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Definition of the noun fitness

What does fitness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fitnesses

  1. the quality of being suitable
    • example: they had to prove their fitness for the position
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of fitness: fittingness
    • antonym of fitness: unfitness
    • more generic words: suitability / suitableness = the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose
    • more specific words:
  2. good physical condition; being in shape or in condition
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of fitness: physical fitness
    • antonym of fitness: unfitness
    • more generic words: condition / shape = the state of (good) health
    • more specific word: fettle = a state of fitness and good health
  3. the quality of being qualified
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: competence / competency = the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually

Alternative definition of the noun fitness


  1. The condition of being fit, suitable or appropriate
  2. the cultivation of an attractive and healthy physique
  3. the ability to perform a function

Specialised definition of the noun fitness

Glossary of sports

one capacity to perform work (exercise) of a specific intensity and duration; may be aerobic, anaerobic, or muscular (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

the fact of being strong and healthy (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the good physical state of an individual achieved by means of sport training. Fitness has physical, mental, social, and psychological interacting components. In a narrower sense fitness is often understood as "physical fitness". Physical fitness is predominantly based on favourable anthropometric prerequisites (e.g. physical dimensions of the body, skinfold thickness, etc.), good perceptive abilities (visual, auditive, tactile, kinaesthetic), conditional characteristics (strength, speed, endurance, flexibility), coordinative motor characteristics (balance, ability for motor combination, agility, recreation ability) and body experience. Among the numerous models of physical fitness the one developed by E. Fleishman in 1964 is used widely; it defines that physical fitness is characterized by the following factors: static and dynamic flexibility, explosive strength, static strength, trunk strength, total body coordination, balance, and endurance. Sometimes a differentiation is made between physical (as a general foundation) and motor fitness (as the ability to utilize these foundations to produce movement). Furthermore, physical fitness is frequently equated with terms like: health, well-being, balance, etc. Therefore, the following are regarded as objectives of the strive for fitness: prevention of diseases, slowing down the process of ageing, improving professional performance, optimizing the motor system, producing a feeling of well-being, self-realization, and maintaining contact with the environment. Physical fitness viewed under this perspective represents a very complex personality trait, which also explains the emergence (since the 1950s) of the fitness movement (trimm campaign). Among other developments, this movement resulted in the construction of numerous forest, trimm and fitness trails, a large supply of programs for home training, the organization of fitness runs and walks, the development of aerobics, and the emergence of commercial fitness studios (fitness centers). In connection with efforts towards providing a sensible control of the fitness movement, several fitness tests have been developed (e.g. Cooper-test), by means of which the fitness state can be tested objectively; a specific adequate fitness training program can be followed based on results from such fitness tests. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


  1. Fitness is a musical genre.
  2. Fitness is a central idea in evolutionary theory. It can be defined either with respect to a genotype or to a phenotype in a given environment. In either case, it describes the ability to both survive and reproduce, and is equal to the average contribution to the gene pool of the next generation that is made by an average individual of the specified genotype or phenotype. The term "Darwinian fitness" is often used to make clear the distinction with physical fitness. If differences between alleles of a given gene affect Darwinian fitness, then the frequencies of the alleles will change across generations; the alleles with higher fitness become more common. This process is called natural selection.
    • also known as 適應度
  3. "Fitness" is a musical album of Miss Polski.
    • released in (6 years ago)


"Fitness" is a book by Bonnie B Graves.


"Fitness" is an artwork by Bill Hammond.


Fitness is a United States-based women's magazine, focusing on health, exercise, and nutrition. It is owned and published by the Meredith Corporation and is published ten times per year. The editor-in-chief of Fitness is Betty Wong.

Phrases with Fitness

Phrases starting with the word Fitness:

  1. Fitness Model
  2. Fitness center

Phrases ending with the word Fitness:

  1. Pole Fitness
  2. physical fitness

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fitness

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Google previewManual of operation The HELENA study (2014)

by Marcela González-Gross, y otros

Physical fitness is a set of attributes related to a person's ability to perform physical activities that require aerobic capacity,

Among the health-related physical fitness components, aerobic fitness is the one that has been studied the most.

Google previewLose Weight, Live Healthy (2011)

A Complete Guide to Designing Your Own Weight Loss Program by Joyce D. Nash

Fitness is a condition that helps you look, feel, and do your best.

Google previewThe Structure of Biological Science (1985)

by Alexander Rosenberg

fitness is a disposition in this sense is not at issue between the view that it is a primitive term and the view that it can be defined in the theory. What is at issue is whether more can be said within the theory, besides the assertion that it is a ...

