pitting

noun

pit·​ting ˈpi-tiŋ How to pronounce pitting (audio)
1
: an arrangement of pits
2
: the action or process of forming pits
3
: the bringing of gamecocks together to fight

Example Sentences

The car's paint showed some pitting from flying gravel. Her face had some minor pitting from the chicken pox.
Recent Examples on the Web To avoid pitting or other damage to the surface, never use abrasive tools, harsh cleaning products, or acidic ingredients such as vinegar or lemon juice to clean these sinks. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2022 To avoid pitting or other damage to the surface, never use abrasive tools, harsh cleaning products, or acidic ingredients such as vinegar or lemon juice to clean these sinks. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2022 To avoid pitting or other damage to the surface, never use abrasive tools, harsh cleaning products, or acidic ingredients such as vinegar or lemon juice to clean these sinks. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2022 The severe temperature and pressure also blew off the ground strap at the end of the spark plug, and even the cast-iron cylinder liner showed some pitting. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2022 Chicago’s Council Wars erupted May 2, 1983, when 29 aldermen realized the power of a favorite scenario of political science professors: the pitting of a weak mayor against a strong City Council. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2022 But psoriatic arthritis can cause other health issues, too, including fatigue, nail pitting, and eye pain. Cassie Shortsleeve, Good Housekeeping, 27 Aug. 2021 Mark Donahue won a 200-miler, short-pitting in a Penske AMC Javelin by starting on low fuel and stopping ahead of everyone else with a clear pit road. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 Any damage from moisture problems, oil contamination or pitting will be fixed prior to painting. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

pitting

present participle of pit

Medical Definition

pitting

noun

1
: the action or process of forming pits (as in acned skin, a tooth, or a dental restoration)
2
: 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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