pit Definition

  • 1a large hole in the ground, especially one made by digging for minerals such as coal, gold, or diamonds
  • 2the hard stone in the center of some fruits, such as peaches, plums, and cherries
  • 3an area at the side of a racetrack where cars can be serviced and refueled during a race

Using pit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The miners descended into the pit to extract the coal.

  • Example

    She accidentally swallowed a cherry pit.

  • Example

    The pit crew worked quickly to change the car's tires and refuel it.

pit Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for pit

Phrases with pit

  • a situation or condition that seems to have no end or limit and is often unpleasant or difficult


    Her depression felt like a bottomless pit, with no way out.

  • pit of one's stomach

    a feeling of anxiety or fear in one's stomach


    She had a pit in her stomach before the big exam.

  • a place or situation full of conflict, chaos, or danger


    The office was a snake pit, with everyone constantly fighting and backstabbing each other.


Summary: pit in Brief

The term 'pit' [pɪt] refers to a large hole in the ground, often dug for minerals, or the hard stone in the center of some fruits. It can also refer to an area at the side of a racetrack where cars can be serviced during a race. Phrases like 'bottomless pit' and 'pit of one's stomach' denote feelings of anxiety or endlessness, while 'snake pit' refers to a place full of conflict or danger.

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