Adjective "pit" definition and examples

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Pronunciation

/pɪt/

Definitions and examples

noun

A large hole in the ground.
  1. 'First he put a bunch of stones in a big fire, then he put the stones in a pit dug in the ground, put stones over the top, and covered it with moss, sticks and sand.'
  2. 'The excavations have exposed two Norman rubbish pits containing twelfth-century ceramics and animal bones.'
  3. 'The pit is very deep and is always filled to the brim with leaves.'
  4. 'The other child fell into an open slurry pit.'
  5. 'A pit is dug in the ground and filled with rocks, and meat and vegetables are placed into it.'
  6. 'Others excavated rifle pits where the ground was soft enough for digging.'
  7. 'Imagine two roads: one smooth, well-paved, well-maintained, the other lumpy and full of cracks and pits.'
  8. 'The huge pit, 30 metres deep and the size of ten football pitches, will be crammed full of household and business waste and will take just two years to fill up.'
  9. 'He gulped as he crawled down the side of the deep pit.'
  10. 'All bodies should be buried in deep pits outside of the village and their clothes should also be burnt.'
  11. 'I also intended fishing another small gravel pit, a pit hardly fished but from which I'd heard rumours of tench to over 8 pounds.'
  12. 'When the season for quarrying began, the pits sprang to life and the pace continued rapidly until the first deep frost at which time quarrying ceased.'
  13. 'Most of my fishing with this float is on large gravel pits that tend to be rather deep, demanding the use of a sliding float.'
  14. 'Each hollow is the partly infilled remains of an extraction pit or mine shaft cut through the chalk to reach seams of flint below.'
  15. 'Stone from this pit was a deep, rich chocolate brown and was certainly the most popular stone with both the contractor and the public.'
  16. 'As quarrying expanded, five pits were eventually opened.'
  17. 'The lake, irregularly shaped and nearly ninety feet deep in some spots, was formerly a gravel pit.'
  18. 'For the next six months while the pit was being mined, Green Hill produced about 180 specimens of wire gold on crystallized quartz.'
  19. 'The quarry pits aroused the curiosity of the first European-American settlers on the ridge at the beginning of the nineteenth century.'
  20. 'Before the establishment of regular roads and a turnpike system the transportation of coal from the pit was the main impediment to expansion.'
  21. 'The lack of regulation and enforcement of safety standards led to thousands of deaths in coal pits.'
  22. 'Their lives are governed by steam whistles that summon them to the pits.'
  23. 'A grim future awaits the area if the pits are allowed to go under.'
  24. 'Union leaders claim there are at least 90m tonnes of unworked coal still in the pit that could take the best part of 20 years to mine.'
  25. 'We also had a mining industry until the pit closures.'
  26. 'A decade ago, 15,000 miners worked in the coal pits; today there are less than 4,000.'
  27. 'We launched a campaign to persuade the Government and UK Coal to keep the pits open, but it seems to have failed.'
  28. 'By this time next year there will only be seven deep coal mining pits left in this country.'
  29. 'Slag heaps from dozens of coal pits dot the countryside.'
  30. 'The mechanic's pit in the garage had been converted into a bomb shelter.'
  31. 'He told how he had spent many years on the workshop floor, often in the pit, as this was the time before rafts and lifts.'
  32. 'The double garage is fitted with an inspection pit for car servicing.'
  33. 'a black pit of depression'
  34. 'This throws Carrey's character, Joel, into a pit of despair.'
  35. 'Let her know that she doesn't have to fight her way out of the black pit of sadness by herself.'
  36. 'I don't know how to tell you how deep the pit is that I go into when I hear that I have failed.'
  37. 'All middle-aged people suffer from slowed-up powers of cognitive ability, but that does not mean that we are all going to descend into the pit of Alzheimer's.'
  38. 'He would have slowly made his way back into his dark pit of depression and left everybody behind.'
  39. 'With each word I sunk deeper and deeper into the pit of despair.'
  40. 'Get out of the pit of negativism, I want you to be real.'
  41. 'I was in a pit of despair.'
  42. 'Lee had pulled Ella out of the pit of depression she had been in so long.'
