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pit 1

 (pĭt)
n.
1. A natural or artificial hole or cavity in the ground.
2.
a. An excavation for the removal of mineral deposits; a mine.
b. The shaft of a mine.
3. A concealed hole in the ground used as a trap; a pitfall.
4. A small indentation in a surface: pits in a windshield.
5.
a. A natural hollow or depression in the body or an organ.
b. A small indented scar left in the skin by smallpox or other eruptive disease; a pockmark.
c. Zoology Either of a pair of depressions between the nostril and the eye of a pit viper that contain heat-sensing organs.
d. Botany A cavity in the wall of a plant cell where there is no secondary wall, as in fibers, tracheids, and vessel elements.
e. Informal An armpit.
6. An enclosed, usually sunken area in which animals, such as dogs or gamecocks, are placed for fighting.
7.
a. The section directly in front of and below the stage of a theater, in which the musicians sit.
b. Chiefly British The ground floor of a theater behind the stalls.
8.
a. The section of an exchange where trading in a specific commodity is carried on.
b. The gambling area of a casino.
9.
a. A sunken area in a garage floor from which mechanics may work on cars.
b. often pits Sports An area beside an auto racecourse where cars may be refueled or serviced during a race: pulled into the pits to have the tires rotated.
10.
a. Hell. Used with the.
b. A miserable or depressing place or situation.
c. pits Slang The worst. Used with the: "New York politics are the pits" (Washington Star).
11. Football The middle areas of the defensive and offensive lines.
v. pit·ted, pit·ting, pits
v.tr.
1. To mark with cavities, depressions, or scars: a surface pitted with craters.
2. To set in direct opposition or competition: a war that pitted brother against brother.
3. To place, bury, or store in a pit.
v.intr.
1. To become marked with pits.
2. To retain an impression after being indented. Used of the skin.
3. To stop at a refueling area during an auto race.

[Middle English, from Old English pytt, ultimately from Latin puteus, well; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

pit 2

 (pĭt)
n.
The single central kernel or stone of certain fruits, such as a peach or cherry.
tr.v. pit·ted, pit·ting, pits
To extract the pit from (a fruit).

[Dutch, from Middle Dutch.]

pit

(pɪt)
n
1. a large, usually deep opening in the ground
2. (Mining & Quarrying)
a. a mine or excavation with a shaft, esp for coal
b. the shaft in a mine
c. (as modifier): pit pony; pit prop.
3. a concealed danger or difficulty
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the pit hell
5. (Theatre) Also called: orchestra pit the area that is occupied by the orchestra in a theatre, located in front of the stage
6. (General Sporting Terms) an enclosure for fighting animals or birds, esp gamecocks
7. (Anatomy) anatomy
a. a small natural depression on the surface of a body, organ, structure, or part; fossa
b. the floor of any natural bodily cavity: the pit of the stomach.
8. (Pathology) pathol a small indented scar at the site of a former pustule; pockmark
9. (Botany) any of various small areas in a plant cell wall that remain unthickened when the rest of the cell becomes lignified, esp the vascular tissue
10. (Motor Racing) a working area at the side of a motor-racing track for servicing or refuelling vehicles
11. (Stock Exchange) a section on the floor of a commodity exchange devoted to a special line of trading
12. (Card Games) a rowdy card game in which players bid for commodities
13. (Athletics (Track & Field)) an area of sand or other soft material at the end of a long-jump approach, behind the bar of a pole vault, etc, on which an athlete may land safely
14. (Theatre) the ground floor of the auditorium of a theatre
15. Brit a slang word for bed1, bedroom1
16. (Hunting) another word for pitfall2
vb, pits, pitting or pitted
17. (often foll by: against) to match in opposition, esp as antagonists
18. (Pathology) to mark or become marked with pits
19. (tr) to place or bury in a pit
[Old English pytt, from Latin puteus; compare Old French pet, Old High German pfuzzi]

pit

(pɪt)
n
(Plants) the stone of a cherry, plum, etc
vb, pits, pitting or pitted
(Cookery) (tr) to extract the stone from (a fruit)
[C19: from Dutch: kernel; compare pith]

pit

(pɪt)
vb
a Scot word for put

pit1

(pɪt)

