Definition of fit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪt//
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  1. 1[countable] a sudden attack of an illness, such as epilepsy, in which somebody becomes unconscious and their body may make violent movements synonym convulsion to have an epileptic fit Her fits are now controlled by drugs.
  2. of coughing/laughter
  3. 2[countable] a sudden short period of coughing or of laughing, that you cannot control synonym bout a fit of coughing He had us all in fits (of laughter) with his jokes.
  4. of strong feeling
  5. 3[countable] a short period of very strong feeling to act in a fit of anger/rage/temper/pique see also hissy fit
  6. of clothing
  7. 4[countable, uncountable] (often with an adjective) the way that something, especially a piece of clothing, fits a good/bad/close/perfect fit
  8. match
  9. 5[countable] fit (between A and B) the way that two things match each other or are suitable for each other We need to work out the best fit between the staff required and the staff available.
  10. Word Originnoun senses 4 to 5 late Middle English: of unknown origin. noun senses 1 to 3 Old English fitt ‘conflict’, in Middle English ‘position of danger or excitement’, also ‘short period’; the sense ‘sudden attack of illness’ dates from the mid 16th cent.Extra examples File away any excess metal until a snug fit is achieved. He argues that there is a lack of fit between our system of values and capitalism. He burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. He pushed the referee in a fit of temper. He suffers from a brain disorder that can trigger convulsive fits. He suffers from fits of depression. In a sudden fit of anger, he snatched the book from her hand. My dad will throw a fit if he finds out! She collapsed in a fit of laughter. She hurt her arm during one of her fits. She suffered a major fit last year. The cap is made of 92% polyester with 8% Spandex for a custom fit. The cold air brought on one of his coughing fits. The comedian had them all in fits of laughter. The door was a poor fit and didn’t open properly. The fits usually occur at night. The formula gives a much better fit to the experimental data. The jersey is a comfortable fit—not too tight and not too loose. The shoe has a special strap to ensure a good fit. We need to achieve the best fit between the staff required and the staff available. When her coughing fit was over she continued to speak. a fit of anger/​giggles a good fit between the recruit and the job new drugs that can control fits the statistical fit between the interest rate and investment He shot his son in a fit of anger. Laughing brought on a terrible fit of coughing. The defendant claimed to have acted in a fit of anger.Idioms frequently starting and stopping again; not continuously Because of other commitments I can only write my book in fits and starts. (informal) to be very shocked, upset or angry Your mother would have a fit if she knew you'd been drinking!
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