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Dictionary definition for: Pit

1. (n) a sizeable hole (usually in the ground) "they dug a pit to bury the body"

2. (v) 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"

3. (n) a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)

4. (v) mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently"

5. (n) 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"

6. (v) remove the pits from; "pit plums and cherries"

7. (n) a trap in the form of a concealed hole

8. (n) a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for "quarry" is "stone pit"

9. (n) lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers

10. (n) a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it

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