n., v. pit•ted, pit•ting. n.
1. a hole or cavity in the ground.
2. a covered or concealed excavation in the ground, serving as a trap.
3.
a. an excavation made in exploring for or removing a mineral deposit, as by open-cut methods.
b. the shaft of a coal mine.
c. the mine itself.
4. the abode of evil spirits and lost souls; hell.
5. the pits, Slang. an extremely unpleasant or depressing place, condition, etc.
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.
9. an enclosure for staging fights, esp. between dogs or cocks.
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.
12.
a. all that part of the main floor of a theater behind the musicians.
13. an area at the side of a racing track, for servicing and refueling the cars.
v.t.
14. to mark or indent with pits or depressions.
15. to scar with pockmarks.
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.
v.i.
19. to become marked with pits or depressions.
20. (of body tissue) to retain temporarily a mark of pressure, as by a finger.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English pytt < Latin puteus well, pit]

pit2

(pɪt)

n., v. pit•ted, pit•ting. n.
1. the stone of a fruit, as of a cherry, peach, or plum.
v.t.
2. to remove the pit from (a fruit).
[1835–45, Amer.; < Dutch: kernel; c. pith]

pit

(pĭt)
The hard, central part of certain fruits, such as a peach or cherry, usually containing a single seed; a stone.

pit


Past participle: pitted
Gerund: pitting

Imperative
pit
pit
Present
I pit
you pit
he/she/it pits
we pit
you pit
they pit
Preterite
I pitted
you pitted
he/she/it pitted
we pitted
you pitted
they pitted
Present Continuous
I am pitting
you are pitting
he/she/it is pitting
we are pitting
you are pitting
they are pitting
Present Perfect
I have pitted
you have pitted
he/she/it has pitted
we have pitted
you have pitted
they have pitted
Past Continuous
I was pitting
you were pitting
he/she/it was pitting
we were pitting
you were pitting
they were pitting
Past Perfect
I had pitted
you had pitted
he/she/it had pitted
we had pitted
you had pitted
they had pitted
Future
I will pit
you will pit
he/she/it will pit
we will pit
you will pit
they will pit
Future Perfect
I will have pitted
you will have pitted
he/she/it will have pitted
we will have pitted
you will have pitted
they will have pitted
Future Continuous
I will be pitting
you will be pitting
he/she/it will be pitting
we will be pitting
you will be pitting
they will be pitting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pitting
you have been pitting
he/she/it has been pitting
we have been pitting
you have been pitting
they have been pitting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pitting
you will have been pitting
he/she/it will have been pitting
we will have been pitting
you will have been pitting
they will have been pitting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pitting
you had been pitting
he/she/it had been pitting
we had been pitting
you had been pitting
they had been pitting
Conditional
I would pit
you would pit
he/she/it would pit
we would pit
you would pit
they would pit
Past Conditional
I would have pitted
you would have pitted
he/she/it would have pitted
we would have pitted
you would have pitted
they would have pitted

