Fit

Fit

, n. [AS. fit strife, fight; of uncertain origin. 77.] 1. A stroke or blow. [Obs. or R.]
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Curse on that cross, quoth then the Sarazin,
That keeps thy body from the bitter fit.
Spenser.
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2. A sudden and violent attack of a disorder; a stroke of disease, as of epilepsy or apoplexy, which produces convulsions or unconsciousness; a convulsion; a paroxysm; hence, a period of exacerbation of a disease; in general, an attack of disease; as, a fit of sickness.
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And when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake.
Shak.
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3. A mood of any kind which masters or possesses one for a time; a temporary, absorbing affection; a paroxysm; as, a fit of melancholy, of passion, or of laughter.
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All fits of pleasure we balanced by an equal degree of pain.
Swift.
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The English, however, were on this subject prone to fits of jealously.
Macaulay.
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4. A passing humor; a caprice; a sudden and unusual effort, activity, or motion, followed by relaxation or inaction; an impulsive and irregular action.
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The fits of the season.
Shak.
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5. A darting point; a sudden emission. [R.]
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A tongue of light, a fit of flame.
Coleridge.
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By fits, By fits and starts, by intervals of action and repose; impulsively and irregularly; intermittently.
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