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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pitpɪt(n.; v.)pit•ted, pit•ting.

  1. (n.)a hole or cavity in the ground.

  2. a covered or concealed excavation in the ground, serving as a trap.

  3. an excavation made in exploring for or removing a mineral deposit, as by open-cut methods. the shaft of a coal mine. the mine itself.

    Category: Mining

  4. the abode of evil spirits and lost souls; hell.

  5. the pits,Slang. an extremely unpleasant or depressing place, condition, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  6. a hollow or indentation in a surface.

  7. a natural hollow or depression in the body:

    the pit of the back; hit in the pit of his stomach.

    Category: Anatomy

  8. Category: Pathology

    Ref: pockmark.

  9. an enclosure for staging fights, esp. between dogs or cocks.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. a place where slam dances are performed.

  11. a part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity takes place.

    Category: Business

  12. all that part of the main floor of a theater behind the musicians.

    Category: Architecture, Showbiz

    Ref: orchestra (def. 2a ). 2 1

  13. an area at the side of a racing track, for servicing and refueling the cars.

    Category: Sport

  14. (v.t.)to mark or indent with pits or depressions.

  15. to scar with pockmarks.

    Category: Pathology

  16. to place or bury in a pit, as for storage.

  17. to set in opposition or combat, as one against another.

  18. to put (animals) in a pit for fighting.

  19. (v.i.)to become marked with pits or depressions.

  20. (of body tissue) to retain temporarily a mark of pressure, as by a finger.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of pit:

bef. 900; ME; OE pytt < L puteus well, pit

pitpɪt(n.; v.)pit•ted, pit•ting.

  1. (n.)the stone of a fruit, as of a cherry, peach, or plum.

    Category: Botany, Dialect

  2. (v.t.)to remove the pit from (a fruit).

    Category: Dialect

Origin of pit:

1835–45, Amer.; < D: kernel; c. pith

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pit, cavity(noun)

    a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)

    "they dug a pit to bury the body"

  2. pit, fossa(noun)

    a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)

  3. stone, pit, endocarp(noun)

    the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed

    "you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking"

  4. Hell, perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, pit(noun)

    (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment

    "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit"; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson

  5. pit(noun)

    an enclosure in which animals are made to fight

  6. pit(noun)

    (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on

  7. pit(noun)

    (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled

  8. pit, pitfall(noun)

    a trap in the form of a concealed hole

  9. pit, quarry, stone pit(noun)

    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

    "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"

  10. orchestra pit, pit(noun)

    lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers

  11. colliery, pit(verb)

    a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it

  12. pit, oppose, match, play off(verb)

    set into opposition or rivalry

    "let them match their best athletes against ours"; "pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; "He plays his two children off against each other"

  13. scar, mark, pock, pit(verb)

    mark with a scar

    "The skin disease scarred his face permanently"

  14. pit, stone(verb)

    remove the pits from

    "pit plums and cherries"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pit(noun)ɪt

    a deep hole in the ground

    a huge pit into which the garbage was thrown

  2. pitɪt

    a large single hard seed of some fruits

    a peach pit


  1. PIT(Noun)

    Precision Immobilization Technique

  2. PIT(Noun)

    Pursuit Intervention Technique

  3. PIT(Noun)

    Parallel Immobilization Technique

    All three terms mean the same thing, a bumping technique used by U.S. police departments during car pursuits to force the pursued vehicle to abruptly turn sideways to the direction of travel, causing the driver to lose control and stop. Usually used in the phrase "PIT maneuver".

  4. PIT(Noun)

    Programmable interval timer

  5. Origin: From pit, from pitte, from pittan (compare Middle Franconian Pfitze), oblique of . Compare pith.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pit(noun)

    a large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an indentation

  2. Pit(noun)

    the shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit

  3. Pit(noun)

    a large hole in the ground from which material is dug or quarried; as, a stone pit; a gravel pit; or in which material is made by burning; as, a lime pit; a charcoal pit

  4. Pit(noun)

    a vat sunk in the ground; as, a tan pit

  5. Pit(noun)

    any abyss; especially, the grave, or hades

  6. Pit(noun)

    a covered deep hole for entrapping wild beasts; a pitfall; hence, a trap; a snare. Also used figuratively

  7. Pit(noun)

    a depression or hollow in the surface of the human body

  8. Pit(noun)

    the hollow place under the shoulder or arm; the axilla, or armpit

  9. Pit(noun)

    see Pit of the stomach (below)

  10. Pit(noun)

    the indentation or mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox

  11. Pit(noun)

    formerly, that part of a theater, on the floor of the house, below the level of the stage and behind the orchestra; now, in England, commonly the part behind the stalls; in the United States, the parquet; also, the occupants of such a part of a theater

  12. Pit(noun)

    an inclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats

  13. Pit(noun)

    the endocarp of a drupe, and its contained seed or seeds; a stone; as, a peach pit; a cherry pit, etc

  14. Pit(noun)

    a depression or thin spot in the wall of a duct

  15. Pit(verb)

    to place or put into a pit or hole

  16. Pit(verb)

    to mark with little hollows, as by various pustules; as, a face pitted by smallpox

  17. Pit(verb)

    to introduce as an antagonist; to set forward for or in a contest; as, to pit one dog against another

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PIT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2621

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PIT' in Nouns Frequency: #1499

Anagrams of PIT

  1. tpi, TPI

  2. tip

Translations for PIT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a large hole in the ground

The campers dug a pit for their rubbish.

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