A close-up of a pit.




  • To make pits in; to mark with little hollows.
  • To put (an animal) into a pit for fighting.
  • To bring (something) into opposition with something else.
  • To return to the pits during a race for refuelling, tyre changes, repairs etc.
  • To remove the stone from a stone fruit or the shell from a drupe.


Similar words


  • From Middle English pit, pet, put, from Old English pytt, from Proto-West Germanic *puti, from Latin puteus, although there are phonetic difficulties.
  • From Dutch pit, from Middle Dutch pitte, from Proto-Germanic *pittan (compare dialectal German Pfitze), oblique of Proto-Germanic *piþō. Compare pith.
  • Shortening.

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