxysm; hence, a period of exacerbation of a disease; in general, an attack of disease; as, a fit of sickness.
And when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake. --Shak.
3. A mood of any kind which masters or possesses one for a time; a temporary, absorbing affection; a paroxysm; as, a fit of melancholy, of passion, or of laughter.
All fits of pleasure we balanced by an equal degree of pain. --Swift.
The English, however, were on this subject prone to fits of jealously. --Macaulay.
4. A passing humor; a caprice; a sudden and unusual effort, activity, or motion, followed by relaxation or inaction; an impulsive and irregular action.
The fits of the season. --Shak.
5. A darting point; a sudden emission. [R.]
A tongue of light, a fit of flame. --Coleridge.
By fits, By fits and starts, by intervals of action and repose; impulsively and irregularly; intermittently.
Fit v. i.
1. To be proper or becoming.
Nor fits it to prolong the feast. --Pope.
2. To be adjusted to a particular shape or size; to suit; to be adapted; as, his coat fits very well.
1. The quality of being fit; adjustment; adaptedness; as of dress to the person of the wearer.
2. Mach. (a) The coincidence of parts that come in contact. (b) The part of an object upon which anything fits tightly.
Fit rod Shipbuilding, a gauge rod used to try the depth of a bolt hole in order to determine the length of the bolt required. --Knight.
Fit imp. & p. p. of Fight. [Obs. or Colloq.]
Fit, n. In Old English, a song; a strain; a canto or portion of a ballad; a passus. [Written also fitte, fytte, etc.]
To play some pleasant fit. --Spenser.
Fit, a. [Compar. Fitter superl. Fittest ]
1. Adapted to an end, object, or design; suitable by nature or by art; suited by character, qualities, circumstances, education, etc.; qualified; competent; worthy.
That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. --Shak.
Fit audience find, though few. --Milton.
2. Prepared; ready. [Obs.]
So fit to shoot, she singled forth among
her foes who first her quarry's strength should feel. --Fairfax.
3. Conformed to a standart of duty, properiety, or taste; convenient; meet; becoming; proper.
Is it fit to say a king, Thou art wicked? --Job xxxiv. 18.
Syn: -- Suitable; proper; appropriate; meet; becoming; expedient; congruous; correspondent; apposite; apt; adapted; prepared; qualified; competent; adequate.
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.
The time is fitted for the duty. --Burke.
The very situation for which he was peculiarly fitted by nature. --Macaulay.
2. To bring to a required form and size; to shape aright; to adapt to a model; to adjust; -- said especially of the work of a carpenter, machinist, tailor, etc.
The carpenter . . . marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes. --Is. xliv. 13.
3. To supply with something that is suitable or fit, or that is shaped and adjusted to the use required.
No milliner can so fit his customers with gloves. --Shak.
4. To be suitable to; to answer the requirements of; to be correctly shaped and adjusted to; as, if the coat fits you, put it on.
That's a bountiful answer that fits all questions. --Shak.
That time best fits the work. --Shak.
To fit out, to supply with necessaries or means; to furnish; to equip; as, to fit out a privateer.
To fit up, to furnish with things suitable; to make proper for the reception or use of any person; to prepare; as, to fit up a room for a guest.
adj 1: meeting adequate standards for a purpose; "a fit subject for
discussion"; "it is fit and proper that you be there";
"water fit to drink"; "fit for duty"; "do as you see
fit to" [syn: fit to(a), fit for(a)] [ant: unfit]
2: (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or
strongly disposed; "in no fit state to continue"; "fit to
drop"; "laughing fit to burst"; "she was fit to scream";
"primed for a fight"; "we are set to go at any time" [syn:
fit(p), primed(p), set(p)]
3: physically and mentally sound or healthy; "felt relaxed and
fit after their holiday"; "keeps fit with diet and
exercise" [syn: healthy] [ant: unfit]
n 1: a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a
tantrum"; "he made a scene" [syn: tantrum, scene, conniption]
2: a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a
fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter" [syn: paroxysm,
3: the manner in which something fits; "I admired the fit of
4: a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason);
"a burst of applause"; "a fit of housecleaning" [syn: burst]
v 1: be agreeable or acceptable to; "This suits my needs" [syn: suit,
2: be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired;
"This piece won't fit into the puzzle" [syn: go]
3: satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet
the requirements for the degree?" [syn: meet, conform
4: make fit; "fit a dress"; "He fitted other pieces of paper to
5: insert or adjust several objects or people; "Can you fit the
toy into the box?"; "This man can't fit himself into our
6: be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their
characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many
details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on
the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those
on the gun" [syn: match, correspond, check, jibe,
gibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]
7: conform to some shape or size; "How does this shirt fit?"
8: provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose;
"The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food,
and other necessities" [syn: equip, fit out, outfit]
9: make correspond or harmonize; "Match my sweater" [syn: match]
[also: fitting, fitted, fittest, fitter]