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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 ?
Backward and downward he went toward the sharpened stakes in the bottom of the pit.
When, a moment later, the blacks came they saw even from a distance that Tantor had eluded them, for the size of the hole in the pit covering was too small to have accommodated the huge bulk of an elephant.
Some of them there had glimpsed this forest god before and they drew back in terror, awed by the presence which they had for some time believed to possess the miraculous powers of a demon; but others there were who pushed forward, thinking only of the capture of an enemy, and these leaped into the pit and lifted Tarzan out.
I quitted the island, as I said, without any escort except my ass; I fell into a pit, I pushed on through it, until this morning by the light of the sun I saw an outlet, but not so easy a one but that, had not heaven sent me my master Don Quixote, I'd have stayed there till the end of the world.
Quick, guardsmen, to the pits with the black maniac who wishes to throw his life away for a poor joke upon your ruler
Day after day was the thing repeated, until I was on the verge of madness; and then, as I had done in the pits of the Warhoons, I took a new, firm hold upon my reason and forced it back into the channels of sanity.
Mounds where the grass was rank and high, and where brambles, dock-weed, and such-like vegetation, were confusedly heaped together, they always avoided; for dismal stories were told in that country of the old pits hidden beneath such indications.
He had not minded it when the Tarmangani squatted upon the verge of the pit and looked down upon him, for had not this Tarmangani fed him?
It took me but a short time to locate the plans of the pits of Helium among thy official papers.
Of course, these openings which lead from contiguous pits to those beneath government buildings are always guarded, and so, while I easily came to the entrance to the pits beneath the palace which Zat Arras is occupying, I found there a Zodangan soldier on guard.
At the point where we left the pits of Zat Arras we found the body of the guard Carthoris had slain.
Some half-hour later we came to the pits beneath our own palace, and soon thereafter emerged into the audience chamber itself, where we found Kantos Kan, Tars Tarkas, Hor Vastus, and Xodar awaiting us most impatiently.