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pit

noun [C]  /pɪt/ us  

pit noun [C] (HOLE)

a large hole in the ground, or a hollow in any surface: The trash had been buried in a six-foot-deep pit. a fire pit A pit is also the area in the front of a theater where the musicians perform.The pit of your stomach The pit of your stomach is the center of your body, where you feel esp. fear and anxiety: I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach before the performance.

pit noun [C] (SEED)

a large, hard seed that grows inside some types of fruit and vegetables: a peach/plum/cherry pit

pit noun [C] (REPAIR AREA)

an area on the side of a track on which cars race, where the cars are given fuel or repaired during a race

pit noun [C] (UNDERGROUND METALS)

( also pit mine) a hole from which natural substances, such as rocks and minerals , are dug; mine
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