|Origin:||fitt 'disagreement, opposition, fighting'|
Related topics: Illness and Disability
a time when you feel an emotion very strongly and cannot control your behaviour
She killed him in a fit of temper.
He quit his job in a fit of drunken depression.
a short period of time when someone loses consciousness and cannot control their body because their brain is not working properly:
She used to have fits as a baby.
people who suffer from epileptic fits
a short time during which you laugh or cough a lot in a way that you cannot control:
He had a violent coughing fit.
The girls collapsed into a fit of the giggles.
We were all in fits of laughter trying to clear up the mess.
Carl had us all in fits (=made us laugh a lot) with his stories.
to be very angry or shocked:
If your mother finds out about this, she'll have a fit.
the way in which something fits on your body or fits into a space:
The dress was a perfect fit.
I managed to get everything into the suitcase, but it was a tight fit.
if there is a fit between two things, they are similar to each other or are suitable for each other
We must be sure that there's a fit between the needs of the children and the education they receive.
if something happens in fits and starts, it does not happen smoothly, but keeps starting and then stopping again:
Technology advances by fits and starts.
He spoke in fits and starts.