pit

The seating area on the lower level of the auditorium (now more frequently called the stalls). An orchestra pit is a lowered area in front of a proscenium for musicians.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pit - a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)pit - a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body"
trou-de-loup - a sloping pit with a stake in the middle used as an obstacle to the enemy
barbecue pit - a pit where wood or charcoal is burned to make a bed of hot coals suitable for barbecuing meat
borrow pit - a pit created to provide earth that can be used as fill at another site
divot - (golf) the cavity left when a piece of turf is cut from the ground by the club head in making a stroke; "it was a good drive but the ball ended up in a divot"
fire pit - a pit whose floor is incandescent lava; "the fire pit of the crater"
hollow, hole - a depression hollowed out of solid matter
quicksand - a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down
sandpit - a large pit in sandy ground from which sand is dug
sawpit - a pit over which lumber is positioned to be sawed by two men with a long two-handed saw
tar pit - a natural accumulation of bitumens at the surface of the earth; often acts as a trap for animals whose bones are thus preserved
2.pit - a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)pit - a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
glenoid cavity, glenoid fossa - the concavity in the head of the scapula that receives the head of the humerus to form the shoulder joint
glenoid fossa, mandibular fossa - a deep concavity in the temporal bone at the root of the zygomatic arch that receives the condyle of the mandible
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
epigastric fossa, pit of the stomach - a slight depression in the midline just below the sternum (where a blow can affect the solar plexus)
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature - a shape that curves or bends inward
3.pit - 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"
pericarp, seed vessel - the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
peach pit - the stone seed of a peach
cherry stone - the stone seed of a cherry
4.pit - (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evilpit - (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
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
Gehenna, Tartarus - a place where the wicked are punished after death
hellfire, red region - a place of eternal fire envisaged as punishment for the damned
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
5.pit - an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
cockpit - a pit for cockfights
enclosure - a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
6.pit - (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
commodities exchange, commodities market, commodity exchange - an exchange for buying and selling commodities for future delivery
7.pit - (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
auto racing, car racing - the sport of racing automobiles
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
8.pit - a trap in the form of a concealed hole
trap - a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
9.pit - a surface excavation for extracting stone or slatepit - a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
chalk pit, chalkpit - a quarry for chalk
excavation - a hole in the ground made by excavating
gravel pit - a quarry for gravel
10.pit - lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performerspit - lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
11.pit - a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with itpit - a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
coal mine, coalpit - a mine where coal is dug from the ground
mine - excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
workplace, work - a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
Verb1.pit - set into opposition or rivalrypit - 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"
confront, face - oppose, as in hostility or a competition; "You must confront your opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally confronted each other"
2.pit - mark with a scarpit - mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
nock, score, mark - make small marks into the surface of; "score the clay before firing it"
blemish, deface, disfigure - mar or spoil the appearance of; "scars defaced her cheeks"; "The vandals disfigured the statue"
pockmark - mark with or as if with pockmarks; "Her face was pockmarked by the disease"
cicatrise, cicatrize - form a scar, after an injury; "the skin will cicatrize and it will heal soon"
3.pit - remove the pits from; "pit plums and cherries"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

pit

noun
1. coal mine, mine, shaft, colliery, mine shaft Up to ten pits and ten-thousand jobs could be lost.
2. hole, gulf, depression, hollow, trench, crater, trough, cavity, abyss, chasm, excavation, pothole He lost his footing and began to slide into the pit.
3. pockmark, depression, hollow, dent, indentation, dimple He could see shallow pits in her skin.
verb
1. scar, mark, hole, nick, notch, dent, gouge, indent, dint, pockmark The plaster was pitted and the paint scuffed.
pit something or someone against something or someone set against, oppose, match against, measure against, put in competition with, put in opposition to You will be pitted against people as good as you are.
the pits
1. terrible, the worst, awful, dreadful, unspeakable, grotty (Brit. informal), the lowest of the low, extremely bad This place is the pits!

pit 1

noun
1. An area sunk below its surroundings:
2. A place known for its great filth or corruption:
Slang: armpit.
verb
To place in opposition or be in opposition to:
Idioms: bump heads with, meet head-on, set at odds, set at someone's throat, trade blows.

pit 2

noun
A fertilized plant ovule capable of germinating:
Translations
حُفْرَة مَنْجَم المعادِنحُفْرَه، هُوَّهنَواةيَتَبارىيَنْزَع النَّواة
peckajámaodpeckovatpostavitšachta
=-minedepothulminepit
kivikuoppasiemenvarikko
gödörverem
lubang
ávaxtasteinnetjagryfjanámataka stein/kjarna úr ávexti
bedreizņemt kauliņukarjerskauliņšraktuves
groapă
jamakoščicarudnik
boy ölçüştürmekçekirdeğini çıkarmakçekirdekçukurikmal noktası

