Fitting vs Adjusting - What's the difference?

fitting | adjusting |

As verbs the difference between fitting and adjusting

is that fitting is while adjusting is .

As nouns the difference between fitting and adjusting

is that fitting is a small detachable part of a device or machine while adjusting is adjustment.

As an adjective fitting

is ready, appropriate, or in keeping.



Alternative forms

* (ready) fittin', fittin


  • (informal, US, with infinitive) Ready, preparing.
  • I'm fitting to go home and sleep.
  • *
  • Synonyms

    * (ready) fixing to (see also going to)


    (en adjective)
  • Ready, appropriate, or in keeping
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 10, author=David Ornstein, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Arsenal 1-0 Everton , passage=It was a fitting scoreline on the club's landmark anniversary, and appropriate that Van Persie should get the winner.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=June 26, author=Genevieve Koski, work=The Onion AV Club
  • , title= Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe , passage=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.” }}


    (en noun)
  • A small detachable part of a device or machine.
  • The act of trying on clothes to inspect or adjust the fit.
  • (manufacturing) The process of applying craft methods such as skilled filing to the making and assembling of machines or other products.
  • (chiefly, British) Domestic moveable piece of furniture, which can be taken along when moving out, US furnishing..
  • the fittings of a church or study

    Derived terms

    * fitting room




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • adjustment
  • * 1919 , The Cornell Countryman (volumes 17-18, page 264)
  • The big economic shiftings and adjustings pinch us now and then; and we shall save energy if we adapt ourselves forthwith, without reviling the rest of the family.