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pit

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[ pit ]
/ pɪt /
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noun
verb (used with object), pit·ted, pit·ting.
verb (used without object), pit·ted, pit·ting.
to become marked with pits or depressions.
(of body tissue) to retain temporarily a mark of pressure, as by a finger, instrument, etc.
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Origin of pit

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First recorded before 900; Middle English noun pit, pit(t)e, put(e), putte, Old English pytt “pit, grave,” from Latin puteus “well, pit, shaft”; verb derivative of the noun

Other definitions for pit (2 of 2)

pit2
[ pit ]
/ pɪt /
Chiefly Northern U.S.

noun
the stone of a fruit, as of a cherry, peach, or plum.
verb (used with object), pit·ted, pit·ting.
to remove the pit from (a fruit or fruits): to pit cherries for a pie.

Origin of pit

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An Americanism dating back to 1835–45, from Dutch, Middle Dutch pitte, pit “kernel”; cognate with pith
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British Dictionary definitions for pit (1 of 3)

pit1
/ (pɪt) /

noun
verb pits, pitting or pitted
See also pits

Word Origin for pit

Old English pytt, from Latin puteus; compare Old French pet, Old High German pfuzzi

British Dictionary definitions for pit (2 of 3)

pit2
/ (pɪt) mainly US and Canadian /

noun
the stone of a cherry, plum, etc
verb pits, pitting or pitted
(tr) to extract the stone from (a fruit)

Word Origin for pit

C19: from Dutch: kernel; compare pith

British Dictionary definitions for pit (3 of 3)

pit3
/ (pɪt) /

verb
a Scot word for put
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Scientific definitions for pit

pit
[ pĭt ]

The hard, inner layer (the endocarp) of certain drupes that are valued for their flesh, such as peaches, cherries, or olives. Not in scientific use.
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