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Pit (noun)

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Pit. n.s. [pıꞇ, Saxon.]

  1. A hole in the ground.

                            Get you gone,
    And from the pit of Acheron
    Meet me i' th' morning.
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

    Tumble me into some loathsome pit,
    Where never man's eye may behold my body.
    Shakesp.

    Our enemies have beat us to the pit;
    It is more worthy to leap in ourselves,
    Than tarry 'till they push us.
    Shakesp. Julius Caesar.

    Pits upon the sea-shore turn into fresh water, by percolation of the salt through the sand; but in some places of Africa, the water in such pits will become brackish again. Bacon.

  2. Abyss; profundity.

                Into what pit thou seest
    From what height fallen.
    Milton.

  3. The grave.

    O Lord, think no scorn of me, lest I become like them that go down into the pit. Psalm xxviii. 1.

  4. The area on which cocks fight; whence the phrase, to fly the pit.

    Make him glad, at least, to quit
    His victory, and fly the pit.
    Hudibras.

    They managed the dispute as fiercely, as two game-cocks in the pit. Locke on Education.

  5. The middle part of the theatre.

    Let Cully, Cockwood, Fopling charm the pit,
    And in their folly shew the writers wit.
    Dryden.

    Now luck for us, and a kind heartypit;
    For he who pleases, never fails of wit.
    Dryden.

  6. [Pis, peis, old Fr. from pectus, Lat.] Any hollow of the body: as, the pit of the stomach; the arm pit.

  7. A dint made by the finger.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Milton, John (449) · The Bible - Psalms (29) · Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (16)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Pit (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 14, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=18926.


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