From Middle English, from Old English pytt (“pit, hole in the ground, well, grave, pustule, pockmark”), from Proto-Germanic *putjaz (“pit, well”), from Latin puteus (“trench, pit, well”), from Proto-Indo-European *pewǝ- (“to beat, hew”). Cognate with West Frisian pet (“pit”), Saterland Frisian put (“pit”), Dutch put (“well, pockmark”), German Pfütze (“puddle, pool”), Danish pyt (“pit”), Icelandic pytt (“pit”).
pit (plural pits)
- A hole in the ground.
- (motor racing) An area at a motor racetrack used for refueling and repairing the vehicles during a race.
- (music) A section of the marching band containing mallet percussion instruments and other large percussion instruments too large to march, such as the tam tam. Also, the area on the sidelines where these instruments are placed.
- A mine.
- (archaeology) A hole or trench in the ground, excavated according to grid coordinates, so that the provenance of any feature observed and any specimen or artifact revealed may be established by precise measurement.
- (trading) A trading pit.
- (in the plural, with the, idiomatic, slang) Something particularly unpleasant.
- His circus job was the pits, but at least he was in show business.
- The bottom part of.
- I felt pain in the pit of my stomach.
- (colloquial) Armpit.
- (aviation) A luggage hold.
- (countable) A small surface hole or depression, a fossa.
2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].
- The indented mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox.
- The grave, or underworld.
- Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chained.
- Bible, Job xxxiii. 18
- He keepeth back his soul from the pit.
- An enclosed area into which gamecocks, dogs, and other animals are brought to fight, or where dogs are trained to kill rats.
- John Locke
- as fiercely as two gamecocks in the pit
- John Locke
- Formerly, that part of a theatre, 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 theatre.
- (gaming) Part of a casino which typically holds tables for blackjack, craps, roulette, and other games.
- (transitive) To make pits in.
- Exposure to acid rain pitted the metal.
- To put (a dog) into a pit for fighting.
- (transitive) To bring (something) into opposition with something else.
- Are you ready to pit your wits against one of the world's greatest puzzles?
- 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games
- For the 75 years since a district rebellion was put down, The Games have existed as an assertion of the Capital’s power, a winner-take-all contest that touts heroism and sacrifice—participants are called “tributes”— while pitting the districts against each other.
- (intransitive, motor racing) To return to the pits during a race for refuelling, tyre changes, repairs etc.
pit (plural pits)
- (transitive) To remove the stone from a stone fruit or the shell from a drupe.
- One must pit a peach to make it ready for a pie.
pit m (plural pits)
- A seed inside a fruit.
- burner (on a stove)
- spirit, vigour
- 'Hij heeft pit' : He has something going for him.
Forms with the definite article
- (vagina): faighin
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- to put