a large deep hole from which stones or minerals are quarried:a gravel pit
a coal mine: [as modifier]:the recent protests over planned pit closures
a low or wretched psychological state:a black pit of depression
(the pit) literary hell.
2an area reserved or enclosed for a specific purpose, in particular:
(usually the pits) an area at the side of a track where racing cars are serviced and refuelled: [as modifier]:the pit lane
a sunken area in a workshop floor allowing access to a car’s underside.
an orchestra pit.
a part of the floor of a stock exchange in which a particular stock or commodity is traded:pooled commodity funds liquidated positions in the corn and soybean pitsthe trading pit of the Singapore International Monetary Exchange
(the pit) British dated the seating at the back of the stalls of a theatre.
chiefly historical an enclosure in which animals are made to fight:a bear pit
3a hollow or indentation in a surface.
a small indentation left on the skin by a pustule or spot; a pockmark.
4British informal a person’s bed.
5 informal a person’s armpit.
1 (pit someone/thing against) set someone or something in conflict or competition with:you’ll get the chance to pit your wits against the world champions
historical set an animal to fight against (another animal) for sport:there were usually three dogs pitted against one lion
[because formerly set against each other in a ‘pit’ or enclosure]
2make a hollow or indentation in the surface of:rain poured down, pitting the bare earth
[no object] sink in or contract so as to form a pit or hollow.
3 [no object] drive a racing car into the pits for fuel or maintenance:he pitted on lap 36 with sudden engine trouble
be the pits
informal be extremely bad or the worst of its kind.
dig a pit for
try to trap.
the pit of one's (or the) stomach
the lower abdomen regarded as the seat of strong feelings, especially anxiety.