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pit

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noun \ˈpit\

Definition of pit

  1. 1 a (1) :  a hole, shaft, or cavity in the ground (2) :  mine (3) :  a scooped-out place used for burning something (as charcoal) b :  an area often sunken or depressed below the adjacent floor area: as (1) :  an enclosure in which animals are made to fight each other (2) :  a space at the front of a theater for the orchestra (3) :  an area in a securities or commodities exchange in which members trade (as stocks)

  2. 2 a :  hell 1a —used with the b :  a place or situation of futility, misery, or degradation c plural :  worst <it's the pits>

  3. 3 :  a hollow or indentation especially in the surface of an organism: as a :  a natural hollow in the surface of the body b :  one of the indented scars left in the skin by a pustular disease :  pockmark c :  a minute depression in the secondary wall of a plant cell functioning in the intercellular movement of water and dissolved material

  4. 4 :  any of the areas alongside an auto racecourse used for refueling and repairing the cars during a race —often used in plural with the



Origin of pit

Middle English, from Old English pytt (akin to Old High German pfuzzi well), from Latin puteus well, pit


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with pit


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pit

verb

Definition of pit

pittedpitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to place, cast, bury, or store in a pit b :  to make pits in; especially :  to scar or mark with pits

  3. 2 a :  to set (as gamecocks) into or as if into a pit to fight b :  to set into opposition or rivalry —usually used with against

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become marked with pits; especially :  to preserve for a time an indentation made by pressure

  6. 2 :  to make a pit stop



15th Century

First Known Use of pit

15th century


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pit

noun

Definition of pit

  1. :  the stone of a drupaceous fruit



Origin of pit

Dutch, from Middle Dutch — more at pith


First Known Use: 1841


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pit

verb

Definition of pit

pittedpitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove the pit from (a fruit)



1906

First Known Use of pit

1906

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


Pit

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geographical name \ˈpit\

Definition of Pit

  1. river N California flowing SW into the Sacramento





PIT Defined for Kids

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pit

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noun \ˈpit\

Definition of pit for Students

  1. 1 :  a cavity or hole in the ground usually made by digging <a gravel pit>

  2. 2 :  an area set off from and often sunken below surrounding areas <a barbecue pit> <a theater's orchestra pit>

  3. 3 :  a small hole or dent on a surface

  4. 4 pits plural :  something very bad <Being sick is the pits.>

pitted \ˈpi-təd\ adjective



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pit

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verb

Definition of pit for Students

pittedpitting

  1. 1 :  to make small holes or dents in

  2. 2 :  to set against another in a fight or contest <The former teammates were pitted against each other.>




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pit

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noun

Definition of pit for Students

  1. :  a hard seed or stone of a fruit (as a peach or cherry)




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pit

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verb

Definition of pit for Students

pittedpitting

  1. :  to remove the pit from





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