Definition of fitting in English:



  • 1fittingsA small part on or attached to a piece of furniture or equipment.

    ‘the wooden fittings were made of walnut’
    • ‘The choice is unlimited, ranging from marbles, bathroom fittings to furniture to wall paintings and even safe lockers, all of which make a distinct impression to the visitor.’
    • ‘They submit that the brass fittings are of the required standard having regard (inter alia) to the age and character of the House.’
    • ‘The buildings had been vandalised - taps, pipes and toilet fittings have been damaged and in cases, removed.’
    • ‘Once the sink and its fittings have been removed, the next step will be to disassemble the counter tops and remove the cabinets.’
    • ‘The solid mahogany bar fittings and furniture and deep pile furnishings sets the tone of the club.’
    • ‘On the high-end are hardwood veneers and stain-grade solid wood doors with better hardware and excellent fittings.’
    • ‘Hardware stores sell brass fittings that convert standard pipe thread to the same thread used on garden hoses.’
    • ‘The compartments are ideal for fasteners, fittings, small tools, small cans of paint or stain, or whatever suits the project you're working on.’
    • ‘There was a massive kitchen at Dom's house with loads of matching wooden cupboards with brass fittings.’
    attachment, connection, installation
    furnishings, furniture, units, fixtures, fitments, equipment, appointments, accoutrements, appurtenances
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    1. 1.1fittingsBritish Items, such as a cooker or shelves, which are fixed in a building but can be removed when the owner moves.
      ‘little remains of the house's Victorian fittings’
      Compare with fixture (sense 1)
      • ‘By partnering with local and national modular builders, complete buildings including fixtures and fittings can be transported to site.’
      • ‘The book comes with a layout grid and reusable peel-off stickers depicting bathroom furniture, fixtures and fittings in a variety of shapes and sizes.’
      • ‘The architects designed special fittings for the building.’
      • ‘But some applicants were only insured for structures and not contents, and in a flood a considerable amount of furniture, fixtures and fittings would be destroyed or damaged.’
      • ‘All fittings and furniture - tall backed chairs, display counters and monolithic reception desk - were designed by the practice.’
      • ‘English Heritage noted that many of the internal fittings had been removed and concluded the building was not one of architect William Trent's best buildings, and therefore it was not worth saving.’
      • ‘This figure excludes fees, furniture and fittings.’
      • ‘Workmen are removing the remaining fixtures and fittings before bulldozers move in for the 30-week demolition job.’
      • ‘But delays meant they only got the keys this week, and the building has no electricity, gas, toilets or interior fittings.’
      • ‘With the old fittings having been removed, the room is now spacious enough to be used for special functions and its walls have been adorned with many historic cricket photographs which have been unearthed at the ground.’
      • ‘It would be relatively easy for the new owner to remove these fittings and restore the room to a double bedroom.’
      • ‘The interior of the ship was in relatively good condition when it arrived from the former Soviet Union, but almost all the fixtures, fittings and furniture was stripped from the vessel.’
      • ‘He also stated that he wanted a qualified electrician to remove a CCTV camera and some other fittings from the stud buildings.’
      • ‘He says the price was about $2000 a square metre, including land, building and fittings.’
      • ‘The flood scenario was described as ‘waterfalls from the ceiling’; the building and its fittings became damp, moist, and broken.’
      • ‘Attractive pieces of furniture and fittings that are not part of the sale, all encourage the viewer to feel positive about a house and help make a sale.’
      • ‘Mary moved about the fittings and furnishings like she was returning to a room she'd left years ago, but which had miraculously remained unchanged.’
      • ‘‘I think that, because of its historical links and the attractiveness of the building and the internal fittings, it is a good proposition,’ he said.’
      • ‘Running costs were rising, and the building with its fittings was deteriorating.’
      • ‘After gutting the building of all her fittings, the walls and heritage windows were painstakingly prepared for their new coating over the first two days.’
  • 2mass noun The action of fitting something.

