pit

pit
☆ pit1 [pit ]
n.
[Du < MDu pitte, akin to PITH]
the hard stone, as of the plum, peach, or cherry, which contains the seed
vt.
pitted, pitting
to remove the pit from (a fruit)
pit2 [pit]
n.
[ME < OE pytt < early WGmc & NGmc * puttia (> ON pyttr, Ger pfütze) < L puteus, well, prob. < IE base * pēu-, to chop, cut > L pavire, to beat, strike]
1. a hole or cavity in the ground
2. an abyss
3. hell: used with the
4. a covered hole used to trap wild animals; pitfall
5. any concealed danger; trap; snare
6. an enclosed area in which animals are kept or made to fight [a bear pit]
7.
a) the shaft of a coal mine
b) the coal mine itself
8. a hollow or depression on a part of the human body [armpit]
9. a small hollow in a surface; specif., a depressed scar on the skin, as that resulting from smallpox
10. an area below floor level or ground level
11. Brit.
a) the ground floor of a theater, esp. the part at the rear
b) the spectators in that section
12. the section, often below floor level, in front of the stage, where the orchestra sits
13. the part of the floor of an exchange where a special branch of business is transacted [corn pit ]
14.
a) a work area for mechanics, often below floor level, for repairing and servicing automotive vehicles
b) the area along the side of a track where racing cars make their pit stops
15. Bot. a tiny depression in a plant cell wall
vt.
pitted, pitting
1. to put, cast, or store in a pit
2. to make pits in
3. to mark with small scars [pitted by smallpox]
4. to set (cocks, etc.) in a pit to fight
5. to set in competition (against)
vi.
1. to become marked with pits
2. to make a pit stop during an auto race
——————
the pits
1. Slang the worst possible thing, place, condition, etc.
2. PIT2 (n. 14b)

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  • Pit — Pit, n. [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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pit — may refer to:Technology* Programmable Interval Timer, a computing device * Pulsed inductive thruster, a device used in spacecraft propulsion * The core of a nuclear weaponPlaces* Pit River, a watershed in California * Pittsburgh International… …   Wikipedia

  • Pit — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pit — Ⅰ. pit [1] ► NOUN 1) a large hole in the ground. 2) a mine or excavation for coal, chalk, etc. 3) a hollow or indentation in a surface. 4) a sunken area in a workshop floor allowing access to a car s underside. 5) an area at the side of a track… …   English terms dictionary

  • pit*/ — [pɪt] noun I 1) [C] a large hole in the ground a gravel pit[/ex] 2) [singular] informal an extremely untidy place Her room was an absolute pit.[/ex] 3) the pits [plural] British the area beside a race track where cars are repaired during a race • …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • PIT — (engl. für „Grube“) ist Hundekampfarena (siehe: Kampfhund) eine (datentragende) Vertiefung auf einer Compact Disc ein Fluss in Kalifornien, siehe Pit River. die Fachbezeichnung für mikroskopisch kleine Vertiefungen/Schädigungen an Werksteinen von …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pit — Pit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pitting}.] 1. To place or put into a pit or hole. [1913 Webster] They lived like beasts, and were pitted like beasts, tumbled into the grave. T. Grander. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark with little… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pit — (engl. für „Grube“) ist eine (datentragende) Vertiefung auf einer Compact Disc eine Arena für Hundekämpfe ein Fluss in Kalifornien, siehe Pit River. die Fachbezeichnung für mikroskopisch kleine Vertiefungen/Schädigungen an Werksteinen von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pit — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Un pit es uno de los pequeños agujeros o depresiones que el láser, sobre la superficie de un CD, DVD o cualquier otro soporte digital óptico como blu ray disc o HD DVD, quema para escribir un valor binario. El láser… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Pit — /pɪt/ (say pit) adjective Pitjantjatjara: the Pit Council; the Pit project …   Australian English dictionary

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