- 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[countable] (especially in compounds) a deep hole in the ground from which minerals are dug out a chalk/gravel pit in skin
- 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 in fruit
- 4[countable] a hard shell containing the nut or seed in the middle of some types of fruit a peach pit in motor racing
- 5 the 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 in theater
- 6[singular] = orchestra pit part of body
- 7 [countable] (informal) = armpit in business
- 8 [countable] the area of a stock exchange where a particular product is traded the corn pit compare floor Idioms
deep holenounjump to other results
to be very bad or the worst example of something
be the pits (informal)jump to other results
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
a bottomless pit (of something)jump to other results
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.
the pit of your/the stomachjump to other results