stone pit


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stone pit a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate "a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stone pit a quarry where stones are dug.
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In literature:

In the night they took Harrison's money and 'tumbled me down a stone-pit.
"Historical Mysteries" by Andrew Lang
Rounded pounding stones with finger pits.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
The hazards consist of a cliff, sandbanks, pits, stone walls, and water.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
The ceremony being over, the mouth of the pit was again covered with the stone, and the company returned.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
Over there a stone pit; faces grown like the faces of beasts, a picked-up rabble of assassins.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Here are the remarkable stone-cased pits, referred to in Chapter IX.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
It was found in the process of enlarging a stone-pit in the parish of Castle Bytham.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
The first meet I went out with him was Wartnaby Stone Pits.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
Others were pointing a stone nozzle, extending out of a pit, directly upward.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
We had no shovel, and must make a pit with rails and stones, which we could gather up in front.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
Then the covering of dirt was thrown back upon the mats and heated stones, filling the pit which had been dug.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
We laid his remains in an empty pit which we had found, and filled it in as well as we could, with clods and stones.
"Hair-Breadth Escapes" by H.C. Adams
The men shoved her headlong down the stone stairway into the pit.
"Danger at the Drawbridge" by Mildred A. Wirt
A bone arrow-point also came to light in the same pit, and several stone defensive weapons.
"Alone with the Hairy Ainu" by A. H. Savage Landor
The stone took him full in the pit of the stomach, and toppled him backwards like a ninepin.
"The Courtship of Morrice Buckler" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
The floods covered them; like stones they sank in the pit.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)" by Max Duncker
In the midst of a pit of stone, not far from the columns, I found a solitary fig-tree growing.
"The Near East" by Robert Hichens
They dig little pits, and employ all their patience and genius in making them smooth and quite free from stones.
"The Quest" by Frederik van Eeden
Thus for a pack of 200-250 skins, 14-16 stone of lime may be slaked with about 30 gallons of old lime, and the pit filled up with water.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett
A plan of the pit, drawn at the time (after the removal of the dirt), showing the stone graves and skeletons, is given in Fig.
"Burial Mounds of the Northern Sections of the United States" by Cyrus Thomas

In poetry:

Julia and I did lately sit,
playing for sport at cherry-pit;
She threw; I cast; and, having thrown
I got the pit, she got the stone.
"Cherry-Pit" by Robert Herrick
Cover the pit's mouth with stones.
(A sudden storm of thunder and lightning: Enter Numerianus, Claudius,
Aurelius, and others.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

The backyard is fully fenced and includes a stone patio area, a good-sized yard and enough space for a fire pit or hot tub.
Since the Rolling Stones have entered our Rock Cock Hall Of Fame and our regular rotation, it's time for two new competitors to step into our pit.
There were four cabins, an outdoor eating area with a huge stone fire pit, a two-seater outhouse and a rickety old icebox.
Nectarines are a stone fruit (it means they have a pit) that are at their peak in mid- to late summer.
For her third Slow Food Fast contribution, Ms Waters shares a recipe for stone fruit (starch-free tree fruits with hard pits) with sugar-coated berries.
Mankind has called the hearth home for the centuries, it's true, but these days people are going ultra-retro and getting their heat from stone-walled pits set into the earth.
Angelo Villaschi Stone-fruit pits house an almond-like kernel that's delicious in desserts.