pithead

noun

pit·​head ˈpit-ˌhed How to pronounce pithead (audio)
chiefly British
: the top of a mining pit or coal shaft
also : the immediately adjacent ground and buildings

Examples of pithead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The iconic image of Shaft XII’s pithead is scattered throughout the city of Essen as an unofficial trademark of the Ruhr region. Sara Schonhardt, Scientific American, 4 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pithead was in 1749

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“Pithead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pithead. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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