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  1. [noun] a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body"
    Synonyms: cavity

  2. [noun] a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
    Synonyms: fossa

  3. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: stone, endocarp

  4. [noun] a trap in the form of a concealed hole
    Synonyms: fall

  5. [noun] a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
    Synonyms: quarry, stone

  6. [noun] lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
    Synonyms: orchestra

  7. [noun] a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
    Synonyms: colliery

  8. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: oppose, match, play off

  9. [verb] mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
    Synonyms: scar, mark, pock

  10. [verb] remove the pits from; "pit plums and cherries"
    Synonyms: stone


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