WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pit1 /pɪt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  pit•ted, pit•ting. 
n. [countable]
  1. a hole or cavity in the ground.
  2. a hidden hole in the ground, serving as a trap.
  3. Mining
    • a large, deep hole in the ground made for looking for or removing a mineral deposit, as coal or gas;
      a shaft.
    • the mine itself.
  4. Slang Termsthe pits, [be + ~]an extremely unpleasant or depressing place, condition, etc.:Living there was the pits.
  5. a hollow, hole, or depression in a surface or body:a road with bumps and pits all through it.
  6. Pathologya small depressed scar on the skin;
    pockmark:a small line of pits on her forehead.
  7. a closed-off area for staging fights, esp. between dogs or cocks.
  8. Businessa part of the floor of a stock exchange where trading takes place.
  9. Sportan area at the side of a car racing track, used for servicing and refueling the cars.

v. [+ object]
  1. to mark or indent with pits;
    to scar with pockmarks.
  2. to set (two opponents) in combat:The candidates were pitted against each other.

pit2 /pɪt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  pit•ted, pit•ting. 
n. [countable]
  1. Botany, Dialect Termsthe stone of a fruit, as of a cherry, peach, or plum.

v. [+ object]
  1. Dialect Termsto remove the pit from (a fruit).

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pit1  (pit),USA pronunciation n., v.,  pit•ted, pit•ting. 
n. 
  1. a naturally formed or excavated hole or cavity in the ground:pits caused by erosion; clay pits.
  2. a covered or concealed excavation in the ground, serving as a trap.
  3. Mining
    • 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.
  4. the abode of evil spirits and lost souls;
    hell:an evil inspiration from the pit.
  5. Slang Termsthe pits, an extremely unpleasant, boring, or depressing place, condition, person, etc.;
    the absolute worst:When you're alone, Christmas is the pits.
  6. a hollow or indentation in a surface:glass flawed by pits.
  7. Anatomya natural hollow or depression in the body:the pit of the back.
  8. Informal Termspits, the armpits:up to my pits in work.
  9. Pathologya small, depressed scar, as one of those left on the skin after smallpox or chicken pox.
  10. an enclosure, usually below the level of the spectators, as for staging fights between dogs, cocks, or, formerly, bears.
  11. Business(in a commodity exchange) a part of the floor of the exchange where trading in a particular commodity takes place:the corn pit.
  12. Architecture, Show Business
    • all that part of the main floor of a theater behind the musicians.
    • British Termsthe main floor of a theater behind the stalls.
    • orchestra (def. 2a).
  13. Building(in a hoistway) a space below the level of the lowest floor served.
  14. Sport[Auto Racing.]an area at the side of a track, for servicing and refueling the cars.
  15. Sport[Bowling.]the sunken area of a bowling alley behind the pins, for the placement or recovery of pins that have been knocked down.
  16. Sport[Track.]the area forward of the takeoff point in a jumping event, as the broad jump or pole vault, that is filled with sawdust or soft earth to lessen the force of the jumper's landing.
  17. Gamesthe area or room of a casino containing gambling tables.

v.t. 
  1. to mark or indent with pits or depressions:ground pitted by erosion.
  2. Pathologyto scar with pockmarks:His forehead was pitted by chicken pox.
  3. to place or bury in a pit, as for storage.
  4. to set in opposition or combat, as one against another.
  5. to put (animals) in a pit or enclosure for fighting.

v.i. 
  1. to become marked with pits or depressions.
  2. Anatomy(of body tissue) to retain temporarily a mark of pressure, as by a finger, instrument, etc.
  • Latin puteus well, pit, shaft; (verb, verbal) derivative of the noun, nominal
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English pytt
    • 21.See corresponding entry in Unabridged match, oppose.

pit2  (pit),USA pronunciation n., v.,  pit•ted, pit•ting. [Chiefly Northern U.S.]
n. 
  1. Botany, Dialect Termsthe stone of a fruit, as of a cherry, peach, or plum.

v.t. 
  1. Dialect Termsto remove the pit from (a fruit or fruits):to pit cherries for a pie.
  • Dutch: kernel; cognate with pith
  • 1835–45, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pit /pɪt/ n
  1. a large, usually deep opening in the ground
  2. a mine or excavation with a shaft, esp for coal
  3. the shaft in a mine
  4. (as modifier): pit pony, pit prop
  5. a concealed danger or difficulty
  6. the pithell
  7. Also called: orchestra pit the area that is occupied by the orchestra in a theatre, located in front of the stage
  8. an enclosure for fighting animals or birds, esp gamecocks
  9. a small natural depression on the surface of a body, organ, structure, or part; fossa
  10. the floor of any natural bodily cavity: the pit of the stomach
  11. a small indented scar at the site of a former pustule; pockmark
  12. a working area at the side of a motor-racing track for servicing or refuelling vehicles
  13. a section on the floor of a commodity exchange devoted to a special line of trading
  14. the ground floor of the auditorium of a theatre
  15. another word for pitfall
vb (pits, pitting, pitted)
  1. (transitive) often followed by against: to match in opposition, esp as antagonists
  2. to mark or become marked with pits
  3. (transitive) to place or bury in a pit

See also pitsEtymology: Old English pytt, from Latin puteus; compare Old French pet, Old High German pfuzzi
pit /pɪt/ chiefly US Canadian n
  1. the stone of a cherry, plum, etc
vb (pits, pitting, pitted)
  1. (transitive) to extract the stone from (a fruit)
Etymology: 19th Century: from Dutch: kernel; compare pith



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