Definition of fitter in US English:



  • 1A person who puts together or installs machinery, engine parts, or other equipment.

    ‘a pipe fitter’
    • ‘If this means that there are going to be more carpenters and electricians and fitters and welders available for work, then it has to be a great idea.’
    • ‘Planned action by steel erectors, pipe fitters and welders to hit construction work on high-profile sites for this week has been called off after employers rushed to negotiate a deal.’
    • ‘The strike involves some 350 drivers, fitters and support staff.’
    • ‘Picked at random, washing machine repairers, drainage specialists, boiler fitters and aerial technicians visited the ordinary looking house in a suburban street.’
    • ‘Some 20,000 steel erectors, pipe fitters and welders across Britain could strike over pay.’
    • ‘We immediately need ten new people and we have advertised in vain for sheet metal workers, fabricators, electricians and pipe work fitters.’
    • ‘Jack had been a kitchen fitter working for a large company for several years before deciding to set up on his own building and fitting kitchens to order.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the welders and vessel fitters were working long hours for a pittance - all the while being charged $50 per month for their board.’
    • ‘The dispute involves 16 diesel fitters who work on engines for ships and power stations.’
    • ‘Every company asks me where to find extra engineers, extra welders, extra fitters and turners, extra builders, and extra electricians.’
    • ‘A surprising finding was the increased relative risk in electrical fitters and telephone installers.’
    • ‘Those detained included an accountant, a builder, a window fitter and a machine operator.’
    • ‘He believed his son, a mechanical fitter, had a secure future.’
    • ‘Most of the customers only discovered that the company had gone out of business after fitters failed to turn up to install their fireplaces.’
    • ‘Pipe fitters, electrical and sheet metal workers, brick masons and ironworkers were reported to have honored picket lines at the stadium worksite.’
    • ‘The workers, including electricians, fitters and welders, are demanding that the company substantially increase its latest 3.5 percent pay offer.’
    • ‘They included a pipe fitter, a nursery worker, a writer, a nurse and a computer programmer, among others.’
    • ‘He is a machine fitter and has been helping the British Engineers bring the power station back on line.’
    • ‘He is a mechanical fitter by trade and he hopes to return to working on the railways.’
    • ‘A month ago, his Edinburgh branch was issuing a press release trumpeting the fact that 46 of those made redundant there had found retraining as gas central heating fitters.’
    engineering officer, controller, handler, driver
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  • 2A person who supervises the cutting, fitting, or alteration of garments or shoes.

    • ‘Also inform the shoe fitter of any previous injuries you might have had, as this could affect the type of shoe suitable to you.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of the fitters recommended bras with the wrong underwire shape, according to the report.’
    • ‘It's best to chose a few different bras in your measured size and ask a trained fitter to check which one gives you the best support and shape.’
    • ‘Every woman I've ever spoken to on the subject has had nothing but praise for their fitters and assistants.’
    • ‘We were met by the costume fitter inside and it was there, in the costume room that my ideas of how a studio should be began to be realised.’