Pit Definition

Define what is Pit?

1. cavity, pit (noun)

a sizeable hole (usually in the ground).

  • they dug a pit to bury the body.
Synonyms: cavity

hollow, hole noun
a depression hollowed out of solid matter.


trou-de-loup noun
a sloping pit with a stake in the middle used as an obstacle to the enemy.

barbecue pit noun
a pit where wood or charcoal is burned to make a bed of hot coals suitable for barbecuing meat.

borrow pit noun
a pit created to provide earth that can be used as fill at another site.

divot noun
(golf) the cavity left when a piece of turf is cut from the ground by the club head in making a stroke.

fire pit noun
a pit whose floor is incandescent lava.

quicksand noun
a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down.

sandpit noun
a large pit in sandy ground from which sand is dug.

sawpit noun
a pit over which lumber is positioned to be sawed by two men with a long two-handed saw.

tar pit noun
a natural accumulation of bitumens at the surface of the earth; often acts as a trap for animals whose bones are thus preserved.

2. pit, play off, oppose, match (verb)

set into opposition or rivalry.

  • let them match their best athletes against ours.
  • pit a chess player against the Russian champion.
  • He plays his two children off against each other.
Synonyms: play off, oppose, match

confront, face verb
oppose, as in hostility or a competition.

3. Fossa, pit (noun)

a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression).

    Synonyms: Fossa

    bodily cavity, cavum, cavity noun
    (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body.

    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature noun
    a shape that curves or bends inward.


    glenoid cavity, glenoid fossa noun
    the concavity in the head of the scapula that receives the head of the humerus to form the shoulder joint.

    glenoid fossa, mandibular fossa noun
    a deep concavity in the temporal bone at the root of the zygomatic arch that receives the condyle of the mandible.

    epigastric fossa, pit of the stomach noun
    a slight depression in the midline just below the sternum (where a blow can affect the solar plexus).

    4. pock, scar, pit, Mark (verb)

    mark with a scar.

    • The skin disease scarred his face permanently.
    Synonyms: pock, scar, Mark

    blemish, deface, disfigure verb
    mar or spoil the appearance of.


    pockmark verb
    mark with or as if with pockmarks.

    cicatrise, cicatrize verb
    form a scar, after an injury.

    5. Stone, pit (verb)

    remove the pits from.

    • pit plums and cherries.
    Synonyms: Stone

    remove, take away, withdraw, take verb
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.

    6. endocarp, pit, Stone (noun)

    the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.

    • you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking.
    Synonyms: endocarp, Stone

    pericarp, seed vessel noun
    the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary.


    peach pit noun
    the stone seed of a peach.

    cherry stone noun
    the stone seed of a cherry.

    7. infernal region, nether region, perdition, Hell, Inferno, pit (noun)

    (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment.

    • Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell.
    • a demon from the depths of the pit.
    • Hell is paved with good intentions.
    Antonyms: Heaven (noun)

    the abode of God and the angels.


    fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place noun
    a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings.


    Gehenna, Tartarus noun
    a place where the wicked are punished after death.

    hellfire, red region noun
    a place of eternal fire envisaged as punishment for the damned.

    8. pit (noun)

    an enclosure in which animals are made to fight.


      enclosure noun
      a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose.


      cockpit noun
      a pit for cockfights.

      9. pit (noun)

      (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on.


        area noun
        a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function.

        10. pit (noun)

        (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled.


          area noun
          a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function.

          11. pitfall, pit (noun)

          a trap in the form of a concealed hole.

            Synonyms: pitfall

            trap noun
            a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned.

            12. stone pit, quarry, pit (noun)

            a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate.

            • a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'.
            Synonyms: stone pit, quarry

            excavation noun
            a hole in the ground made by excavating.


            chalk pit, chalkpit noun
            a quarry for chalk.

            gravel pit noun
            a quarry for gravel.

            13. orchestra pit, pit (noun)

            lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers.

              Synonyms: orchestra pit

              area noun
              a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function.

              14. colliery, pit (noun)

              a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it.

                Synonyms: colliery

                workplace, work noun
                a place where work is done.

                Nearby Terms

                pit bull terrier (noun)
                American breed of muscular terriers with a short close-lying stiff coat

                pit of the stomach (noun)
                a slight depression in the midline just below the sternum (where a blow can affect the solar plexus)

                pit run (noun)
                gravel as found in natural deposits

                pit stop (noun)
                a stop during an automobile trip for rest and refreshment

                pit viper (noun)
                New World vipers with hollow fangs and a heat-sensitive pit on each side of the head

                pit-a-pat (adverb)
                as of footsteps

                pit-run gravel (noun)
                gravel as found in natural deposits

                pita (noun)
                usually small round bread that can open into a pocket for filling

                pitahaya (noun)
                cactus of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico having edible juicy fruit

                pitahaya cactus (noun)
                cactus of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico having edible juicy fruit

                pitanga (noun)
                Brazilian tree with spicy red fruit; often cultivated in California and Florida

                pitch (noun)
                the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration

                pitch accent (noun)
                emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness

                pitch apple (noun)
                a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers

                pitch black (noun)
                a very dark black