    ‘the fitting of new engines by the shipyard’
    • ‘It is estimated that fitting such a system throughout the school transport fleet would cost about €3 million.’
    • ‘Restoring the £4,000 chain to its former glory cost the council £578 but included the fitting of a new black collar and the mending of broken and cracked enamel.’
    • ‘Others, such as the fitting of AAA-rated taps and shower roses, or the use of compact fluorescent globes for lighting, can be applied cheaply and easily to all houses.’
    • ‘He had just set up his own kitchen fitting business and was celebrating passing exams in electrical fitting when he suffered fatal injuries in the attack.’
    • ‘The cost of fitting each sized engine was then reduced to a permanent standard.’
    • ‘The company is in talks with union leaders over a number of safety measures, including fitting more assault screens, CCTV video surveillance and attack alarms.’
    • ‘On Friday British Airways revealed it was in talks with manufacturers over the feasibility of fitting anti-missile systems.’
    • ‘Nobody would suggest that, given an ageing population, the fitting of pacemakers should cease as not all of them may be ‘necessary’.’
    • ‘Clarence Balderstone, 61, who suffers from emphysema and arthritis, has taken out the money on his credit card to pay the bill for the removal of a broken tooth and the fitting of a denture.’
    • ‘Further details of the fitting are discussed below.’
    • ‘I wonder if Mr Watson has ever visited a fire station and seen the daily training which goes on, not to mention the routine fitting of smoke alarms, checking of hydrants etc.’
    • ‘Preliminary work has already taken place, including the fitting of a new lining to the station's 600 ft chimney stack, and preparation of the site.’
    • ‘Following surgery, the patient returns to the implant clinic after one month for fitting of the external portion of the device.’
    • ‘European legislation will ban the fitting of cigarette lighters in cars but under pressure relent, and allow them only when fitted beyond a driver's reach.’
    • ‘A grant from the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs funds the fitting of appliances.’
    • ‘The development team agreed to a two-week period in which to complete fitting of the engine, ahead of ground running that began March 18.’
    • ‘Outside, the only visual changes are to the rear wheel arches and the fitting of slightly wider gold alloy wheels with a new 10-spoke design.’
    • ‘They hope to turn the 105 ft boat into a practical training zone where youngsters learn skills such as plumbing, gas fitting, carpentry, electronics and mechanics.’
    • ‘The furniture giant, which has 13 stores across the UK, has traditionally sold its kitchens to customers who have had to arrange their own fitting.’
    • ‘Furthermore (as discussed below), the use of both modes proved useful to help to resolve ambiguity problems in the fitting.’
    • ‘It has now admitted the fitting of the cameras was its responsibility, but said the job had not been done because the spot where residents want the camera to go was not appropriate.’
    • ‘Second, the stud also allowed the fitting of custom grips tailor-made to fit anyone, from those having from the smallest to the largest hands.’
    • ‘Surgical care and the fitting of an artificial limb costs about $3,000.’
    • ‘The preparation takes about an hour and the fitting 40 minutes.’
    • ‘His company buys tyres directly from wholesalers and manufacturers, sells them online and passes the fitting to a network of 700 independent repair shops around the UK.’
    • ‘There is currently no treatment for the condition, apart from the fitting of a pacemaker, and although it is not fatal in itself, an attack can lead to the sufferer being injured.’
    installation, installing, install, putting in, fixing, placing, situating
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    1. 2.1count noun An occasion when one tries on a garment that is being made or altered for one.
      ‘she's coming tomorrow for a fitting’
      • ‘For the initial fitting, sew the garment shell only, leaving off the sleeves, collars, facings and other design details.’
      • ‘You do remember we have to go for our costume fittings this weekend.’
      • ‘She actually flew to Paris to get fittings done, so the dress fits her perfectly.’
      • ‘Chances are if you've spent enough money on a high quality pair of pants or suit, the vendor will offer you a fitting and alterations, free of charge.’
      • ‘We sat for awhile longer then drove to the fitting.’
      • ‘To set up the interview we had to work it in around fittings for his new costumes.’
      • ‘Monday is rehearsals, costume fittings, and some test footage on different kinds of camera.’
      • ‘She prayed that the fitting would be brief; she was in no mood to quibble over laces and fabrics with some silly woman.’
      • ‘Then there is the other part of our job, which is the daily fitting of the garments.’
      • ‘The ship's seamstress did the fitting, and the garment came out beautifully.’
      • ‘None of the lead actors has appeared for costume fittings or rehearsals.’
      • ‘Plus, who wants to book a bunch of wedding dress fittings between check-ups and upchucks?’
      • ‘Take the suit you are planning to wear to the fitting.’
      • ‘Amidst this, the first costume fittings take place in the art room.’
      • ‘More than likely, it would just be something about a fitting for a gown for Genevieve's wedding or a ball Cate was required to attend.’
      • ‘Last week, in between costume fittings and rehearsals here, he sat down for an interview.’
      • ‘If you give them your measurements in advance you ought to be okay - I've had both black and white tie from there without fittings and it's been okay.’
      • ‘Apparently, Camilla had six outfit fittings and 10 hat fittings, and a final dress rehearsal before settling on the final dress.’
      • ‘Despite this popularity, however, it is known that many women have never undergone a fitting for a bra and few know how to measure correctly in order to ensure that what they wear is the ultimate in comfort and support.’
      • ‘All the bridesmaids were supposed to be at the fitting at exactly four o'clock.’


