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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)

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


  1. Fitness is a musical genre.
  2. Fitness (often denoted in population genetics models) 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. If differences between alleles at a given gene affect fitness, then the frequencies of the alleles will change over 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 (4 years ago)


"Fitness" is a book by Bonnie B Graves.


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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fitness

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Google previewPhysical Activity and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (2010)

by Peter Kokkinos

Aerobic fitness refers to the degree or ability to provide most ofthe required energy for a specific ;...

Google previewFeeding Anorexia (2003)

Gender and Power at a Treatment Center by Helen Gremillion

Although fitness is a form of bodily control that, ideologically, includes both men and women, the female body is not perceived as a ''productive'' resource for crafting a fit body. Rather, it is perceived as both a resource and a natural limit in this ...

Google previewNatural Selection in the Wild (1986)

by John A. Endler

Ml NESS AND ADAPTATION Fitness is an estimate and a predictor of the rate of natural selection, and is therefore necessary for a...

Google previewMaking Sense of Evolution (2010)

The Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Biology by Massimo Pigliucci, Jonathan Kaplan

fitness is a statistical property of populations. When a population can be divided into a number of groups based on variations among the members of the population with respect to some trait, the average growth rates of ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management 2nd edition (2012)

by Abraham Pizam

Member-focused fitness programs can include active sports programs, recreational activities, food and beverage, and educational In addition, general member health ranging from weight components. concentrating on management, stress ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Ethology (1989)

by Klaus Immelmann

FITNESS system. The movement can thus be included in a variety of reflexes and actions. A dog may wag its tail in response to an insect bite or as an expression of excitement or to avoid having it stepped on. In each case the different ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2010)

by Waldemar Karwowski

Fitness. for. Work. A. Y. Burov. Centre of Ergonomics and Safety, ELAN Ltd, Kyiv, Ukraine B. J. Daams Delft University of Technology, Department of Industrial. 1 INTRODUCTION The analysis of accidents in power plants shows that one of the  ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Cycling (2011)

by Bill Mallon, Jeroen Heijmans

FITNESS CYCLING. Many people use cycling as a means of achieving and maintaining fitness.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Some ingenious naturalists have attended only to the appearances of fitness, ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychology (1999)

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 ...

Google previewWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, 2 Volume Set (2011)

by Bernard Wood

it is the relative difference between the fitness of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2004)

Health and Illness in the World's Cultures Topics - Volume 1; Cultures - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

the latter pair on theY has lowered fitness phenotype is often have lowered often have lowered chromosome cannot intermediate fitness, new mutation fitness (or AA, AY are be evaluated for hidden in ...

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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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