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Definition of Pit


  1. A cellar or excavation used for refuge from a cyclone, or tornado.
  2. A large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an indentation
  3. The shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit.
  4. A large hole in the ground from which material is dug or quarried; as, a stone pit; a gravel pit; or in which material is made by burning; as, a lime pit; a charcoal pit.
  5. A vat sunk in the ground; as, a tan pit.
  6. Any abyss; especially, the grave, or hades.
  7. A covered deep hole for entrapping wild beasts; a pitfall; hence, a trap; a snare. Also used figuratively.
  8. A depression or hollow in the surface of the human body
  9. The hollow place under the shoulder or arm; the axilla, or armpit.
  10. See Pit of the stomach (below).
  11. The indentation or mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.
  12. Formerly, that part of a theater, on the floor of the house, below the level of the stage and behind the orchestra; now, in England, commonly the part behind the stalls; in the United States, the parquet; also, the occupants of such a part of a theater.
  13. An inclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats.
  14. The endocarp of a drupe, and its contained seed or seeds; a stone; as, a peach pit; a cherry pit, etc.
  15. A depression or thin spot in the wall of a duct.
  16. To place or put into a pit or hole.
  17. To mark with little hollows, as by various pustules; as, a face pitted by smallpox.
  18. To introduce as an antagonist; to set forward for or in a contest; as, to pit one dog against another.

Pit Quotations

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
Erich Fromm

He who seeks truth shall find beauty. He who seeks beauty shall find vanity. He who seeks order shall find gratification. He who seeks gratification shall be disappointed. He who considers himself the servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self-expression. He who seeks self-expression shall fall into the pit of arrogance.
Moshe Safdie

There are two tests in life, more important than any other test. On Monday morning, when you wake up, do you feel in the pit of your stomach you can't wait to go to work? And when you're ready to go home Friday afternoon, do you say, 'I can't wait to go home?'
Chuck Schumer

All dogs can become aggressive, but the difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the pit bull can do more damage. That's why it's important to make sure you are a hundred percent ready for the responsibility if you own a 'power' breed, like a pit bull, German shepherd, or Rottweiler.
Cesar Millan

If you start in the pit of despair with these profane, awful things, even a glimmer of hope or awareness is going to occur that's much brighter coming from this dark, awful beginning.
Chuck Palahniuk
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Pit Translations

pit in Afrikaans is pit, sloot
pit in Dutch is groeve, gracht, greppel, groef, kuil
pit in Finnish is ydin
pit in German is Grube, Paterre
pit in Italian is fossa, abisso
pit in Latin is barathrum, vorago, cavus, puteus
pit in Spanish is hoyo, hornacho, zanja, derrumbadero
pit in Swedish is grop
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