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Noun: pit  pit
  1. A sizeable hole (usually in the ground)
    "they dug a pit to bury the body";
    - cavity
  2. A concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
    - fossa
  3. The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches, plums, cherries or olives) that contains the seed
    "you should remove the pits from prunes before cooking";
    - stone, endocarp
  4. (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment
    "a demon from the depths of the pit";
    - Hell, perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region
  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
    - pitfall
  9. A surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    - quarry, stone pit
  10. Lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
    - orchestra pit
  11. A workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
    - colliery
Verb: pit (pitted,pitting)  pit
  1. Set into opposition or rivalry
    "pit a chess player against the Russian champion";
    - oppose, match, play off
  2. Mark with a scar
    "The skin disease pitted his face permanently";
    - scar, mark, pock
  3. Remove the pits from
    "pit plums and cherries";
    - stone

Derived forms: pitted, pits, pitting

Type of: area, blemish, bodily cavity, cavity, cavum, concave shape, concavity, confront, deface, disfigure, enclosure, excavation, face, fictitious place, hole, hollow, imaginary place, incurvation, incurvature, mythical place, pericarp, remove, seed vessel, take, take away, trap, withdraw, work, workplace

Part of: commodities exchange, commodities market, commodity exchange, house, theater [US], theatre

Encyclopedia: Pit