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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.


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)


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


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


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


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


Verb groupmark, nock, score

3. pit (change) remove the pits from

SamplesPit plums and cherries.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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

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