pit·​ting | \ ˈpi-tiŋ How to pronounce pitting (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 13 May 2021 Instead, Da-Rin creates tension not as a simplistic pitting of the old against the new, so to speak, but as a constant generational negotiation and series of concessions motivated by familial love. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 The body came out flat and smooth, with no rust and only very minor pitting. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020 One of the juicier possibilities involves them getting into the postseason as a National League wild-card team and playing the Nationals in a do-or-die game pitting manager Joe Maddon against his protege, Dave Martinez. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 24 Aug. 2019 The body came out flat and smooth, with only minor pitting. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pitting

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Pitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitting. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pitting

: small holes or dents on a surface



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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