pit meaning

[ pit ] Pronunciation:   "pit" in a sentence
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 or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
    - 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
    - scar, mark, pock 
  3. Remove the pits from
    "pit plums and cherries"
    - stone

Derived forms: pitting, pits, pitted

See also: 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

[British slang]
Noun. Bed. E.g."Oh, so you've finally got up out of your pit then? “


An orchestra pit.


A small circular hole in a paint film; also See pockmarking.


An excavation; a hole in the ground.

noun [C]

1 (Stock Exchange ) (AmE)

the area of a stock exchange or other exchange where a particular product is traded:

The futures contracts will be traded on-screen as well as in traditional pits.



a coal mine:

planned pit closures

= trading pit, pitch

An area of a stock market, financial futures and options exchange, or commodity exchange in which a particular stock, financial future, or commodity is traded, especially one in which dealings take place by open outcry (see London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, callover). A member who is allowed to trade on the floor but wishes to conceal his or her identity may use a pit broker to carry out transactions. Dealers in these markets are called pit traders.

1. A microscopic depression in a compact disc; scatters and/or absorbs light from the laser, rather than reflecting it. Compare LAND,
1. 2. In a printed-circuit board, a pockmark in a component or foil run.
3. A pockmark in a metallic substance, resulting from corrosion.

A specific area of the trading floor that is designed for the trading of commodities, individual futures, or option contracts.

n : a hollow or indentation esp. in a surface of an organism: as
a : a natural hollow in the surface of the body
b : one of the indented scars left in the skin by a pustular disease : POCKMARK
c : a usu. developmental imperfection in the enamel of a tooth that takes the form of a small pointed depression
vb pit·ted; pit·ting vt : to make pits in; esp : to scar or mark with pits ‹a face pitted by acne›
¦ vi : to become marked with pits; esp : to preserve for a time an indentation made by pressure ‹a swollen area on the gingiva which pits readily —A. B. Wade›

[Oil and gas]
An irregularly-shaped depression resulting from the removal of foreign material rolled into the surface during manufacturing.

Language for IBM 650. (See IT).


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  1. the pillars sustain the roof of the pit.
  2. the pillars sustain the roof of the pit.
  3. i'd go to the pit itself to save the union.
  4. the child complied, and gazed down into the pit.
  5. the fangs of pit vipers are long, hollow tubes.

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