  43. 'What they really seek to know is, how do they find someone who can actually exert some traction to help pull them out of the pit of depression.'
  44. 'If we do it with both eyes on ourselves, the devil will cast us into the deepest of pits.'
A hollow or indentation in a surface.
  1. 'Tiny pits occur in the nails, sometimes causing the nail to separate from the nail bed.'
  2. 'Some contain rounded surface pits, and show other irregularities, and grains intermediate between the two groups are present.'
  3. 'Blood gushed from a deep pit in his shoulder and several jagged cuts were gouged in his torso, soaking his ceremonial robe to his skin.'
  4. 'The diminutive monkey in front of me puts a hard palm nut, the size of its fist, into one of the many small pits on the rock surface.'
  5. 'The outer surface has pits, grooves, and perforations that represent traces of vascular structures.'
  6. 'Some people also have pits in their nails or arthritis which may be part of the disease.'
  7. 'The external surface texture is similar to that of the carapace, and consists of subtle low, rounded bosses with scattered small pits and thin grooves.'
  8. 'The rock skipped off the hood and made a pit in the windshield, but no one came yelling out of his room.'
  9. 'Dozens of deep scars and pits ran across the length its snout.'
  10. 'Dents or pits in the skin can easily become filled with bits of skin and hair, and infected with bacteria.'
  11. 'I have many acne pits of varying sizes on my face.'
An area at the side of a track where racing cars are serviced and refuelled.
  1. as modifier 'the pit lane'
  2. 'As most races are won and lost in the pits, Ferrari now have the advantage over every other team.'
  3. 'However, on the second lap he slowed and headed for the pits, knowing that there was a problem.'
  4. 'The run-off areas are too short, the pits are cramped and the paddock facilities are, by a long way, the worst of the season.'
  5. 'I came into the pits after one clear lap and we made some changes.'
  6. 'My car had a gearbox problem towards the end of my ‘out’ lap and I had to come back to the pits.'
  7. 'He pulls into the pits when there's nothing wrong with his car.'
  8. 'This caused a slow puncture, forcing me into the pits after the first lap.'
  9. 'Tommy climbed back on board and nursed the car back to the pits, losing several laps.'
  10. 'She rejoined the track but was forced back to the pits as the problem remained.'
  11. 'To truly experience this benefit you need to drop your passenger in the pits and grab yourself a few solo laps.'
An orchestra pit.
  1. 'I covered the whole of the width of the stage in front of the curtains and also filled the pits.'
  2. 'The excellent orchestra in the improvised pit was in fine form and added enormously to the show.'
  3. 'Mark then rejoined the orchestra in the pit and prepared to play.'
  4. 'However, both covered and uncovered pits can colour an orchestra's sound, and the usually cramped space forces the players into awkward positions.'
  5. 'The members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the pit did a great job, but their reduced numbers mean naturally a reduced sound produced.'
  6. 'At ten to eight, the house doors opened, and there was a rush for the sixpenny seats in the pit.'
  7. 'The amorous fops in the box are more refined and distant from the show than the working class audience in the pit.'
A part of the floor of a stock exchange in which a particular stock or commodity is traded.
  1. 'the trading pit of the Singapore International Monetary Exchange'
  2. 'Most traders trade in a pit, sitting almost on top of each other where everyone can be seen and heard and all calls traced and deals marked.'
  3. 'Even now, many traders make electronic trades on handheld devices when they're in the pits.'
An enclosure in which animals are made to fight.
  1. 'I heal the animals that fight in the pit… so long as there's enough left to heal.'
  2. 'Perhaps we should bring back badger-baiting, cock-fighting, the bear pit, and all of those other traditional English pursuits.'
  3. 'This rough, loose, prickly coat allowed the Shar-Pei to wriggle out of its opponent's grasp while fighting in the dog pits.'
A person's bed.
  1. 'I’d relaxed in my illness and wallowed in my pit and on the sofa.'
  2. 'Mark was still in his pit, although he was awake.'
A person's armpit.
  1. 'The skin in my pits started peeling off!'
  2. 'She turned up at a premiere with hairy pits.'

