pit

A pit is a hole in the ground, like the one in Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum” that the narrator tries not to fall into. A pit can also be smaller indentation. There’s also a pit hiding inside a peach.

Pit is a word with a wide variety of meanings. There's the pit you dig on the beach as a moat for your sandcastle, and the pit a hunter digs for trapping an animal. Then there's the sunken area of a performance hall where musicians play, an orchestra pit, and the area that's reserved for certain activity, like the trading pit at a stock exchange. Finally, a pit is also a large, hard seed — like a peach pit.

Definitions of pit
  1. noun
    a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)
    “they dug a pit to bury the body”
    synonyms: cavity
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    trou-de-loup
    a sloping pit with a stake in the middle used as an obstacle to the enemy
    barbecue pit
    a pit where wood or charcoal is burned to make a bed of hot coals suitable for barbecuing meat
    borrow pit
    a pit created to provide earth that can be used as fill at another site
    divot
    (golf) the cavity left when a piece of turf is cut from the ground by the club head in making a stroke
    fire pit
    a pit whose floor is incandescent lava
    quicksand
    a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down
    sandpit
    a large pit in sandy ground from which sand is dug
    sawpit
    a pit over which lumber is positioned to be sawed by two men with a long two-handed saw
    tar pit
    a natural accumulation of bitumens at the surface of the earth; often acts as a trap for animals whose bones are thus preserved
    type of:
    hole, hollow
    a depression hollowed out of solid matter
  2. noun
    a trap in the form of a concealed hole
    synonyms: pitfall
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    type of:
    trap
    a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
  3. noun
    a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
    synonyms: colliery
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    type of:
    work, workplace
    a place where work is done
  4. noun
    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    “a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'”
    synonyms: quarry, stone pit
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    types:
    chalk pit, chalkpit
    a quarry for chalk
    gravel pit
    a quarry for gravel
    type of:
    excavation
    a hole in the ground made by excavating
  5. noun
    lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
    synonyms: orchestra pit
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    type of:
    area
    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
  6. noun
    (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
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    area
    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
  7. noun
    (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
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    type of:
    area
    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
  8. noun
    a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
    synonyms: fossa
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    types:
    glenoid cavity, glenoid fossa
    the concavity in the head of the scapula that receives the head of the humerus to form the shoulder joint
    glenoid fossa, mandibular fossa
    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
    a slight depression in the midline just below the sternum (where a blow can affect the solar plexus)
    type of:
    bodily cavity, cavity, cavum
    (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
    a shape that curves or bends inward
  9. verb
    mark with a scar
    synonyms: mark, pock, scar
    mark, nock, score
    make small marks into the surface of
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    pockmark
    mark with or as if with pockmarks
    cicatrise, cicatrize
    form a scar, after an injury
    type of:
    blemish, deface, disfigure
    mar or spoil the appearance of
  10. noun
    (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment
    “a demon from the depths of the pit
    synonyms: Hell, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, perdition
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    Heaven
    the abode of God and the angels
    types:
    Gehenna, Tartarus
    a place where the wicked are punished after death
    hellfire, red region
    a place of eternal fire envisaged as punishment for the damned
    type of:
    fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place
    a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
  11. noun
    an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
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    cockpit
    a pit for cockfights
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    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  12. verb
    set into opposition or rivalry
    pit a chess player against the Russian champion”
    synonyms: match, oppose, play off
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    type of:
    confront, face
    oppose, as in hostility or a competition
  13. 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
    synonyms: endocarp, stone
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    types:
    peach pit
    the stone seed of a peach
    cherry stone
    the stone seed of a cherry
    type of:
    pericarp, seed vessel
    the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
  14. verb
    remove the pits from
    pit plums and cherries”
    synonyms: stone
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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