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Definition of "pit" []

  • A natural or artificial hole or cavity in the ground. (noun)
  • An excavation for the removal of mineral deposits; a mine. (noun)
  • The shaft of a mine. (noun)
  • A concealed hole in the ground used as a trap; a pitfall. (noun)
  • Hell. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pit" in a sentence
  • "The boxes and other parts of the house were crammed, with the exception of the pit, which looked beggarly; on which an actor observed to a brother of the sock, "We've no _pit_ to-night.""
  • "Outside of what we term pit and dress circle is a partition, three or four feet high, dividing them from a promenade ten or fifteen feet wide."
  • "Moreover, the term pit bull isn't really a breed at all."