Pits



[pit] /pɪt/

noun
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.

4.
the abode of evil spirits and lost souls; hell:
an evil inspiration from the pit.
5.
the pits, Slang. 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.
a natural hollow or depression in the body:
the pit of the back.
8.
pits, Informal. the armpits:
up to my pits in work.
9.
a 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.
(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.

13.
(in a hoistway) a space below the level of the lowest floor served.
14.
Auto Racing. an area at the side of a track, for servicing and refueling the cars.
15.
Bowling. the sunken area of a bowling alley behind the pins, for the placement or recovery of pins that have been knocked down.
16.
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.
the area or room of a casino containing gambling tables.
verb (used with object), pitted, pitting.
18.
to mark or indent with pits or depressions:
ground pitted by erosion.
19.
to scar with pockmarks:
His forehead was pitted by chicken pox.
20.
to place or bury in a pit, as for storage.
21.
to set in opposition or combat, as one against another.
22.
to put (animals) in a pit or enclosure for fighting.
verb (used without object), pitted, pitting.
23.
to become marked with pits or depressions.
24.
(of body tissue) to retain temporarily a mark of pressure, as by a finger, instrument, etc.
[pit] /pɪt/ Chiefly Northern U.S.
noun
1.
the stone of a fruit, as of a cherry, peach, or plum.
verb (used with object), pitted, pitting.
2.
to remove the pit from (a fruit or fruits):
to pit cherries for a pie.
/pɪts/
plural noun
1.
(slang) the pits, the worst possible person, place, or thing
/pɪt/
noun
1.
a large, usually deep opening in the ground
2.

3.
a concealed danger or difficulty
4.
the pit, hell
5.
Also called orchestra pit. the area that is occupied by the orchestra in a theatre, located in front of the stage
6.
an enclosure for fighting animals or birds, esp gamecocks
7.
(anatomy)

8.
(pathol) a small indented scar at the site of a former pustule; pockmark
9.
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.
a working area at the side of a motor-racing track for servicing or refuelling vehicles
11.
a section on the floor of a commodity exchange devoted to a special line of trading
12.
a rowdy card game in which players bid for commodities
13.
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.
the ground floor of the auditorium of a theatre
15.
(Brit) a slang word for bed (sense 1), bedroom (sense 1)
16.
another word for pitfall (sense 2)
verb pits, pitting, pitted
17.
(transitive) often foll by against. to match in opposition, esp as antagonists
18.
to mark or become marked with pits
19.
(transitive) to place or bury in a pit
/pɪt/
noun
1.
the stone of a cherry, plum, etc
verb pits, pitting, pitted
2.
(transitive) to extract the stone from (a fruit)
/pɪt/
verb
1.
a Scot word for put
n.

“the worst,” by 1953, U.S. slang, said to be a shortened form of armpits.
n.

“hole, cavity,” Old English pytt “water hole, well; pit, grave,” from West Germanic *puttjaz “pool, puddle” (cf. Old Frisian pet, Old Saxon putti, Old Norse pyttr, Middle Dutch putte, Dutch put, Old High German pfuzza, German Pfütze “pool, puddle”), early borrowing from Latin puteus “well, pit, shaft.” Meaning “abode of evil spirits, hell” is attested from early 13c. Pit of the stomach (1650s) is from the slight depression there between the ribs.

“hard seed,” 1841, from Dutch pit “kernel, seed, marrow,” from Middle Dutch pitte, ultimately from West Germanic *pithan-, source of pith (q.v.).
v.

mid-15c., “to put into a pit,” from pit (n.1); especially for purposes of fighting (of cocks, dogs, pugilists) from 1760. Figurative sense of “to set in rivalry” is from 1754. Meaning “to make pits in” is from late 15c. Related: Pitted; pitting. Cf. Pit-bull as a dog breed attested from 1922, short for pit-bull terrier (by 1912). This also is the notion behind the meaning “the part of a theater on the floor of the house” (1640s).

pit (pĭt)
n.

v. pit·ted, pit·ting, pits

pit
(pĭt)
The hard, inner layer (the endocarp) of certain drupes that are valued for their flesh, such as peaches, cherries, or olives. Not in scientific use.

verb

To take a racing car into the pit: He pitted for fresh rubber and thus lost a lap (1970s+)

Related Terms

conversation pit, grease trough, passion pit
1.
Greater Pittsburgh International Airport
2.
Pittsburgh Pirates
3.
Pittsburgh Steelers

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).

In addition to the idiom beginning with pit

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