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pit

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noun \ˈpit\

Definition of pit

  1. 1a (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. 2a :  hell 1a —used with theb :  a place or situation of futility, misery, or degradationc pits plural :  worst it's the pits

  3. 3 :  a hollow or indentation especially in the surface of an organism: such asa :  a natural hollow in the surface of the bodyb :  one of the indented scars left in the skin by a pustular disease :  pockmarkc :  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 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

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

  3. 2a :  to set (fighting birds, such as gamecocks) into or as if into a pit to fightb :  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

First Known Use of pit

15th century


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pit

noun

Definition of pit

  1. :  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

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

First Known Use of pit

1879

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


Pit

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geographical name \ˈpit\

Definition of Pit

  1. river in northern California flowing southwest into the Sacramento River



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

pitted

;

pitting

  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

pitted

;

pitting

  1. :  to remove the pit from


Medical Dictionary

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pit

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noun \ˈpit\

Medical Definition of pit

  1. :  a hollow or indentation especially in a surface of an organism: asa:  a natural hollow in the surface of the bodyb:  one of the indented scars left in the skin by a pustular disease :  pockmarkc:  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

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make pits in; especially :  to scar or mark with pits a face pitted by acne

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  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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