Google previewThe Evolution of Life (2015)

by Graham Bell

Fitness is a rate of proliferation, or reproduction. It is a property of any defined category of...

Google previewReligion and Science (2012)

History, Method, Dialogue by W. Mark Richardson, Wesley J. Wildman

Fitness is a measure of the organism«s success in bearing and rearing offspring. The issue is usually how successful an...

Google previewRun Your First Marathon (2010)

Everything You Need to Know to Reach the Finish Line by Grete Waitz, Gloria Averbuch

Technically, fitness is a combination of endurance, strength, and flexibility. It is also a lifestyle, comprised of healthy habits.

Google previewArtificial Intelligence in Wireless Communications (2009)

by Thomas Warren Rondeau, Charles W. Bostian

the returned fitness is the objective itself. When the objective should be minimized (e.g., BER, power), the returned fitness is the inverse of the objective.

Google previewEvolution Of Life Histories (1993)

Theory and Analysis by Derek Roff

Fitness is a function of both traits; for simplicity let this be a linear relationship such as r = c1v1 - c.2v2. On the...

Google previewRescuer Mindset (2011)

by Michael Aloia, Brian P. Pasquale, Pamela Aloia

Fitness is a simple equation: some is better than none and more consistency is better than some once in awhile. Consistency, as with anything, is the key to success. Fitness is a lifelong pursuit and should be a part of one's daily routine.

Google previewPsychology in Physical Education and Sport (2011)

by M. L. Kamlesh

Fitness is the cumulative effect of nutrition, active lifestyle and regular exercise.

Google previewIntelligent Systems in Oil Field Development under Uncertainty (2009)

by Marco A. C. Pacheco, Marley M. B. R. Vellasco

Raw Fitness Raw Fitness is an absolute measure related to the objective function of the problem.

Standardized Fitness Standardized Fitness is a measure that favors individuals that obtain it with a lowest possible value. In error minimization ...

Google previewSenior Fitness (2005)

by Ruth E. Heidrich

Cardiovascular fitness means having a strong heart and circulatory system and is gained by doing regular aerobic exercise. Muscular fitness is the development of strong muscles and requires stresses or loads to be put on the muscles.

Google previewExercise: The Lazy Person's Guide! (2002)

Relax Your Way to Better Health and Fitness by Helen Graham

CHAPTER 8 GOING FURTHER Fitness means different things to different people. To some it means not simply being without the symptoms of illness, but being healthy, feeling well and having abundant energy. For others it may mean fitness ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Running, 3rd Edition (2010)

by Bill Rodgers, Scott Douglas

Cardiovascular fitness is the ability to sustain comfortably a moderate level of aerobic exercise. It's what people mean when they talk about stamina or endurance—being fit enough to keep up a decent level of activity. Ofthe main components ...

Google previewApplied And Community Psychology (2 Vol. Set) (2005)

by Surya Kumar Srivastava

Fitness is a state which often characteristics the degree to which a person is able to function. The ability to function...

While fitness is the maximal, economical and efficient functioning of body, health is referred to as homeostatic condition of the ...

Google previewExporters' Encyclopaedia (1917)

Fitness, Withy & Co., Ltd. ; Steamship Agents 38 Whitehall St. Fitness, Withy & Co ., Ltd. ; Agents, Norway-Mexico Gulf Line. Furness, Withy & Co., Ltd. ; Agents, Sweden-Norway Line. Furness, Withy & Co., Ltd. ; Agents, Swedish-America ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nonlinear Science (2006)

by Alwyn Scott

FITNESS. LANDSCAPE. The notion of landscape is chosen in analogy to terrestrial landscapes, which are functionsovera twodimensional space, f (x, y). Commonly, landscape is altitudehasa functionof latitude θ and longitude : In the history of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

The Fitness to Practise Panel is independent of the General Dental Council (GDC ) and consists of 76 members made up of dentists, lay members, and dental care professionals. The three GDC Practice Committees are the Professional ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychology (2014)

by Mike Cardwell

The term direct fitness describes the reproductive gain from an animal's own offspring, and indirect fitness the reproductive gain from non-descendant genetic relatives. Together they make up the animal's inclusive fitness. Kin selection ...

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Quotes about Fitness

I have always maintained a high level of fitness, and that is why I am still able to handle the demands of playing in the Premiership. People have always commented on my fitness, and it's something I pride myself on. (Richard Gough)
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Scrabble value of F4I1T1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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