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pit

1. the pit hell
2. the area that is occupied by the orchestra in a theatre, located in front of the stage
3. Anatomy
a. a small natural depression on the surface of a body, organ, structure, or part; fossa
b. the floor of any natural bodily cavity
4. Pathol a small indented scar at the site of a former pustule; pockmark
5. any of various small areas in a plant cell wall that remain unthickened when the rest of the cell becomes lignified, esp the vascular tissue
6. a working area at the side of a motor-racing track for servicing or refuelling vehicles
7. a rowdy card game in which players bid for commodities
8. an area of sand or other soft material at the end of a long-jump approach, behind the bar of a pole vault, etc., on which an athlete may land safely
9. the ground floor of the auditorium of a theatre
10. another word for pitfall

pit

Chiefly US and Canadian
the stone of a cherry, plum, etc.

Pit

 

a shallow (up to 25 m deep) vertical or, less often, inclined mining excavation that is sunk from the surface. Pits are used for various purposes, such as the exploration of mineral deposits, ventilation, the raising of water, the hauling of materials, and the lowering and hoisting of people.

What does it mean when you dream about a pit?

A pit is something we fall into, get stuck in, and have difficulty getting out of, so dreaming about being in a pit could reflect these feelings. We also talk about being in a “bottomless pit” or taking a “pit stop.” (See also Cave, Hole).

pit

[pit]
(botany)
A cavity in the secondary wall of a plant cell, formed where secondary deposition has failed to occur, and the primary wall remains uncovered; two main types are simple pits and bordered pits.
The stone of a drupaceous fruit.
(metallurgy)
A small hole in the surface of a metal; usually caused by corrosion or formed during electroplating operations.
(mining engineering)
A coal mine; the term is not commonly used by the coal industry, except in reference to surface mining where the workings may be known as a strip pit.
Any quarry, mine, or excavation area worked by the open-cut method to obtain material of value.

pit

2. A small circular hole in a paint film; also See pockmarking.
3. An excavation; a hole in the ground.

Pit,

the Board of Trade’s cellar, where all bidding occurs. [Am. Lit.: The Pit. Magill I, 756–758]

PIT

Language for IBM 650. (See IT).

pit

An indentation in an optical medium such as a CD-ROM or DVD. The laser beam is either absorbed in the pit or reflects off the non-indented areas, which are called "lands." Using various algorithms, the reflections are converted into 0 and 1 bits.


Pits and Lands
This microscopic view of a CD-ROM and DVD disc compares the track density and pits and lands, which account for 7.5 times as much data on the DVD. (Image courtesy of C-Cube Microsystems.)
References in classic literature ?
It came to pass, then, that having sallied forth one morning to practise and exercise himself in what he would have to do in the encounter he expected to find himself engaged in the next day, as he was putting Rocinante through his paces or pressing him to the charge, he brought his feet so close to a pit that but for reining him in tightly it would have been impossible for him to avoid falling into it.
Find it he did, soon after dawn, and not far from the sand pits.
might I have not known that into the pit it was the object of the burning iron to urge me?
Never shall I forget that trip through the pits of Issus.
When we reached the edge of the pit I saw that it was very deep, and presently I realized I was soon to judge just how far it extended below the surface of the court, for he who held the rope passed it about my body in such a way that it could be released from above at any time; and then, as all the warriors grasped it, he pushed me forward, and I fell into the yawning abyss.
Just before we came to Joseph's Pit, we had "raised" a hill, and there, a few miles before us, with not a tree or a shrub to interrupt the view, lay a vision which millions of worshipers in the far lands of the earth would give half their possessions to see--the sacred Sea of Galilee!
At the edge of this vast hole, which was none other than the pit marked on the old Dom's map, the Great Road branched into two and circumvented it.
The soldiers dragged it awkwardly from the post and began pushing it into the pit.
The Wizard was so pleased to have saved the two children and himself that he said nothing against this decree; but when the Princess had gone both Jim and Eureka protested they did not want to go to the Black Pit, and Dorothy promised she would do all that she could to save them from such a fate.
The ordinary lion pit with which Tarzan was familiar had stakes imbedded in the bottom, upon whose sharpened points the hapless lion would be impaled, but this pit was not so made.
And then holding Balatta by the hand and leading her onward, he came to it--a tremendous pit, obviously artificial, in the heart of the plateau.
This metal, in fact, is the most tenacious, the most ductile, and the most malleable, and consequently suitable for all moulding operations; and when smelted with pit coal, is of superior quality for all engineering works requiring great resisting power, such as cannon, steam boilers, hydraulic presses, and the like.