pit

1
[ pit ]
/ pɪt /

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.

Origin of pit

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English pytt < Latin puteus well, pit, shaft; (v.) derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR pit

Definition for pits (2 of 2)

pit

2
[ 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

2
1835–45, Americanism; < Dutch: kernel; cognate with pith
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British Dictionary definitions for pits (1 of 4)

pits

/ (pɪts) /

pl n

the pits slang the worst possible person, place, or thing

Word Origin for pits

C20: perhaps shortened from armpits

British Dictionary definitions for pits (2 of 4)

pit

1
/ (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 pits (3 of 4)

pit

2
/ (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 pits (4 of 4)

pit

3
/ (pɪt) /

verb

a Scot word for put
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Medicine definitions for pits

pit

[ pĭt ]

n.

A natural hollow or depression in the body or an organ.
A pockmark.
A sharp-pointed depression in the enamel surface of a tooth, caused by faulty or incomplete calcification or formed by the confluent point of two or more lobes of enamel.

v.

To mark with cavities, depressions, or scars.
To retain an impression after being indented. Used of the skin.
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Science definitions for pits

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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Idioms and Phrases with pits

pit


In addition to the idiom beginning with pit

  • pit against

also see:

  • the pits
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