pit


pit
{{11}}pit (n.1) "hole," O.E. pytt "water hole, pit," from W.Gmc. *puttjaz "pool, puddle" (Cf. O.E. putti, O.N. pyttr, Du. put, Ger. Pfütze), early borrowing from L. puteus "well, pit, shaft." Meaning "abode of evil spirits, hell" is attested from early 13c. Pit of the stomach (1650s) is from the slight depression there between the ribs.
{{12}}pit (n.2) "hard seed," 1841, from Du. pit "kernel, seed, marrow," from M.Du. pitte, ultimately from W.Gmc. *pithan-, source of PITH (Cf. pith) (q.v.).
{{12}}pit (v.) mid-15c., "to put into a pit," from PIT (Cf. pit) (n.1); especially for purposes of fighting (of cocks, dogs, pugilists) from 1760. Figurative sense of "to set in rivalry: is from 1754. Meaning "to make pits in" is from late 15c. Related: Pitted; pitting. Cf. Pit-bull terrier, first recorded 1945. This also is the notion behind the meaning "the part of a theater on the floor of the house" (1640s).

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  • Pit — Pit, n. [OE. pit, put, AS. pytt a pit, hole, L. puteus a well, pit.] 1. A large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an indentation; specifically: (a) The shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pit — may refer to:Technology* Programmable Interval Timer, a computing device * Pulsed inductive thruster, a device used in spacecraft propulsion * The core of a nuclear weaponPlaces* Pit River, a watershed in California * Pittsburgh International… …   Wikipedia

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  • pit — ☆ pit1 [pit ] n. [Du < MDu pitte, akin to PITH] the hard stone, as of the plum, peach, or cherry, which contains the seed vt. pitted, pitting to remove the pit from (a fruit) pit2 [pit] n. [ME < OE pytt < early WGmc & NGmc * puttia (> …   English World dictionary

  • pit — Ⅰ. pit [1] ► NOUN 1) a large hole in the ground. 2) a mine or excavation for coal, chalk, etc. 3) a hollow or indentation in a surface. 4) a sunken area in a workshop floor allowing access to a car s underside. 5) an area at the side of a track… …   English terms dictionary

  • PIT — (engl. für „Grube“) ist Hundekampfarena (siehe: Kampfhund) eine (datentragende) Vertiefung auf einer Compact Disc ein Fluss in Kalifornien, siehe Pit River. die Fachbezeichnung für mikroskopisch kleine Vertiefungen/Schädigungen an Werksteinen von …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pit — Pit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pitting}.] 1. To place or put into a pit or hole. [1913 Webster] They lived like beasts, and were pitted like beasts, tumbled into the grave. T. Grander. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark with little… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pit — (engl. für „Grube“) ist eine (datentragende) Vertiefung auf einer Compact Disc eine Arena für Hundekämpfe ein Fluss in Kalifornien, siehe Pit River. die Fachbezeichnung für mikroskopisch kleine Vertiefungen/Schädigungen an Werksteinen von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pit — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Un pit es uno de los pequeños agujeros o depresiones que el láser, sobre la superficie de un CD, DVD o cualquier otro soporte digital óptico como blu ray disc o HD DVD, quema para escribir un valor binario. El láser… …   Wikipedia Español

  • pit — sb., ten, pit, tene (ved motorløb), i sms. pit , fx pitstop; køre i pit …   Dansk ordbog

  • Pit — das; s, s <aus engl. pit »Grube«>: 1. im altengl. Theater der der Spielfläche gegenüberliegende Hof, in dem ärmere Zuschauer Stehplätze hatten. 2. (meist Plur.) Informationsträger auf Kompaktschallplatten (Elektrot.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch