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English noun: pit

1. pit (object) a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)


SamplesThey dug a pit to bury the body.


Synonymscavity


Broader (hypernym)hole, hollow


Narrower (hyponym)barbecue pit, borrow pit, divot, fire pit, quicksand, sandpit, sawpit, tar pit, trou-de-loup

2. pit (shape) a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)


Synonymsfossa


Broader (hypernym)bodily cavity, cavity, cavum, concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature


Narrower (hyponym)epigastric fossa, glenoid cavity, glenoid fossa, glenoid fossa, mandibular fossa, pit of the stomach

3. pit (plant) the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed


SamplesYou should remove the stones from prunes before cooking.


Synonymsendocarp, stone


Broader (hypernym)pericarp, seed vessel


Narrower (hyponym)cherry stone, peach pit

4. pit (cognition) (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment


SamplesHurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell.
A demon from the depths of the pit.
Hell is paved with good intentions.


SynonymsHell, infernal region, Inferno, nether region, perdition


Broader (hypernym)fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place


Narrower (hyponym)Gehenna, hellfire, red region, Tartarus


Domain categoryChristian religion, Christianity


Antonymsheaven

5. pit (artifact) an enclosure in which animals are made to fight


Broader (hypernym)enclosure


Narrower (hyponym)cockpit

6. pit (artifact) (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on


Broader (hypernym)area


Part meronymcommodities exchange, commodities market, commodity exchange

7. pit (artifact) (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled


Broader (hypernym)area


Domain categoryauto racing, car racing

8. pit (artifact) a trap in the form of a concealed hole


Synonymspitfall


Broader (hypernym)trap

9. pit (artifact) a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate


SamplesA British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'.


Synonymsquarry, stone pit


Broader (hypernym)excavation


Narrower (hyponym)chalk pit, chalkpit, gravel pit

10. pit (artifact) lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers


Synonymsorchestra pit


Broader (hypernym)area


Part meronymhouse, theater, theatre

11. pit (artifact) a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it


Synonymscolliery


Broader (hypernym)work, workplace


Part holonymcoal mine, coalpit, mine


English verb: pit

1. pit (competition) set into opposition or rivalry


SamplesLet them match their best athletes against ours.
Pit a chess player against the Russian champion.
He plays his two children off against each other.


Synonymsmatch, oppose, play off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)confront, face

2. pit (contact) mark with a scar


SamplesThe skin disease scarred his face permanently.


Synonymsmark, pock, scar


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)blemish, deface, disfigure


Narrower (hyponym)cicatrise, cicatrize, pockmark


Entailincise


Verb groupmark, nock, score

3. pit (change) remove the pits from


SamplesPit plums and cherries.


Synonymsstone


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw









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