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pitted1

[pit-id]
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adjective
  1. marked or scarred with pits: a pitted complexion.
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Origin of pitted1

before 1050; Old English pytted (not found in ME); see pit1, -ed3

pitted2

[pit-id]
adjective
  1. (of fruit) having the pit removed: a pitted olive.
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Origin of pitted2

pit1

[pit]
noun
  1. a naturally formed or excavated hole or cavity in the ground: pits caused by erosion; clay pits.
  2. a covered or concealed excavation in the ground, serving as a trap.
  3. Mining.
    1. an excavation made in exploring for or removing a mineral deposit, as by open-cut methods.
    2. the shaft of a coal mine.
    3. the mine itself.
  4. the abode of evil spirits and lost souls; hell: an evil inspiration from the pit.
  5. the pits, Slang. an extremely unpleasant, boring, or depressing place, condition, person, etc.; the absolute worst: When you're alone, Christmas is the pits.
  6. a hollow or indentation in a surface: glass flawed by pits.
  7. a natural hollow or depression in the body: the pit of the back.
  8. pits, Informal. the armpits: up to my pits in work.
  9. a small, depressed scar, as one of those left on the skin after smallpox or chicken pox.
  10. an enclosure, usually below the level of the spectators, as for staging fights between dogs, cocks, or, formerly, bears.
  11. (in a commodity exchange) a part of the floor of the exchange where trading in a particular commodity takes place: the corn pit.
  12. Architecture.
    1. all that part of the main floor of a theater behind the musicians.
    2. British.the main floor of a theater behind the stalls.
    3. orchestra(def 2a).
  13. (in a hoistway) a space below the level of the lowest floor served.
  14. Auto Racing. an area at the side of a track, for servicing and refueling the cars.
  15. Bowling. the sunken area of a bowling alley behind the pins, for the placement or recovery of pins that have been knocked down.
  16. Track. the area forward of the takeoff point in a jumping event, as the broad jump or pole vault, that is filled with sawdust or soft earth to lessen the force of the jumper's landing.
  17. the area or room of a casino containing gambling tables.
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verb (used with object), pit·ted, pit·ting.
  1. to mark or indent with pits or depressions: ground pitted by erosion.
  2. to scar with pockmarks: His forehead was pitted by chicken pox.
  3. to place or bury in a pit, as for storage.
  4. to set in opposition or combat, as one against another.
  5. to put (animals) in a pit or enclosure for fighting.
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verb (used without object), pit·ted, pit·ting.
  1. to become marked with pits or depressions.
  2. (of body tissue) to retain temporarily a mark of pressure, as by a finger, instrument, etc.
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Origin of pit1

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

Synonyms

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21. match, oppose.

pit2

[pit]Chiefly Northern U.S.
noun
  1. the stone of a fruit, as of a cherry, peach, or plum.
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verb (used with object), pit·ted, pit·ting.
  1. to remove the pit from (a fruit or fruits): to pit cherries for a pie.
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Origin of pit2

1835–45, Americanism; < Dutch: kernel; cognate with pith
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  • They formed a ghastly sight when they were pitted in what proved to be the final clash.

  • "Better her face should be pitted with smallpox than bring her to the pit of hell," said Csar.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • It has the pitted surface that is supposed by the faithful to be characteristic of meteorites.

  • Pitted against the junior team, as they were, it was most annoying.

  • It was all naked rock, ridged and pitted, and everywhere yellow-tinged.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point

    Raymond King Cummings


British Dictionary definitions for pitted

pit1

noun
  1. a large, usually deep opening in the ground
    1. a mine or excavation with a shaft, esp for coal
    2. the shaft in a mine
    3. (as modifier)pit pony; pit prop
  2. a concealed danger or difficulty
  3. the pit hell
  4. Also called: orchestra pit the area that is occupied by the orchestra in a theatre, located in front of the stage
  5. an enclosure for fighting animals or birds, esp gamecocks
  6. anatomy
    1. a small natural depression on the surface of a body, organ, structure, or part; fossa
    2. the floor of any natural bodily cavitythe pit of the stomach
  7. pathol a small indented scar at the site of a former pustule; pockmark
  8. any of various small areas in a plant cell wall that remain unthickened when the rest of the cell becomes lignified, esp the vascular tissue
  9. a working area at the side of a motor-racing track for servicing or refuelling vehicles
  10. a section on the floor of a commodity exchange devoted to a special line of trading
  11. a rowdy card game in which players bid for commodities
  12. an area of sand or other soft material at the end of a long-jump approach, behind the bar of a pole vault, etc, on which an athlete may land safely
  13. the ground floor of the auditorium of a theatre
  14. British a slang word for bed (def. 1), bedroom (def. 1)
  15. another word for pitfall (def. 2)
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verb pits, pitting or pitted
  1. (tr often foll by against) to match in opposition, esp as antagonists
  2. to mark or become marked with pits
  3. (tr) to place or bury in a pit
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Word Origin

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

pit2

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

C19: from Dutch: kernel; compare pith

pit3

verb
  1. a Scot word for put
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Word Origin and History for pitted

pit

n.1

"hole, cavity," Old English pytt "water hole, well; pit, grave," from West Germanic *puttjaz "pool, puddle" (cf. Old Frisian pet, Old Saxon putti, Old Norse pyttr, Middle Dutch putte, Dutch put, Old High German pfuzza, German Pfütze "pool, puddle"), early borrowing from Latin puteus "well, pit, shaft." Meaning "abode of evil spirits, hell" is attested from early 13c. Pit of the stomach (1650s) is from the slight depression there between the ribs.

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pit

n.2

"hard seed," 1841, from Dutch pit "kernel, seed, marrow," from Middle Dutch pitte, ultimately from West Germanic *pithan-, source of pith (q.v.).

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pit

v.

mid-15c., "to put into a pit," from pit (n.1); especially for purposes of fighting (of cocks, dogs, pugilists) from 1760. Figurative sense of "to set in rivalry" is from 1754. Meaning "to make pits in" is from late 15c. Related: Pitted; pitting. Cf. Pit-bull as a dog breed attested from 1922, short for pit-bull terrier (by 1912). This also is the notion behind the meaning "the part of a theater on the floor of the house" (1640s).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pitted in Medicine

pit

(pĭt)
n.
  1. A natural hollow or depression in the body or an organ.
  2. A pockmark.
  3. 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.
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v.
  1. To mark with cavities, depressions, or scars.
  2. To retain an impression after being indented. Used of the skin.
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pitted in Science

pit

[pĭt]
  1. 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 pitted

pit

In addition to the idiom beginning with pit

  • pit against

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  • the pits
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