Meaning of PIT in English


I. ˈpit noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pytt (akin to Old High German pfuzzi well), from Latin puteus well, pit

Date: before 12th century



(1) : a hole, shaft, or cavity in the ground

(2) : mine

(3) : a scooped-out place used for burning something (as charcoal)

b. : an area often sunken or depressed below the adjacent floor area: as

(1) : an enclosure in which animals are made to fight each other

(2) : a space at the front of a theater for the orchestra

(3) : an area in a securities or commodities exchange in which members trade (as stocks)


a. : hell 1a — used with the

b. : a place or situation of futility, misery, or degradation

c. plural : worst

it's the pit s

3. : a hollow or indentation especially in the 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 minute depression in the secondary wall of a plant cell functioning in the intercellular movement of water and dissolved material

4. : any of the areas alongside an auto racecourse used for refueling and repairing the cars during a race — often used in plural with the

II. verb

( pit·ted ; pit·ting )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


a. : to place, cast, bury, or store in a pit

b. : to make pits in ; especially : to scar or mark with pits


a. : to set (as gamecocks) into or as if into a pit to fight

b. : to set into opposition or rivalry — usually used with against

intransitive verb

1. : to become marked with pits ; especially : to preserve for a time an indentation made by pressure

2. : to make a pit stop

III. noun

Etymology: Dutch, from Middle Dutch — more at pith

Date: 1841

: the stone of a drupaceous fruit

IV. transitive verb

( pit·ted ; pit·ting )

Date: 1906

: to remove the pit from (a fruit)

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