Meaning of PIT in English

PIT

/ pɪt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

DEEP HOLE

1.

[ C ] a large deep hole in the ground :

We dug a deep pit in the yard.

The body had been dumped in a pit.

2.

[ C ] (especially in compounds) a deep hole in the ground from which minerals are dug out :

a chalk / gravel pit

MINE

3.

[ C ] = coal mine :

pit closures

( BrE )

He went down the pit (= started work as a miner ) when he left school.

IN SKIN

4.

a small shallow hole in the surface of sth, especially a mark left on the surface of the skin by some disease, such as chickenpox

—see also pitted

IN FRUIT

5.

( especially NAmE ) = stone (5):

a peach pit

IN MOTOR RACING

6.

the pits [ pl. ] ( BrE ) ( NAmE the pit [ C ]) a place near the track where cars can stop for fuel, new tyres, etc. during a race

—see also pit stop

IN THEATRE

7.

= orchestra pit

PART OF BODY

8.

( NAmE , informal ) = armpit

IN BUSINESS

9.

( NAmE ) the area of a stock exchange where a particular product is traded :

the corn pit

—compare floor (6)

—see also sandpit

IDIOMS

- be the pits

- the pit of your / the stomach

—more at bottomless

■ verb

( -tt- ) [ vn ] [ usually passive ]

MAKE HOLES

1.

to make marks or holes on the surface of sth :

The surface of the moon is pitted with craters.

Smallpox scars had pitted his face.

FRUIT

2.

= stone (2):

pitted olives

PHRASAL VERBS

- pit sb/sth against sth

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WORD ORIGIN

noun senses 1 to 4 and noun senses 6 to 9 verb sense 1 Old English pytt , of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch put and German Pfütze , based on Latin puteus well, shaft.

noun sense 5 and verb sense 2 mid 19th cent.: apparently from Dutch ; related to pith .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.