pit·​ting ˈpi-tiŋ How to pronounce pitting (audio)
: an arrangement of pits
: the action or process of forming pits
: the bringing of gamecocks together to fight

Examples of pitting in a Sentence

The car's paint showed some pitting from flying gravel. Her face had some minor pitting from the chicken pox.
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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitting was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Pitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitting. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


present participle of pit

Medical Definition


: the action or process of forming pits (as in acned skin, a tooth, or a dental restoration)
: the formation of a depression or indentation in living tissue that is produced by pressure with a finger or blunt instrument and disappears only slowly following release of the pressure in some forms of edema

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