pitting

noun
pit·​ting | \ˈpi-tiŋ \

Definition of pitting 

1 : an arrangement of pits

2 : the action or process of forming pits

3 : 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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The body came out flat and smooth, with only minor pitting. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Restore Your Rusted Old Tools," 9 Mar. 2018 The rust caused small perforations known as corrosion pitting, which eventually formed a crack that snapped under the weight of a passing train. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro offers defense on recent safety issues," 8 Mar. 2018 The other race sparking interest is the primary pitting incumbent Sid Miller against Trey Blocker and Jim Hogan. Houston Chronicle, "5 things to watch in Tuesday's Texas primaries," 6 Mar. 2018 Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in Atlanta on Sept. 2, just the fourth opener involving top-five teams and the first pitting teams ranked in the top three. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year," 21 Aug. 2017 Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in Atlanta on Sept. 2, just the fourth opener involving top-five teams and the first pitting teams ranked in the top three. Ralph D. Russo, chicagotribune.com, "Top 25 poll: Alabama starts No. 1 for 2nd straight year," 21 Aug. 2017 Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in Atlanta on Sept. 2, just the fourth opener involving top-five teams and the first pitting teams ranked in the top three. Staff And Wire Reports, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU leads four state teams in the AP preseason Top 25 poll," 21 Aug. 2017 The current walls were built between 1929 and 1939 and are considered to be in fair condition, with some superficial cracking and pitting. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport takes steps to add 9-inch cap to Balboa Island seawalls," 9 Aug. 2017 The ease of pitting makes Corals and pies or jam a relationship worth exploring. Lesley Stiles, The Mercury News, "Produce Picks: Sublime Coral cherries have arrived," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of pitting

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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pitting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pitting

: small holes or dents on a surface

pitting

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Medical Definition of pitting 

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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