|1.||a large, usually deep opening in the ground|
|2.||a. a mine or excavation with a shaft, esp for coal|
|b. the shaft in a mine|
|c. (as modifier): pit pony; pit prop|
|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|
|a. a small natural depression on the surface of a body, organ, structure, or part; fossa|
|b. the floor of any natural bodily cavity: the pit of the stomach|
|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) bed a slang word for bedroom|
|16.||another word for pitfall|
|—vb (often foll by against) , pits, pitting, pitted|
|17.||to match in opposition, esp as antagonists|
|18.||to mark or become marked with pits|
|19.||(tr) to place or bury in a pit|
|[Old English pytt, from Latin puteus; compare Old French pet, Old High German pfuzzi]|
A natural hollow or depression in the body or an organ.
A sharp-pointed depression in the enamel surface of a tooth, caused by faulty or incomplete calcification or formed by the confluent point of two or more lobes of enamel.
To mark with cavities, depressions, or scars.
To retain an impression after being indented. Used of the skin.
|pit (pĭt) Pronunciation Key
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.
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).