"pits" in the noun sense
1. pit, cavity
a sizeable hole (usually in the ground
"they dug a pit to bury the body"
2. pit, fossa
a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
3. stone, pit, endocarp
the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
"you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking"
4. Hell, perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, pit
Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil where sinners suffer eternal punishment
"Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton
"a demon from the depths of the pit"
"Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson
an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
8. pit, pitfall
a trap in the form of a concealed hole
9. pit, quarry, stone pit
a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
"a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
10. orchestra pit, pit
lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
11. colliery, pit
a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
"pits" in the verb sense
1. pit, oppose, match, play off
set into opposition or rivalry
"let them match their best athletes against ours"
"pit a chess player against the Russian champion"
"He plays his two children off against each other"
2. scar, mark, pock, pit
mark with a scar
"The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
3. pit, stone
remove the pits from
"pit plums and cherries"
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