(noun, verb)


1. a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)

- they dug a pit to bury the body

Similar word(s): cavity

Definition categories: object, hole, hollow

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

Similar word(s): fossa

Definition categories: shape, cavity, cavum, concavity, incurvation, incurvature

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

Similar word(s): endocarp, stone

Definition categories: plant, pericarp

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

- a demon from the depths of the pit

Similar word(s): hell, inferno, perdition

Definition categories: thought

5. an enclosure in which animals are made to fight

Definition categories: man–made, enclosure

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

Definition categories: man–made, area

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

Definition categories: man–made, area

8. a trap in the form of a concealed hole

Similar word(s): pitfall

Definition categories: man–made, trap

9. a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

- a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'

Similar word(s): quarry

Definition categories: man–made, excavation

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

Definition categories: man–made, area

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

Similar word(s): colliery

Definition categories: man–made, work, workplace

Sentences with pit as a noun:

- His circus job was the pits, but at least he was in show business.

- I felt pain in the pit of my stomach.


1. set into opposition or rivalry

- pit a chess player against the Russian champion

Similar word(s): match, oppose

Definition categories: competition, confront, face

2. mark with a scar

Similar word(s): mark, pock, scar

Definition categories: contact, blemish, deface, disfigure

3. remove the pits from

- pit plums and cherries

Similar word(s): stone

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

Sentences with pit as a verb:

- Exposure to acid rain pitted the metal.

- Are you ready to pit your wits against one of the world's greatest puzzles?

- One must pit a peach to make it ready for a pie.