  • 1Suitable or appropriate under the circumstances; right or proper.

    ‘a fitting reward’
    with clause ‘it was fitting that his last innings for Middlesex should bring him his highest first-class score’
    • ‘His injury-time matchwinner was a fitting reward for a tireless, wholehearted, committed performance.’
    • ‘This is a difficult area and a matter that is fitting and suitable for this Court to pronounce upon.’
    • ‘It would somehow be more fitting if skill was rewarded more solidly than dumb luck.’
    • ‘The increases are a fitting reward for the hard work that produced such impressive results in the research assessment exercise.’
    • ‘It was a fitting reward for his sterling efforts.’
    • ‘They were worthy winners of this year's prize for endeavour, a fitting reward for those who have worked so tirelessly towards the improvement of the village.’
    • ‘They started to win possession at will and got their reward with a last gasp goal which was a fitting reward for their great second half performance.’
    • ‘As the only group of its kind in the North West, director Andy Gutteridge, 33, said it would be a fitting reward for them.’
    • ‘It would be a fitting reward for a panel of players who have worked hard during the year to ensure that they maintained their status in the top flight.’
    • ‘After the crushing blow on Monday, a medal would have been fitting reward for the two-times Olympic veteran, who is to retire at the end of this season.’
    • ‘At the same time, those who render meritorious service should be given due recognition with fitting rewards.’
    • ‘It is a fitting reward for a man to the manor born.’
    • ‘That would be a fitting reward for the commitment made by Taylor, and by his family.’
    • ‘Armed with disposable cameras, students endeavoured to capture their views of the town and title each shot with an appropriate and fitting caption.’
    • ‘It was a fitting reward for his efforts which have resulted in him losing nearly two stone.’
    • ‘It was a fitting reward for the family from the Eyre Peninsula, whose property at Greenpatch was devastated during recent fires.’
    • ‘A fitting reward for the new Golden Boy of management.’
    • ‘Am I to take it that you think it is an appropriate, a proper, and a fitting situation that you judge it?’
    • ‘These were fitting and appropriate words to draw the public's attention to the contribution the Navy made to the ‘Great War’.’
    • ‘Yet he is gentle and attentive at the most unexpected, but appropriate and fitting times.’
    apt, appropriate, suitable, apposite
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  • 2in combination Fitted around or to something or someone in a specified way.

    ‘loose-fitting trousers’