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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 ?
Tarzan turned and kicked aside some of the brush which hid the pit. Instantly Tantor saw and understood.
Before him yawned the pit, how far he did not know, but to right and left lay the primeval jungle untouched by man.
Tarzan, standing upon the edge of the pit, smiled as he watched Tantor's undignified flight.
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.
Torusmargo pits help conifers compete with angiosperms.
Thirty pits were characterised over the course of two weeks.
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.
The choice of the area where the pit will be located, the total volume of the works to be located in the pit, the size of the pit, the temperature to be reached, the distribution of heat within the firing and (the most important of all) the quantity of combustibles to be used must be calculated one by one.
The first part includes a circular pit in the center that contains the mortar system itself.
A new maintenance facility at ScotRail's Shields Depot features bespoke inspection pit access platforms from SEMMCO.
The military has relied heavily on open pit burning in both conflicts, and operators of burn pits have not always followed relevant guidance to protect servicemembers from exposure to harmful emissions.