pits, pitting, pitted
1) N-COUNT A pit is a coal mine.

It was a better community then when all the pits were working.

2) N-COUNT A pit is a large hole that is dug in the ground.

Eric lost his footing and began to slide into the pit.

3) N-COUNT: supp N A gravel pit or clay pit is a very large hole that is left where gravel or clay has been dug from the ground.

This area of former farmland was worked as a gravel pit until 1964.

4) VERB: usu passive If two opposing things or people are pitted against one another, they are in conflict.

[be V-ed against n] You will be pitted against two, three, or four people who are every bit as good as you are...

[V-ed] This was one man pitted against the universe.

5) N-COUNT: usu pl In motor racing, the pits are the areas at the side of the track where drivers stop to get more fuel and to repair their cars during races.
See also pit stop

He moved quickly into the pits and climbed rapidly out of the car.

6) N-PLURAL: the N If you describe something as the pits, you mean that it is extremely bad. [SPOKEN]

Mary Ann asked him how dinner had been. `The pits,' he replied.

7) N-COUNT A pit is the stone of a fruit or vegetable. [AM]
8) See also , fleapit, , sandpit
9) PHRASE: V inflects If you pit your wits against someone, you compete with them in a test of knowledge or intelligence.

I'd like to manage at the very highest level and pit my wits against the best.

10) PHRASE If you have a feeling in the pit of your stomach, you have a tight or sick feeling in your stomach, usually because you are afraid or anxious.

I had a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach.

11) a bottomless pitsee bottomless

English dictionary. 2008.


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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 — ☆ 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 (> …   English World dictionary

  • 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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