American English

Definition of pit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    deep hole
  1. 1[countable] a large deep hole in the ground We dug a deep pit in the yard. The body had been dumped in a pit.
  2. 2[countable] (especially in compounds) a deep hole in the ground from which minerals are dug out a chalk/gravel pit
  3. in skin
  4. 3[countable] a small shallow hole in the surface of something, especially a mark left on the surface of the skin by some disease, such as chicken pox see also pitted
  5. in fruit
  6. 4[countable] a hard shell containing the nut or seed in the middle of some types of fruit a peach pit
  7. in motor racing
  8. 5the pit [singular] (also the pits [plural]) a place near the track where cars can stop for fuel, new tires, etc. during a race see also pit stop
  9. in theater
  10. 6[singular] = orchestra pit
  11. part of body
  12. 7[countable] (informal) = armpit
  13. in business
  14. 8[countable] the area of a stock exchange where a particular product is traded the corn pit compare floor
  15. Idioms
    be the pits (informal)
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    to be very bad or the worst example of something
    a bottomless pit (of something)
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    a thing or situation which seems to have no limits or seems never to end There isn't a bottomless pit of money for public spending. the bottomless pit of his sorrow
    the pit of your/the stomach
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    the bottom of the stomach, where people say they feel strong feelings, especially fear He had a sudden sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pit