Forcing pit


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forcing pit a plant bed having an under layer of fermenting manure, the fermentation yielding bottom heat for forcing plants; a hotbed.
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In literature:

Your statics declare that two Forces thus pitted against each other are reciprocally rendered null.
"Seraphita" by Honore de Balzac
Yet the poet was forced to sacrifice it to the essentially vaudevillist spirit of the pit.
"Juana" by Honore de Balzac
Here was the new trail the animals were forced to make by the pit.
"Wild Animals I Have Known" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Opposing forces became more clearly defined and were pitted against each other in hostile array.
"The Anti-Slavery Crusade" by Jesse Macy
To pit my forces against the emperor's would be neither politic nor sensible.
"The Puppet Crown" by Harold MacGrath
Those who pit their intelligences against the forces of Nature, and try to search out her secrets, become humble.
"Stella Fregelius" by H. Rider Haggard
He forced his way out through the swaying bodies and swinging arms of the occupants of the pit.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
The pit rallied their forces and drove them out.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
The Arab who forced open your royal tomb, in the subterranean pits of the Necropolis of Thebes, was sent there by him.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
He must pit his force against someone or something.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Doggedly, the Earthman pitted his mighty sinews against the force he could not understand.
"Vulcan's Workshop" by Harl Vincent
Although originally the door had been thick and strong, the destructive forces of the tropics had pitted and rotted the wood.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
The man took Jason's blow on his upraised shield and was toppled back into the pit by the force of it.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
The bankman lay insensible at a distance of some yards from the pit, where he had been thrown by the force of the explosion.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
How could one so weak pit himself against the cruel forces of nature such as are to be found in that land?
"The Trail of the Axe" by Ridgwell Cullum
They cut a gully here, or scoop out a pit there, according to the force and size of the torrents.
"Girl Scouts in the Rockies" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Our sharp-shooters were advanced from night to night and pitted before daylight, each line being held by new forces as the advance was made.
"From Manassas to Appomattox" by James Longstreet
Continue the forcing of asparagus, rhubarb and sea-kale, in pits and in the mushroom-house.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various
His life was of the hardest, for he loved to pit his strength against the forces of Nature.
"Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O." by J.G. Millais
The pits used for the forcing of the vine and peach have each a flue that runs parallel to the back wall, and about eighteen inches from it.
"Journal of a Horticultural Tour through Germany, Belgium, and part of France, in the Autumn of 1835" by James Forbes

In poetry:

Whilst the ungodly, in the pit below,
(Whene'er their souls from their pale bodies go)
Are forc'd for ever in fierce flames to roll,
Like worldly Dives's unhappy soul.
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A new version of the US Army's popular shooter game pits you against superior forces and you get to drive a Humvee.
The two traded the lead repeatedly until Barnes was forced to pit.
The Romano family says a neighbor's pit bull forced its way into their backyard and killed their Jack Russell.
The Spanish Civil War pitted the well-equipped and well-trained nationalist armed forces, led by Franco, against the poorly armed and trained troops of the elected Republican Government.
Nampa Police in Idaho, have released a video of officers taking down a pit bull with deadly force, after the dog attacked one of them.
Like a race car forced to make a pit stop, Frank Gore watched some competitors zoom past him last week.
The bromance between Spike Mendelsohn and Marcel Vigneron was forced to come to a head when the two were pitted against each other in the secret-ingredient showdown.
Its soul had been wrenched open the summer before by riots that pitted angry black residents against a mostly white police force.
A pack of pit bulls ripped through the front of a Southern California man's minivan in a stunning display of force that would make Cujo cringe.
No heavenly hosts pitted against the forces of Satan.
Three quarters of the band Kiss, plus a member of Devo, joined forces to open up the pit.
The task force was created after the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that property owners and landlords can be held liable for pit bull attacks.
However, one lug nut was left off the car's left rear tire, and Johnson was forced to return to the pits.
A Goldsboro police officer was forced to shoot a charging pit bull in defense of another officer on Nov 30 at 209 E Elm St The dog died shortly after being hit once in the mid-section.
Nampa Police say an officer was forced to shoot a family's pit-bull Monday evening after it attacked.

In science:

When a charged particle tunnels from a nucleus and moves in the field of the force center only a part of its total energy converts into kinet ic energy. Let us consider a particle tunneling through the Coulomb barr ier in the model o f a rectangular potential pit with energy E .
Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology