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fit | screw |

As an abbreviation fit

is (travel industry|aviation) fully inclusive tour.

As a noun screw is

a device that has a helical function.

As a verb screw is

to connect or assemble pieces using a screw.



Etymology 1

Possibly from the (etyl) .


  • Suitable, proper.
  • You have nothing to say about it. I'll do exactly as I see fit .
  • * Bible, Job xxxiv. 18
  • Is it fit to say a king, Thou art wicked?
  • * {{quote-book, year=2005, by=
  • , passage=The rest we'll leave to be examined later, if we think fit ;}}
  • Adapted to a purpose or environment.
  • survival of the fittest
  • * Shakespeare
  • That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in.
  • In good shape; physically well.
  • You don't have to be a good climber for Kilimanjaro, but you do have to be fit .
  • (British, slang) Good looking, fanciable, attractive, beautiful.
  • I think the girl working in the office is fit .
  • Prepared; ready.
  • * Fairfax
  • So fit to shoot, she singled forth among her foes who first her quarry's strength should feel.
    Derived terms
    * fighting fit * fit as a fiddle * fitly * fitness * fittie * unfit

    Etymology 2

    From the adjective .


  • To be suitable for.
  • It fits the purpose.
  • * 1918 , Richard Dennis Teall Hollister, Speech-making , publ. George Wahr, pg. 81:
  • The speaker should be certain that his subject fits the occasion.
  • To conform to in size and shape.
  • The small shirt doesn't fit me, so I'll buy the medium size.
    If I lose a few kilos, the gorgeous wedding dress might fit me.
  • To be of the right size and shape, as of clothing.
  • I wanted to borrow my little sister's jeans, but they didn't fit .
  • To make conform in size and shape.
  • I want to fit the drapes to the windows.
  • # To tailor; to change to the appropriate size.
  • I had a suit fitted by the tailor.
  • To be in agreement with.
  • These definitions fit most of the usage.
  • To adjust.
  • The regression program fit a line to the data.
  • To attach, especially when requiring exact positioning or sizing.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 13 , author=Andrew Benson , title=Williams's Pastor Maldonado takes landmark Spanish Grand Prix win , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Williams had a problem fitting his left rear tyre and that left Alonso only 3.1secs adrift when he rejoined from his final stop three laps later.}}
  • To equip or supply.
  • The chandler will fit us with provisions for a month.
  • To make ready.
  • I'm fitting the ship for a summer sail home.
  • (archaic) To be seemly.
  • To be proper or becoming.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Nor fits it to prolong the feast.
  • To be in harmony.
  • The paint, the fabrics, the rugs all fit .
    Derived terms
    * fit like a glove * fit up * misfit


    (en noun)
  • The degree to which something fits.
  • This shirt is a bad fit .
    Since he put on weight, his jeans have been a tight fit .
  • Conformity of elements one to another.
  • It's hard to get a good fit using second-hand parts.
  • The part of an object upon which anything fits tightly.
  • (advertising) how well a particular commercial execution captures the character or values of a brand.
  • The Wonder Bread advertising research results showed the “White Picket Fence” commercial had strong fit ratings.
  • (statistics) goodness of fit.
  • Usage notes
    Usually used in the singular preceded by an indefinite article and an adjective.


    * (advertising) The Advertising Research Handbook Charles E. Young, Ideas in Flight, Seattle, WA, April 2005

    Etymology 3

    , or, from the sense of fitted to length.


    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A section of a poem or ballad.
  • * 1771 , (1791), vol 2:
  • Dr. Percy has written a long ballad in many fits .
  • * Spenser
  • to play some pleasant fit


    * Oxford English Dictionary: fit, fyte n. 1

    Etymology 4



    (en noun)
  • A seizure or convulsion.
  • My grandfather died after having a fit .
  • (medicine) A sudden and vigorous appearance of a symptom over a short period of time.
  • A sudden outburst of emotion.
  • He had a laughing fit which lasted more than ten minutes.
    She had a fit and had thrown all of his clothes out of the window.
    He threw a fit when his car broke down.
  • A sudden burst (of an activity).
  • *
  • Synonyms
    * (sudden outburst of emotion) blowout, hissy, tantrum, spell, moment * (sudden burst of activity) flurry, frenzy
    Derived terms
    * fits and starts * fit of rage * have a fit * hissy fit * pitch a fit * shit fit * snit fit * throw a fit


