pitpit1 /pɪt/ ●●○ noun [countable]1holea)HOLEa hole in the ground, especially one made by diggingThe female digs a pit in which to lay the eggs.a five-foot deep pit →sandpitb)HOLEa large hole in the ground from which stones or minerals are obtained by digginggravel/sand/chalk pit2mineTI especially British English a coalmineDad first went down the pit (=worked in a coal mine) when he was 15 years old.a national strike against pit closures3mark a small hollowmark in the surface of something, especially on your skin as the result of a diseasethe deep pits left by smallpox4untidy place [usually singular] informalUNTIDY a house or room that is dirty, untidy, or in bad condition5 →be the pits6 →in/at the pit of your stomach7 →the pits8in a theatre an orchestrapit9in a garageTTC a hole in the floor of a garage that lets you get under a car to repair itan inspection pit10 →a/the pit of something11in fruit especially American EnglishHBPDF the single large hard seed in some fruits syn stone British Englisha peach pit12body part informalHBH an armpit13business American EnglishBFS the area of a stockexchange where people buy and sellshares syn floor British English
pitpit2 verb (pitted, pitting)1[transitive]HOLE to put small marks or holes in the surface of somethingbe pitted with somethingThe whole street was pitted with potholes. Grammar Pit is usually passive in this meaning.2[transitive] especially American EnglishDFC to take out the single hard seed inside some fruits syn stonePeel and pit two avocados.3[intransitive] American English to stop in a car race to get petrol or have your car repaired →pitted →pit somebody/something against somebody/something →pit out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
pit• Never in this century has the fight for the presidencypitted a congressional monarch against an incumbentpresident.• She was still quite ready for anything the Unionchose to pit a gains her.• Leaders and managers who are trying to speed up the pace of change in their organizations will find themselves pitted against job-mindedness.• Colors of the rainbowsparkled in the spray, the ground was less pitted and dusty.• You could also add drained, pitted canned cherries.• Stainless steelcutlery Can discolour and pit if left coated with food, so use the pre-wash cycle.• CO2 pellets do not pit or cut the surface they are cleaning.• Andretti pitted with 16 laps left.• The street was pitted with potholes.From Longman Business Dictionarypitpit /pɪt/ noun [countable] American English1FINANCE an area of the floor of a financial market where buying and selling takes place and dealers speak directly to each other SYN FLOOR, TRADING FLOORthe currency pit of the Chicago Commodity Exchangethe most active trader in the world’s most active futures-trading pit2a mine, especially a coal mineWe have no choice but to close unprofitable pits.