pit

1 [pɪt]
A. N
1. (= hole in ground) → hoyo m, foso m; (as grave) → fosa f; (as trap) → trampa f (fig) → abismo m
he felt himself in a pit of despairse hallaba sumido en un abismo de desesperación
the pit (= hell) → el infierno
the pit of helllo más profundo del infierno
the pit of one's stomachla boca del estómago
see also bear 1
see also clay, gravel, snake
2. (Min) → mina f (de carbón); (= quarry) → cantera f
to go down the pit(s) (lit) → bajar a la mina; (= start work there) → ir a trabajar a la mina
3. (Aut) (also inspection pit) → foso m de reparación
4. the pits
4.1. (Motor racing) → los boxes
4.2. (US) to be in the pits [person, economy] → estar por los suelos
4.3. (Brit) (= awful) this town really is the pitseste pueblo es para echarse a llorar
he's the pitses insoportable
5. (Brit) (Theat) the pitel patio de butacas, la platea
see also orchestra B
6. (for cockfighting) → cancha f, reñidero m
7. (US) (St Ex) → parquet m de la Bolsa
the cotton pitla bolsa del algodón
8. (= small depression) (in metal, glass) → muesca f, marca f; (on face) → marca f, picadura f
9. (Brit) (= bed) → catre m, piltra f (Sp)
B. VT
1. (= mark) [+ surface] → picar, marcar
a car pitted with rustun coche con marcas de óxido
his face was pitted with pockmarkstenía la cara picada de viruelas
the tarmac was pitted with cratersla calzada estaba llena de hoyos
2. (fig) her argument is pitted with flawssu argumento está plagado de defectos
C. CPD pit bull (terrier) Npit bull terrier m, bull terrier m de pelea
pit closure Ncierre m de pozos (mineros)
pit lane N (Motor racing) → recta f de boxes
pit pony N poney usado antiguamente en las minas
pit stop N (Motor racing) → entrada f en boxes (on journey) → parada f en ruta
to make a pit stop (Motor racing) → entrar en boxes (on journey) → hacer una parada
pit worker Nminero/a m/f
pit against VT + PREPenfrentar con
the war pitted American against Americanla guerra enfrentó a americanos con americanos
salesmen are pitted against each othera los vendedores se los enfrenta
he was pitting himself against the authoritiesse estaba enfrentando a las autoridades
to pit one's strength against sbmedir sus fuerzas con algn
to pit one's wits against sbponer a prueba su inteligencia frente a algn
here is your chance to pit your wits against the expertses tu oportunidad de poner a prueba tu inteligencia frente a los expertos

pit

2 [pɪt] (US)
A. N (in fruit) → pepita f, hueso m, pepa f (esp LAm)
B. VTdeshuesar, quitar el hueso a

pit

[ˈpɪt]
n
(= hole in the ground) → trou m, fosse f
They dug a pit to bury the bodies in → Ils ont creusé une fosse or un trou pour y enterrer les cadavres.
(in road)trou m
I'm trying to avoid all these pits in the road → J'essaie d'éviter tous ces trous sur la route.
(also coal pit) → puits m de mine
to work in the pit → travailler à la mine
(also orchestra pit) → fosse f
(US) (= fruit stone) → noyau m
the pit of one's stomach → le creux de l'estomac
to have a funny feeling in the pit of one's stomach → avoir une curieuse sensation au creux de l'estomac
modif [closure] → de la mine; [closures] → de mines; [strike] → des mineurs pit pony pits
npl
the pits (in motor racing)les stands mpl
to be the pits → être nul
pit against
vt sep
to pit sb against sb → opposer qn à qn
to pit o.s. against → se mesurer à
to pit one's wits against sb → se mesurer à qn
to be pitted against → être opposé à