  • (medicine) To suffer a fit.
  • screw



    (en noun)
  • A device that has a helical function.
  • # A simple machine, a helical inclined plane.
  • # A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a shank partially or completely threaded shank, sometimes with a threaded point, and a head used to both hold the top material and to drive the screw either directly into a soft material or into a prepared hole.
  • # (lb) A ship's propeller.
  • #*
  • It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
  • # An Archimedes screw.
  • # A steam vessel propelled by a screw instead of wheels.
  • (lb) A role.
  • # A prison guard.
  • # An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint.
  • (Thackeray)
  • # An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a student by an instructor.
  • To do with coitus.
  • # Sexual intercourse; the act of screwing.
  • #* 2001 , Bárbara Mujica, Frida: A Novel of Frida Kahlo , Overlook Press (2012), ISBN 9781468300994, unnumbered page:
  • “Not for God's sake, for Papá's sake. He's the one who gave Mami a good screw , and then you popped out. Or did you think you were a child of the Immaculate Conception, like the Baby Jesus?
  • #* 2007 , Barry Calvert, Swingers 1 , Matador (2007), ISBN 9781905886647, page 85:
  • A few couples would let selected doggers join in, with the lucky ones managing to get a screw .
  • #* 2009 , Kimberly Kaye Terry, The Sweet Spot , Aphrodisia Books (2009), ISBN 9780758228765, page 28:
  • As she sucked the nicotine deeply into her lungs, she closed her eyes and leaned back against the headboard, enjoying the pleasurable buzz that the combination of a good screw'—well, a decent ' screw —coupled with the nicotine gave.
  • # A casual sexual partner.
  • #* 1944 , W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge , Vintage International (2003), ISBN 9780307785084, unnumbered page:
  • #*:“If I don't go back to my boy friend he'll be as mad as hell. He's a sulky brute, but Christ, he's a good screw .”
  • #* 1990 , Susan Lewis, Stolen Beginnings , HarperPaperbacks (1992), ISBN 9780061004414, page 122:
  • #*:"Swear it!" Kathleen screamed. "Let her know that she's just another screw . Because, darling, that's all you are. So go on, tell her!"
  • #* 1993 , William Gill, Fortune's Child , HarperCollins Canada (1994), ISBN 9780061091551, page 42:
  • She was just a girl, like any of the girls he had had so easily, just another screw .
  • #* 2009 , Sam Moffie, The Book of Eli , Mill City Press (2009), ISBN 9781936107353, page 6:
  • Mary was Eli's favorite screw because she was clean, pretty, a good mother, funny, and alway was able to make herself available for their twice a week fucks as easily as he was.
  • (lb) Salary, wages.
  • * 1888 , (Rudyard Kipling),
  • A certain amount of "screw " is as necessary for a man as for a billiard-ball.
  • (lb) Backspin.
  • (lb) A small packet of tobacco.
  • (Mayhew)
  • An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and commonly of good appearance.
  • (lb) A straight line in space with which a definite linear magnitude termed the pitch is associated. It is used to express the displacement of a rigid body, which may always be made to consist of a rotation about an axis combined with a translation parallel to that axis.
  • An amphipod crustacean.
  • A prison guard.
  • Synonyms

    * (casual sexual partner) see also .

    Derived terms

    * Archimedes screw * capstan screw * hex head screw * machine screw * screw anchor * screwdriver * screw thread, screw-thread * screw drive * self-tapping screw * set screw * sheet-metal screw * turnscrew * wood screw

    See also



    (en verb)
  • To connect or assemble pieces using a screw.
  • (transitive, vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
  • (slang) To cheat someone or ruin their chances in a game or other situation. Sometimes used in the form "screw over".
  • To apply pressure on; to put the screws on.
  • To practice extortion upon; to oppress by unreasonable or extortionate exactions.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Our country landlords, by unmeasurable screwing and racking their tenants, have already reduced the miserable people to a worse condition than the peasants in France.
  • To contort.
  • * Dryden
  • He screwed his face into a hardened smile.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter V
  • I had been calling Nobs in the meantime and was about to set out in search of him, fearing, to tell the truth, to do so lest I find him mangled and dead among the trees of the acacia grove, when he suddenly emerged from among the boles, his ears flattened, his tail between his legs and his body screwed into a suppliant S. He was unharmed except for minor bruises; but he was the most chastened dog I have ever seen.
  • (soccer) To miskick (a ball) by hitting it with the wrong part of the foot.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=February 5 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Wolverhampton 2 - 1 Man Utd , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The visitors could have added an instant second, but Rooney screwed an ugly attempt high into Hennessey's arms after Berbatov cleverly found the unmarked England striker.}}
  • (billiard, snooker, pool) To screw back.
  • (US, slang, dated) To examine (a student) rigidly; to subject to a severe examination.
  • Synonyms

    * (2) * fuck (taboo slang) (2, 3) * (Australia) root (2) * (British) shag (2)


    * unscrew

    Derived terms

    * screw over * * screw in * screw it * screw up * screw with * screwball * screwtape, screwtaping * screwy


    * crews