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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


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



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).


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.
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.


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


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


Language for IBM 650. (See IT).


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.)
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She suspects, for instance, that closer inspection of human bones previously found in circular pits elsewhere in Europe will reveal additional instances of violent deaths from a time when armed conflicts occurred between some communities CS7V: 9/19/15, p.
Police said the adult male pit bull and another dog in the home were euthanized Tuesday at the owner's request.
The pits range in size from about 5 meters across to more than 900 meters in diameter, and three of them were first identified using images from the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft.
While wood burning fire pits are the variety that consumers are more familiar with, Premiere Fire Pits identified a growing trend in the number of people requesting gas units.
Specifically, NNSA's goals were to create a capability to manufacture 10 pits per year starting in 2007 and to deliver a single W88 war reserve pit to the stockpile in 2007.
The timing was perfect since the company retired its adjacent Dome super pit at the end of 2005.
With proper placement and maintenance, a sealant has proven longevity and will protect the caries susceptible pits and fissures of the tooth from decay.
CD-writers don't make pits, however; so the R&D people at Calimetrics developed a chip for guiding a write-head to produce dynamic range of "colors"--shades of gray, actually--in the recording layer of CDs, both in write-once (dye-based) CD-R media, and in rewritable (phase-change alloy-based) CD-RW media.
I propose the following: Require all high-school pits [in the state) to be marked with a "Safe Zone" and require vaulters to land within that zone in meets.
The project is to be built in a disused clay pit near St Austell in Cornwall.
The pits usually measure 4 x 4 feet on the surface and three feet deep.