pit stop


Definition of pit stop

1 : a stop at the pits during an automobile race
2a(1) : a stop (as during a trip) for fuel, food, or rest or for use of a restroom
(2) : a temporary deviation from a direct or usual course a career pit stop … where he worked temporarily in between TV jobs— Mark Lorando
b(1) : a place where a pit stop is or can be made
(2) : an establishment providing food or drink

Examples of pit stop in a Sentence

We made a pit stop for some food before getting back on the highway. This little town is an ideal pit stop between the two cities.
Recent Examples on the Web Graham Rahal's day was ruined when his left rear tire came off his Honda coming back onto the track after making a pit stop on lap 118 of 200. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 30 May 2021 The pole-sitter and betting favorite ran into trouble on his first pit stop and never fully recovered Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2021 Scott Dixon's perfect Indianapolis 500 fell apart when the six-time IndyCar Series champion ran out of gas before his first pit stop Sunday. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 That Enduro race lasted 70 minutes with one pit stop, and included 13 teams. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2021 Graham Rahal, who led 18 laps, crashed out on Lap 119 after his pit crew failed to properly attach left rear tire on a pit stop. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2021 With twin rest stops on each side of the highway, the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor is best known as a place to pull off for a pit stop in the Coast Range. oregonlive, 29 May 2021 Duncan’s carried him to the United States mainland, where a 19-season pit stop in San Antonio led to a spot in basketball immortality. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 Kevin Harvick overcame a tire mishap on a late pit stop and took advantage of some chaos on the final restart to finish second. Dave Skretta, orlandosentinel.com, 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of pit stop

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pit stop was in 1915

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14 Jun 2021

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“Pit stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pit%20stop. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pit stop

: a stop for fuel and minor repairs during a car race
: a short stop during a journey for rest or food or to use a bathroom
: a place for making such a stop


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