Definitions of pit

  1. To place or put into a pit or hole.
  2. To mark with little hollows, as by various pustules; as, a face pitted by smallpox.
  3. To introduce as an antagonist; to set forward for or in a contest; as, to pit one dog against another.
  4. 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.
  5. To mark with pits of little hollows: to set in competition:- pr. p. pitting; pa. t. and pa. p. pitted.
  6. To mark with pits; set in antagonism.
  7. To mark with pits or hollows.
  8. To set in antagonism.
  9. To put into a pit.
  10. 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"
  11. To become marked with pits.
  12. To press into hollows; to mark with hollows; to set in competition.
  13. To form into little hollows; to place in a pit or hole; to set against in competition, as in a combat.
  14. Pitting.
  15. lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
  16. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; " a British term for ` quarry' is ` stone pit'"
  17. a trap in the form of a concealed hole
  18. remove the pits from; " pit plums and cherries"
  19. A cellar or excavation used for refuge from a cyclone, or tornado.
  20. A large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an indentation
  21. The shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit.
  22. 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.
  23. A vat sunk in the ground; as, a tan pit.
  24. Any abyss; especially, the grave, or hades.
  25. A covered deep hole for entrapping wild beasts; a pitfall; hence, a trap; a snare. Also used figuratively.
  26. A depression or hollow in the surface of the human body
  27. The hollow place under the shoulder or arm; the axilla, or armpit.
  28. See Pit of the stomach ( below).
  29. The indentation or mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.
  30. 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.
  31. An inclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats.
  32. The endocarp of a drupe, and its contained seed or seeds; a stone; as, a peach pit; a cherry pit, etc.
  33. A depression or thin spot in the wall of a duct.
  34. See of the stomach ( below).
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. A hole in the earth; indentation; parquet of a theatre.
  38. A cavity; depression; abyss.
  39. The main floor of the auditorium of a theater.
  40. An enclosed space, as for the fighting of cocks or dogs.
  41. The kernel of certain fruits.
  42. 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.
  43. A depression formed in the course of cell- wall thickening in plant tissue; an embryonic olfactory depression.