|1.||[ noun ] (geography) a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)|
"they dug a pit to bury the body"
|Related terms:||hole sawpit borrow_pit tar_pit quicksand barbecue_pit sandpit fire_pit divot|
|2.||[ verb ] set into opposition or rivalry|
|Synonyms:||oppose play_off match|
"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"
|Related terms:||confront playoff|
|3.||[ noun ] a trap in the form of a concealed hole|
|4.||[ verb ] mark with a scar|
|Synonyms:||mark pock scar|
"The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
|Related terms:||deface cicatrize scarify pockmark score scar scratch pitting pock incise|
|5.||[ noun ] (theater) lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers|
|Related terms:||area theater|
|6.||[ noun ] (botany) the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed|
|Related terms:||seed pericarp cherry_stone peach_pit|
|7.||[ verb ] remove the pits from, as of certain fruit such as peaches|
|Related terms:||remove endocarp|
|8.||[ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)|
|Related terms:||concavity cavity pit_of_the_stomach glenoid_fossa glenoid_fossa|
|9.||[ noun ] a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate|
: "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
|Related terms:||excavation chalkpit gravel_pit trou-de-loup quarry|
|10.||[ noun ] (botany) 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"
|Related terms:||pericarp cherry_stone peach_pit|
|11.||[ noun ] (work,mining) a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it|
|Related terms:||workplace mine coal_mine coalmine|