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Pathol a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure


Archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song
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in machine building, the character of the junction between machine parts. The fit determines the parts’ greater or lesser freedom of relative movement and their resistance to being displaced by each other.

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(design engineering)
The dimensional relationship between mating parts, such as press, shrink, or sliding fit.
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i. The total avionics package in an aircraft.
ii. The desired clearance, if any, between mating surfaces (e.g., push fit, force fit).
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fitness tracker

A wrist-worn device that can detect some combination of walking steps, running distance, heart rate, sleep patterns and swimming laps. Fitness bands interact via Bluetooth with an app in a mobile device that configures the device and downloads the wearer's activity data. Most smartwatches support some number of physical actions via a health app; however, dedicated trackers tend to monitor more functions. See smartwatch.

The Fitbit Surge
The Surge tracks everything including steps, distance, calories and stairs climbed, and it notifies the wearer when a call or text comes in. (Image courtesy of Fitbit Inc.,

Withings Activite
This stylish Swiss-made watch from Withings sends steps, laps, run time and sleep patterns to the user's smartphone. A gentle vibration provides a wake-up alarm. (Image courtesy of Withings S.A.,

A Lot of Trackers
In 2015, Under Armour debuted UA Record, an app that pairs with all these brands and imports the data from the user's accounts. UA Record is an evolution of the MapMyFitness platform, which Under Armour acquired in 2013.

Google Fit

Google's software support for integrating fitness and health-related functions in Android wearable devices. Introduced in 2014, the Android Google Fit app is a central hub that collects data from the phone's sensors, Android Wear devices and supported fitness trackers. Fit is the Google counterpart of Apple's HealthKit platform. See fitness tracker and Android Wear.
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In theory, for any GAM in which the back-fitting algorithm converges, there exists a matrix R such that the fitted values [mu] are given by the relation [mu] = Rz, where z = g(y) is the vector of observations transformed by the link function.
We made three additional measurements on this set of specimens, and the fitted temperature profiles agreed to within 0.5%.
For the cherry sorbet, in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment, puree the cherries and the sugar until smooth and well combined, about two minutes.
They get the many 'dos and don'ts' of our profession, and the assurance that a properly fitted corset can be a thing of beauty, of comfort and of great self-respect." [43]
In short, the barrel must be properly fitted and also perfectly centered in the slide.
We estimate around two thirds of all child seats are incorrectly fitted and a third could cause serious injury.
Mr Richardson told the inquiry: "Catches are being fitted. I have seen them being fitted."
Fitting Solutions: The first step to fitting the drooping bustline is to be fitted for a bra that lifts the breasts to a more natural position, something that is attainable even if the spine is curving and your shoulders are shifting forward.
He tells the story of a grandmother taken from an audience and fitted in a pointe shoe with a superstrong shank.
Don't attach sleeves to a fit sample until the torso pattern is fitted correctly.
After sewing a few garment seams using the final fashion fabric, lay the fitted muslin pattern pieces onto the garment.
The same pattern sewn in different fabrics will fit L differently, so it might be necessary to modify how you fitted a test garment when changing fabrics.