verb

Set someone or something in conflict or competition with.
  1. 'He seems keen on conflict, pitting the countryside against the city.'
  2. 'Redistributing the bird nuisance often pitted one agricultural region against another.'
  3. 'It was a great night for the organizers and there was a full house present to pit their wits against the question makers and test their knowledge on many a subject.'
  4. 'He pitted his skills against six others vying for the title of chef of the year.'
  5. 'Puzzle Planet is the latest attraction at the centre where you can pit your wits against a series of mazes, brainteasers and puzzles to see if you've got the brains to be an astronomer.'
  6. 'The chance to pit your wits against the best players in the country, in the most sumptuous and atmospheric of football arenas, just doesn't get any better for a professional footballer.'
  7. 'In all, 10 matches were contended on the day pitting Thai boxers against foreign competitors.'
  8. 'The announcement was clearly designed to pit workers at the two factories against one another.'
  9. 'She will have a chance to pit her skills against the best soon as the European Championships have been scheduled for February 16-21.'
  10. 'But we are faced with the madness of a system that pits one worker against another.'
  11. 'there were usually three dogs pitted against one lion'
  12. 'When animals were pitted against each other, the Romans often tied them together with a chain to make sure that they would fight.'
  13. 'Increasingly exotic animals were pitted against each other.'
  14. 'The captive badger is taken to the ‘sporting’ venue - a trench covered by Perspex - and pitted against terriers.'
Make a hollow or indentation in the surface of.
  1. 'The tip of the stick is often driven into the cloth with force, weakening the structure of the weave, and pitting the playing surface.'
  2. 'The dirty, white stone front of the shop, which stocked boxes of beer cans, was pitted with bullet holes, while a car and lorry parked in the protected courtyard outside were badly damaged in the attack.'
  3. 'By pitting metal surfaces, it provides a habitat for scale and bacteria to form.'
  4. 'The road leading up to the bridge is pitted with large, deep potholes.'
  5. 'The road surface is pitted with potholes and strewn with potentially dangerous objects.'
  6. 'My skin pits when pressed.'
  7. 'The skin becomes swollen and puffy, and pits on being pressed.'
Drive a racing car into the pits for fuel or maintenance.
  1. 'Lewis would relinquish the lead but maintained second until pitting on lap 48.'
  2. 'He climbed the leaderboard to run in as high as 7th position and lapped consistently until pitting for a driver change.'
  3. 'When I pitted, we put a lot of fuel on board as this was the best strategy for us.'
  4. 'Miguel drove the first stint but was forced to pit early to resolve a brake problem.'
  5. 'I limped round for another lap, but the radiator was leaking and I pitted to save the engine.'
  6. 'I did some very quick laps when he pitted, so probably I made a lot of time then.'
  7. 'He was hit on the first lap, pitted for a new right-front tire and returned to the race near the back of the field, only to be hit again.'
  8. 'We had to pit under green and got a couple laps down.'
  9. 'Fearing a puncture, he called in that he would pit on the following lap.'
  10. 'He was forced to pit again when gas was available and lost two laps.'

noun

The stone of a fruit.
  1. 'She hurriedly picked at the dangling cherries from the tree, and put them in her basket while at the same time eating them, spitting the pits onto the rocky ground.'
  2. 'I raise my face, even as a peach pit hits my forehead.'
  3. 'Carefully trim off the skin and cut the flesh from around the oval pit.'
  4. 'The peels of apples, pears and most fruits with pits add interesting texture to recipes and contain added nutrients and fiber.'
  5. 'Chefs suggest pressing on the olive with your thumb firmly to split open the olive and loosen the pit.'
  6. 'John kicked a fruit pit across the road into a door.'
  7. 'The fruits have a pit at the end away from the stem.'
  8. 'I took a ripe avocado and rolled it between my hands until the skin became a green case for the soft mashed fruit inside, hard pit at the core.'

verb

Remove the pit from (fruit).
  1. 'Wash fruits well, pit and peal peaches and core pears.'
  2. 'Just before serving, peel and pit the avocado.'

More definitions

noun

1. a naturally formed or excavated hole or cavity in the ground: pits caused by erosion; clay pits.

2. a covered or concealed excavation in the ground, serving as a trap.

3. Mining. an excavation made in exploring for or removing a mineral deposit, as by open-cut methods. the shaft of a coal mine. the mine itself.

4. the abode of evil spirits and lost souls; hell: an evil inspiration from the pit.

5. the pits, Slang. an extremely unpleasant, boring, or depressing place, conditio

Origin

(pit)Mid 19th century: apparently from Dutch; related to pith.

Phrase

be the pits
the pit of one's (or the) stomach