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Definitions of pit

  1. a sizeable hole ( usually in the ground); " they dug a pit to bury the body"
  2. a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
  3. the hard inner ( usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits ( as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed; " you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking"
  4. a concavity in a surface ( especially an anatomical depression)
  5. set into opposition or rivalry; " let them match their best athletes against ours"; " pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; " He plays his two children off against each other"
  6. lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
  7. mark with a scar; " The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
  8. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; " a British term for ` quarry' is ` stone pit'"
  9. a trap in the form of a concealed hole
  10. remove the pits from, as of certain fruit such as peaches
  11. remove the pits from; " pit plums and cherries"
  12. A cellar or excavation used for refuge from a cyclone, or tornado.
  13. A large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an indentation
  14. The shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit.
  15. A large hole in the ground from which material is dug or quarried; as, a stone pit; a gravel pit; or in which material is made by burning; as, a lime pit; a charcoal pit.
  16. A vat sunk in the ground; as, a tan pit.
  17. Any abyss; especially, the grave, or hades.
  18. A covered deep hole for entrapping wild beasts; a pitfall; hence, a trap; a snare. Also used figuratively.
  19. A depression or hollow in the surface of the human body
  20. The hollow place under the shoulder or arm; the axilla, or armpit.
  21. See Pit of the stomach ( below).
  22. The indentation or mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.
  23. Formerly, that part of a theater, on the floor of the house, below the level of the stage and behind the orchestra; now, in England, commonly the part behind the stalls; in the United States, the parquet; also, the occupants of such a part of a theater.
  24. An inclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats.
  25. The endocarp of a drupe, and its contained seed or seeds; a stone; as, a peach pit; a cherry pit, etc.
  26. A depression or thin spot in the wall of a duct.
  27. To place or put into a pit or hole.
  28. To mark with little hollows, as by various pustules; as, a face pitted by smallpox.
  29. To introduce as an antagonist; to set forward for or in a contest; as, to pit one dog against another.
  30. See of the stomach ( below).
  31. A deep hole in the earth; an abyss; the shaft of a mine; a hole used for trapping wild animals; in England, the cheap part of the ground floor of a theater; an inclosed space in which animals are set to fight each other; as, a cockpit; in the United States, that part of a commercial exchange set aside for some special business; as, the wheat pit; a hollow part of the body; as, the armpit; a small hole left, as by smallpox; Hades: with the; in the United States, the kernel of certain fruits, as the cherry or plum.
  32. To mark with small hollows; to match or set to fight against another; as, to pit one's strength against another; place in a pit or hole.
  33. Pitted.
  34. Pitting.
  35. A hole in the earth: an abyes: the bottomless pit: a hole used as a trap for wild beasts: whatever insnares: the hollow of the stomach: the indentation left by smallpox: the groundfloor of a theatre: the shaft of a mine.
  36. To mark with pits of little hollows: to set in competition:- pr. p. pitting; pa. t. and pa. p. pitted.
  37. A hole in the earth; indentation; parquet of a theatre.
  38. To mark with pits; set in antagonism.
  39. To mark with pits or hollows.
  40. To set in antagonism.
  41. To put into a pit.
  42. To become marked with pits.
  43. A cavity; depression; abyss.
  44. The main floor of the auditorium of a theater.
  45. An enclosed space, as for the fighting of cocks or dogs.
  46. The kernel of certain fruits.
  47. A deep hole in the earth; an abyss; the grave; the area for cock fighting; the ground- floor of a theatre; a hollow; the bottomless pit.
  48. To press into hollows; to mark with hollows; to set in competition.
  49. To form into little hollows; to place in a pit or hole; to set against in competition, as in a combat.
  50. A depression formed in the course of cell- wall thickening in plant tissue; an embryonic olfactory depression.

Usage examples for pit

  1. The gallery began to swim- the pit moved- the boxes appeared to wave backward and forward. – Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX by Alexander Leighton
  2. They were grouped about that most terrible and frightening pit. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  3. Dig an oval pit under the fore- stick, large enough to hold him, and fill it with hot coals, keeping up a strong heat. – Woodcraft by George W. Sears
  4. It was almost terrible to her, and the silence was like a deep pit. – The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence
  5. Suppose there is, right at the back of the pit, a small, weak boy. – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  6. " It is not for me to thank you," Mr. Peat said-" I have nothing to do with this pit- the owner, to whom what has happened will be reported, will do that; but personally I am obliged to you, Mr. Lindo, and I am sure the men are." – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  7. Malcolm said nothing, but led the way to the pit entrance. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  8. An immense pit or trench is dug, capable of containing several hundred people. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  9. And then he set himself to see just what he had done, while the high walls of sin seemed to rise closer about him, and his face burned with the heat of the pit into which he had put himself. – The City of Fire by Grace Livingston Hill
  10. And so it got aboot in the pit that I could sing a bit. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  11. Hawksworth stared again at the pit. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  12. Sometimes, of course, men rose from the pit. – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  13. But they could not spare room for the coffin; so the body was taken out of it, and thrown upon the heap which already occupied the pit. – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  14. Anything like the sound of a rat Makes my heart go pit- a- pat! – Browning's Shorter Poems by Robert Browning
  15. In truth, he is as well bred as most of our politicians; and as to his honesty, I will pit him against any of them. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  16. Out of the Pit came a sound- I cannot describe it! – The Metal Monster by A. Merritt
  17. The pit roared with laughter at first. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  18. The pit was scarcely six feet across. – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  19. With a crash the trap was sprung, with the pit yawning beneath it. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
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