Pit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pɪt|  American pronunciation of the word pit
Brit.  |pɪt|  British pronunciation of the word pit


- a sizeable hole (usually in the ground) (syn: cavity)
they dug a pit to bury the body
- a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression) (syn: fossa)
- the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed (syn: stone)
- (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment (syn: hell, inferno, perdition)
a demon from the depths of the pit
- an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
- (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
- (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
- a trap in the form of a concealed hole (syn: pitfall)
- a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate (syn: quarry)
a British term for 'quarry' is 'stone pit'
- lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
- a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it (syn: colliery)


- set into opposition or rivalry (syn: match, oppose, play off)
pit a chess player against the Russian champion
- mark with a scar (syn: mark, pock, scar)
- remove the pits from (syn: stone)
pit plums and cherries

Extra examples

If a fox escapes from a pit, none are ever taken again in the same.

Many politicians have fallen into the pit of corruption.

You are a pit of deceit.

Her room was an absolute pit.

When you're alone, New Year is the pits.

That was a rough night in the pit. We had a gunshot wound and an earful of crash victims.

He dug and pitted the potatoes.

The female digs a pit in which to lay the eggs.

Dad first went down the pit (=worked in a coal mine) when he was 15 years old.

The whole street was pitted with potholes.

Peel and pit two avocados.

And was on most friendly terms with the pit (O. Wilde).

Oh, so you've finally got up out of your pit then?

His skin is pitted with the marks left by the disease. мед.

Are you willing to pit your skill against that of our leading player?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: pit
he/she/it: pits
present participle: pitting
past tense: pitted
past participle: pitted
singular: pit
plural: pits
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