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English Dictionary: pit by the DICT Development Group
6 results for pit
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body"
    Synonym(s): pit, cavity
  2. a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): Hell, perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, pit
    Antonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): pit, pitfall
  9. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
    Synonym(s): pit, quarry, stone pit
  10. lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
    Synonym(s): orchestra pit, pit
  11. a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
    Synonym(s): colliery, pit
  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"
    Synonym(s): pit, oppose, match, play off
  2. mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
    Synonym(s): scar, mark, pock, pit
  3. remove the pits from; "pit plums and cherries"
    Synonym(s): pit, stone
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cyclone cellar \Cyclone cellar\ [or] pit \pit\ .
      A cellar or excavation used for refuge from a cyclone, or
      tornado. [Middle U. S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pit \Pit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pitted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
            (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.
                     He keepth back his soul from the pit. --Job xxxiii.
      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;
            (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
      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. [bd]As fiercely as two gamecocks in the
            pit.[b8] --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} (Zo[94]l.), 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 viper} (Zo[94]l.), 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 Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      Language for IBM 650.   (See {IT}).

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      a hole in the ground (Ex. 21:33, 34), a cistern for water (Gen.
      37:24; Jer. 14:3), a vault (41:9), a grave (Ps. 30:3). It is
      used as a figure for mischief (Ps. 9:15), and is the name given
      to the unseen place of woe (Rev. 20:1, 3). The slime-pits in the
      vale of Siddim were wells which yielded asphalt (Gen. 14:10).
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