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1 pit

A sizeable hole (usually in the ground):
— They dug a pit to bury the body.

synonym: cavity.

Roget 260: hole, foramen; puncture, perforation; fontanel; transforation; pinhole, keyhole, loophole, porthole, peephole, mousehole, pigeonhole; eye of a needle; ... show more

Roget 252: concavity, depression, dip; hollow, hollowness; indentation, intaglio, cavity, dent, dint, dimple, follicle, pit, sinus, ... show more

Roget 208: depth; deepness etc. adj.; profundity, depression etc. (concavity) 252.    hollow, pit, shaft, well, ... show more

Roget 599: the drama, the stage, the theater, the play; film the film, movies, motion pictures, cinema, cinematography; theatricals, dramaturgy, histrionic art, buskin, sock, ... show more

Dutch: kuil

2 pit

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

synonym: fossa.

Dutch: put

3 pit

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.

Roget 363: interment, burial, sepulture; inhumation; obsequies, exequies; funeral, wake, pyre, funeral pile; cremation.    funeral, funeral rite, ... show more

Dutch: steen, endocarpium, endocarp
Polish: endokarp

4 pit

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, infernal region, Inferno, nether region, perdition.

Dutch: eeuwige, hel, verderf, verdoemenis

5 pit

An enclosure in which animals are made to fight.

6 pit

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

Dutch: één april

7 pit

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

Dutch: pit, put

8 pit

A trap in the form of a concealed hole.

synonym: pitfall.

Dutch: valkuil
Polish: wilczy dół

9 pit

A surface excavation for extracting stone or slate:
— A British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'.

synonyms: quarry, stone pit.

Dutch: groeve, steengroeve
Polish: kamieniołom

10 pit

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

synonym: orchestra pit.

Dutch: orkestbak
Polish: fosa orkiestrowa, kanał, kanał dla orkiestry, podscenie

11 pit

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

synonym: colliery.

Dutch: kolenmijn, koolmijn, steenkolenmijn


1 pit

Set into opposition or rivalry:
— Pit a chess player against the Russian champion.

synonyms: match, oppose, play off.

2 pit

Mark with a scar.

synonyms: mark, pock, scar.

Dutch: litteken

3 pit

Remove the pits from:
— Pit plums and cherries.

synonym: stone.

Moby thesaurus: American Stock Exchange, Amex, L, R, Wall Street, abysm, abyss, acorn, acting area, agora, alveolation, alveolus, amphitheater, antrum, apron, apron stage, arena, armpit, athletic field, audience ... show more.

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