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pit

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pit \Pit\, noun [OE. pit, put, AS. pytt a pit, hole, L. puteus a well, pit.]

1. A large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an indentation; specifically: (a) The shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit. (b) 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. (c) A vat sunk in the ground; as, a tan pit.

Tumble me into some loathsome pit. --Shak.

2. Any abyss; especially, the grave, or hades.

Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chained. --Milton.

He keepth back his soul from the pit. --Job xxxiii. 18.

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

The anointed of the Lord was taken in their pits. --Lam. iv. 20.

4. A depression or hollow in the surface of the human body; as: (a) The hollow place under the shoulder or arm; the axilla, or armpit. (b) See {Pit of the stomach} (below). (c) The indentation or mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.

5. 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.

6. An inclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats. "As fiercely as two gamecocks in the pit." --Locke.

7. [Cf. D. pit, akin to E. pith.] (Bot.) (a) The endocarp of a drupe, and its contained seed or seeds; a stone; as, a peach pit; a cherry pit, etc. (b) A depression or thin spot in the wall of a duct.

{Cold pit} (Hort.), an excavation in the earth, lined with masonry or boards, and covered with glass, but not artificially heated, -- used in winter for the storing and protection of half-hardly plants, and sometimes in the spring as a forcing bed.

{Pit coal}, coal dug from the earth; mineral coal.

{Pit frame}, the framework over the shaft of a coal mine.

{Pit head}, the surface of the ground at the mouth of a pit or mine.

{Pit kiln}, an oven for coking coal.

{Pit martin} (Zool.), the bank swallow. [Prov. Eng.]

{Pit of the stomach} (Anat.), the depression on the middle line of the epigastric region of the abdomen at the lower end of the sternum; the infrasternal depression.

{Pit saw} (Mech.), a saw worked by two men, one of whom stands on the log and the other beneath it. The place of the latter is often in a pit, whence the name.

{pit stop}, See {pit stop} in the vocabulary.

{Pit viper} (Zool.), any viperine snake having a deep pit on each side of the snout. The rattlesnake and copperhead are examples.

{Working pit} (Min.), a shaft in which the ore is hoisted and the workmen carried; -- in distinction from a shaft used for the pumps.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pit \Pit\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Pitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pitting}.]

1. To place or put into a pit or hole.

They lived like beasts, and were pitted like beasts, tumbled into the grave. --T. Grander.

2. To mark with little hollows, as by various pustules; as, a face pitted by smallpox.

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pit

noun

1: a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body" [syn: {pit}, {cavity}]

2: a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression) [syn: {pit}, {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}, {pit}, {endocarp}]

4: (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 [syn: {Hell}, {perdition}, {Inferno}, {infernal region}, {nether region}, {pit}] [ant: {Heaven}]

5: an enclosure in which animals are made to fight

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

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

8: a trap in the form of a concealed hole [syn: {pit}, {pitfall}]

9: a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for 'quarry' is 'stone pit'" [syn: {pit}, {quarry}, {stone pit}]

10: lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers [syn: {orchestra pit}, {pit}]

11: a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it [syn: {colliery}, {pit}]

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: {pit}, {oppose}, {match}, {play off}]

2: mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently" [syn: {scar}, {mark}, {pock}, {pit}]

3: remove the pits from; "pit plums and cherries" [syn: {pit}, {stone}]

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