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pit

noun \ ˈpit \

Definition of pit

1 a (1) :a hole, shaft, or cavity in the ground
(2) :mine
(3) :a scooped-out place used for burning something (such as charcoal)
b :an area often sunken or depressed below the adjacent floor area: such 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 (such as stocks)
2 a :hell 1a used with the
b :a place or situation of futility, misery, or degradation
c pits plural :worst
  • it's the pits
3 :a hollow or indentation especially in the surface of an organism: such 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 :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 and Etymology of pit

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


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pit

verb

Definition of pit

pitted; pitting
transitive verb
1 a :to place, cast, bury, or store in a pit
b :to make pits in; especially :to scar or mark with pits
2 a :to set (fighting birds, such as gamecocks) into or as if into a pit to fight
b :to set into opposition or rivalry usually used with against
intransitive verb
1 :to become marked with pits; especially :to preserve for a time an indentation made by pressure
2 :to make a pit stop

First Known Use of pit

15th century


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pit

noun

Definition of pit

:the stone of a drupaceous fruit

Origin and Etymology of pit

Dutch, from Middle Dutch — more at pith


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pit

verb

Definition of pit

pitted; pitting
transitive verb
:to remove the pit from (a fruit)

First Known Use of pit

1879

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


Pit

geographical name \ ˈpit \

Definition of Pit

river in northern California flowing southwest into the Sacramento River


PIT Defined for Kids

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pit

noun \ ˈpit \

Definition of pit for Students

1 :a cavity or hole in the ground usually made by digging
  • a gravel pit
2 :an area set off from and often sunken below surrounding areas
  • a barbecue pit
  • a theater's orchestra pit
3 :a small hole or dent on a surface
4 pits plural :something very bad
  • Being sick is the pits.

pitted

\ˈpi-təd\ adjective

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pit

verb

Definition of pit for Students

pitted; pitting
1 :to make small holes or dents in
2 :to set against another in a fight or contest
  • The former teammates were pitted against each other.

3

pit

noun

Definition of pit for Students

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

4

pit

verb

Definition of pit for Students

pitted; pitting
:to remove the pit from

Medical Dictionary

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pit

noun \ ˈpit \

medical Definition of pit

:a hollow or indentation especially in a 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 usually developmental imperfection in the enamel of a tooth that takes the form of a small pointed depression

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pit

verb

medical Definition of pit

pitted; pitting
transitive verb
:to make pits in; especially :to scar or mark with pits
  • a face pitted by acne
intransitive verb
:to become marked with pits; especially :to preserve for a time an indentation made by pressure
  • a swollen area on the gingiva which pits readily
  • —A. B. Wade


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