Meaning of PIT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pɪt ]

( pits, pitting, pitted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A pit is a coal mine.

It was a better community then when all the pits were working.



A pit is a large hole that is dug in the ground.

Eric lost his footing and began to slide into the pit.



A gravel pit or clay pit is a very large hole that is left where gravel or clay has been dug from the ground.

This area of former farmland was worked as a gravel pit until 1964.

N-COUNT : supp N


If two opposing things or people are pitted against one another, they are in conflict.

You will be pitted against people who are every bit as good as you are...

This was one man pitted against the universe.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed against n , V-ed


In motor racing, the pits are the areas at the side of the track where drivers stop to get more fuel and to repair their cars during races.

N-PLURAL : usu pl

see also pit stop


If you describe something as the pits , you mean that it is extremely bad. ( SPOKEN )

Mary Ann asked him how dinner had been. ‘The pits,’ he replied.

N-PLURAL : the N


A pit is the stone of a fruit or vegetable. ( AM )



see also pitted , fleapit , orchestra pit , sandpit


If you pit your wits against someone, you compete with them in a test of knowledge or intelligence.

I’d like to pit my wits against the best.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you have a feeling in the pit of your stomach , you have a tight or sick feeling in your stomach, usually because you are afraid or anxious.

I had a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach.



a bottomless pit: see bottomless

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.