pit

:
pit pony
nGrubenpony nt
pit prop
nGrubenstempel m

pit

1
n
(= hole)Grube f; (Brit: = coal mine) → Zeche f, → Grube f; (= quarry)Steinbruch m; (= trap)Fallgrube f; (in zoo etc) → Grube f; (for cock-fighting) → (Kampf)arena f; (of stomach)Magengrube f; to have a sinking feeling in the pit of one’s stomachein ungutes Gefühl in der Magengegend haben; it makes me feel sick to the pit of my stomachda kommt mir die Galle hoch; to go down the pitBergmann or Bergarbeiter werden; he works down the pit(s)er arbeitet unter Tage; the pit (= hell)die Hölle ? bottomless
(Aut, in garage) → Grube f; (Sport) (for long jump) → Sprunggrube f; (for high jump) → Sprunghügel m; the pits (Motor Racing) → die Box; to make a pit stopeinen Boxenstopp machen
(Theat) (Brit: usu pl: for audience) → Parkett nt; (= orchestra pit)Orchestergraben mor -versenkung for -raum m
(US St Ex) → Börsensaal m
(= scar) (on ceramics) → Vertiefung f; (on skin) → Narbe f
the pits (inf: = very bad) → das Allerletzte
(inf: = bed) → Falle f (inf)
vt
the surface of the moon is pitted with small cratersdie Mondoberfläche ist mit kleinen Kratern übersät; where the meteorites have pitted the surfacewo die Meteoriten Einschläge hinterlassen haben; his face was pitted with smallpox scarssein Gesicht war voller Pockennarben; the underside of the car was pitted with rust holesdie Unterseite des Wagens war mit Rostlöchern übersät; a pitted road surfaceeine mit Schlaglöchern übersäte Fahrbahn
to pit one’s strength/wits against somebody/somethingseine Kraft/seinen Verstand an jdm/etw messen; to pit oneself against somebodyden Kampf gegen jdn aufnehmen; in the next round A is pitted against Bin der nächsten Runde stehen sich A und B gegenüber; they are clearly pitting their new model against oursmit ihrem neuen Modell nehmen sie offensichtlich den Kampf gegen uns auf

pit

2 (US)
nStein m
vtentsteinen

pit

1 [pɪt]
1. n
a. (hole in ground) → buca, fossa; (on moon) → cratere m; (coalmine) → miniera di carbone; (quarry) → cava; (to trap animals) → buca
in the pit of one's stomach → alla bocca dello stomaco
he works down the pit → lavora in miniera
b. (Aut) (in garage) → fossa (Motor racing) → box m inv
c. (Brit) (Theatre) → platea
2. vt
a. (subj, chickenpox) → butterare; (rust) → corrodere in più punti
b. to pit A against Bcontrapporre A a B
to pit one's wits against sb → misurarsi contro qn

pit

2 [pɪt] n (in fruit) → nocciolo, seme m

pit1

(pit) noun
1. a large hole in the ground. The campers dug a pit for their rubbish.
2. a place from which minerals are dug, especially a coal-mine. a chalk-pit; He works at/down the pit.
3. a place beside a motor race track for repairing and refuelling racing cars. The leading car has gone into the pit(s).
verbpast tense, past participle ˈpitted
(with against) to set (a person or thing) against another in a fight, competition etc. He was pitted against a much stronger man.
ˈpitfall noun
a possible danger. She has managed to avoid most of the pitfalls of life.

pit2

(pit) noun
the hard stone of a peach, cherry etc.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈpitted
to remove the stone from (a peach, cherry etc).

pit

n. hueco, hoyo; [seed] semilla de frutas.
References in classic literature ?
So forcibly did he dwell upon this symbol, for the hour or more during which his periods were rolling over the people's heads, that it assumed new terrors in their imagination, and seemed to derive its scarlet hue from the flames of the infernal pit.
go down to the fiery pit itself, in order to keep out this frost?
Witness, too, all human beings, how when herded together in the sheepfold of a theatre's pit, they will, at the slightest alarm of fire, rush helter-skelter for the outlets, crowding, trampling, jamming, and remorselessly dashing each other to death.
It pinches all round, for that matter," said Polly, "for it's only half Sunday without you, but you know we should do to other people as we should like they should do to us; and I know very well what I should like if my mother was dying; and Jerry, dear, I am sure it won't break the Sabbath; for if pulling a poor beast or donkey out of a pit would not spoil it, I am quite sure taking poor Dinah would not do it.
Jurgis had stood with the rest up in the gallery and watched the men on the killing beds, marveling at their speed and power as if they had been wonderful machines; it somehow never occurred to one to think of the flesh-and-blood side of it--that is, not until he actually got down into the pit and took off his coat.
No; the raggedest tramp in the pit would smile at the idea.
It was true; all the six tiers were filled, and remained so to the end--which suggested that it is not only balcony people who like Shakespeare in Germany, but those of the pit and gallery, too.
It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out.
And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?
Then, if you hear of me being discovered dead in a bog or a pit full of snow, your conscience won't whisper that it is partly your fault?
With that reply, Miss Garth took out her work, and seated herself, on guard, in the center of the pit.
I spoke from the pit of my stomach for the rest of the journey, but I felt completely extinguished, and dreadfully young.