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pit

Noun

1 a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body" [syn: cavity]
2 a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression) [syn: fossa]
3 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" [syn: stone, endocarp]
4 a trap in the form of a concealed hole [syn: pitfall]
5 a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'" [syn: quarry, stone pit]
6 lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers [syn: orchestra pit]
7 a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it [syn: colliery]

Verb

1 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" [syn: oppose, match, play off]
2 mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently" [syn: scar, mark, pock]
3 remove the pits from; "pit plums and cherries" [syn: stone] [also: pitting, pitted]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /'pɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Etymology 1

pytt

Noun

  1. A hole in the ground.
  2. A seed inside a fruit; a stone or pip (Eng.) inside a fruit.
  3. A shell in a drupe containing a seed.
  4. Area at the auto racetrack used for refueling and repairing the cars during a race
  5. A section of the marching band containing mallet percussion instruments and other large percussion instruments too large to march, such as the tam tam. Also, the area on the sidelines where these instruments are placed.
  6. A mine
  7. (archaeology) A hole or trench in the ground, excavated according to grid coordinates, so that the provenance of any feature observed and any specimen or artifact revealed may be established by precise measurement.
Translations
a hole
the stone of a drupaceous fruit
an area for racing cars
  • Dutch: pit
  • German: Box
  • Italian: box

Etymology 2

From pit

Verb

  1. To bring into opposition, as in "to pit one's wits against someone".
  2. To make pits in.
    Exposure to acid rain pitted the metal.
  3. To remove the stone from a stone fruit or the shell from a drupe.
    One must pit a peach to make it ready for a pie.
  4. In the context of "intransitive|motor racing": To return to the pits during a race for refuelling, tyre changes, repairs etc.
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Etymology

Latin pectus. Compare Italian petto, Portuguese peito, Romanian piept, Spanish pecho

Noun

pit

Dutch

Noun

pit
  1. A seed inside a fruit.
  2. Spirit
    • 'Hij heeft pit' : He has something going for him.

Pronunciation

  • pɪt

Irish

Noun

pit

Declension

Scots

Pronunciation

  • /pɪt/

Verb

  1. to put

Synonyms

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

pit , gen pite, pl pitean
  1. The female external genitalia, the vulva.
  2. cunt, pussy

Extensive Definition

Pit may refer to:
As a proper noun, Pit can refer to:
Pit can be short for:
PIT can refer to:
pit in German: Schacht
pit in Esperanto: PIT
pit in Spanish: hoyo
pit in French: PIT
pit in Italian: PIT
pit in Japanese: PIT
pit in Japanese: ピット

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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