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Definition of Pit

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

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

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

I think reconciliation is Obama's goal - but the fight with the Republicans is like a fight with pit bulls, they never let go. Even worse, now the Republicans feel they can keep pushing and he will keep giving. They have not seen a stiff resistance on his part.
Jesse Jackson

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

All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.
Paul Broun
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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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