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Definition pit

Etymology 1

From Middle English pit, pet, püt, from Old English pytt (“pit, hole in the ground, well, grave, pustule, pockmark”), from Proto-Germanic *putjaz (“pit, well”), from Latin puteus (“trench, pit, well”), from Proto-Indo-European *pewǝ- (“to beat, hew”). Cognate with West Frisian pet (“pit”), Saterland Frisian Put (“pit”), Dutch put (“well, pockmark”), German Pfütze (“puddle, pool”), Danish pyt (“pit”), Icelandic pyttur (“pit”).

Noun

pit (plural pits)

  1. A hole in the ground.
  2. (motor racing) An area at a motor racetrack used for refueling and repairing the vehicles during a race.
  3. (music) A section of the marching band containing mallet percussion instruments and other large percussion instruments too large to march, such as the tam tam. Also, the area on the sidelines where these instruments are placed.
  4. A mine.
  5. (archaeology) A hole or trench in the ground, excavated according to grid coordinates, so that the provenance of any feature observed and any specimen or artifact revealed may be established by precise measurement.
  6. (trading) A trading pit.
  7. The bottom part of something.
  8. (colloquial) Armpit.
  9. (aviation) A luggage hold.
  10. (countable) A small surface hole or depression, a fossa.
  11. The indented mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.
  12. The grave, or underworld.
  13. An enclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats.
  14. Formerly, that part of a theatre, 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 theatre.
  15. (gambling) Part of a casino which typically holds tables for blackjack, craps, roulette, and other games.
  16. (slang) A pit bull terrier.
  17. (in the plural, with the, slang) Only used in the pits.
  18. (slang) A mosh pit.
Verb

pit (third-person singular simple present pits, present participle pitting, simple past and past participle pitted)

  1. (transitive) To make pits in; to mark with little hollows.
  2. To put (an animal) into a pit for fighting.
  3. (transitive) To bring (something) into opposition with something else.
  4. (intransitive, motor racing) To return to the pits during a race for refuelling, tyre changes, repairs etc.

Etymology 2

From Dutch pit (“kernel, core”), from Middle Dutch pitte, from Proto-Germanic *pittan (compare dialectal German Pfitze (“pimple”)), oblique of Proto-Germanic *piþō. Compare pith.

Noun

pit (plural pits)

  1. A seed inside a fruit; a stone or pip inside a fruit.
  2. A shell in a drupe containing a seed.
  3. The core of an implosion weapon, consisting of the fissile material and any neutron reflector or tamper bonded to it.
Verb

pit (third-person singular simple present pits, present participle pitting, simple past and past participle pitted)

  1. (transitive) To remove the stone from a stone fruit or the shell from a drupe.

Etymology 3

Shortening.

Noun

pit (plural pits)

  1. (informal) A pit bull terrier.

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