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  • IPA(key): /fɪtɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪtɪŋ



  1. present participle and gerund of fit
  2. (informal, US, with infinitive) Getting ready; preparing.
    I'm fitting to go home and sleep.
    • 1846, Lyndall Gordon, quoting Emily Dickinson, letter, quoted in Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds, published 2010:
      'I am fitting to go to South Hadley Seminary [as Mount Holyoke was known], and expect if my health is good to enter that institution a year from next fall', she confided to Abiah.



fitting (comparative more fitting, superlative most fitting)

  1. Appropriate; suitable.
    • 1764, Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto:
      Though all your actions are noble, [] is it fitting that I should accompany you alone into these perplexed retreats? Should we be found together, what would a censorious world think of my conduct?
    • 1960 December, “The Glasgow Suburban Electrification is opened”, in Trains Illustrated, page 712:
      The last regular steam-hauled passenger train between Glasgow and Helensburgh Central was given a fitting send-off from Queen Street Low Level at 11.2 p.m. on Friday, November 4.
    • 2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1-0 Everton”, in BBC Sport:
      It was a fitting scoreline on the club's landmark anniversary, and appropriate that Van Persie should get the winner.
    • 2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 6 August 2020:
      And really, Michael Jackson is a more fitting aspiration for the similarly sexless would-be-former teen heartthrob, who’s compared himself to the late King Of Pop (perhaps a bit prematurely) on several occasions and sings in a Jackson-like croon over a sample of “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going” on Believe’s “Die In Your Arms.”
    • 2023 March 8, Paul Salveson, “Fond farewells to two final trains...”, in RAIL, number 978, page 54:
      The L&YR built a small number of these trains, known as 'Rail Motors', for rural branch lines. It was only fitting that the Horwich branch should have its own.



fitting (countable and uncountable, plural fittings)

Fitting render
  1. A small part, especially a standardized or detachable part of a device or machine.
  2. (engineering) A tube connector; a standardized connecting part of a piping system to attach sections of pipe together, such as a coupling
  3. The act of trying on clothes to inspect or adjust the fit.
  4. (manufacturing) The process of fitting up; especially of applying craft methods such as skilled filing to the making and assembling of machines or other products.
  5. (chiefly Britain, often plural) A removable item in a house or other building, which can be taken with one when one moves out, such as a moveable piece of furniture, a carpet, picture, etc.; US furnishing; compare fixture.
    the fittings of a church or study
  6. (uncountable) The action or condition of having fits in the sense of seizures or convulsions.
    Since her medication was changed, her fitting has got worse.

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