pitting

Definitions

  • Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
    Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pitting the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion
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Additional illustrations & photos:

How an ironworking pit was used. (From contemporary sources.) How an ironworking pit was used. (From contemporary sources.)
A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay...
The sisters struggle to get out of the pit The sisters struggle to get out of the pit
They hurried him towards the pit They hurried him towards the pit

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Racecar driver Lee Petty once left a pitstop and did a full lap at Nascar with a pit crew member still on the hood
    • n pitting The act or operation of digging or sinking a hole or pit.
    • n pitting The act or operation of placing in a pit or in pits: as, the pitting of potatoes; the pitting of hides.
    • n pitting A pit, mark, or hollow depression on the surface, such as that left on the flesh by a pustule of the smallpox.
    • n pitting A number of such pits considered collectively; a collection of pitmarks.
    • n pitting In botany, the state or condition of being pitted.
    • n pitting A corrosion of the inner surface of steam-boilers, whereby the metal becomes gradually covered with small cavities.
    • n pitting A corrosion of the bottom of iron ships. Blisters, and afterward pits, are formed, apparently by the action of the carbonic acid and oxygen in sea-water producing ferric oxid under the protectiug paint.
    • n pitting In geology, the excavation of small pits in a surface of rock, usually by some process of solution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Apple pits contain cyanide.
    • ns Pitting the act of digging, or of placing in, a pit: a group of pit-marks: a corrosion of the inside of steam-boilers, &c
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Quotations

  • Bryan Adams
    Bryan Adams
    “I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I'd seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.”
  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Who digs a pit for others will fall in themselves.”
  • Erich Fromm
    Erich%20Fromm
    “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”
  • Ogden Nash
    Ogden%20Nash
    “No matter how deep and dark your pit, how dank your shroud, their heads are heroically unbloody and unbowed.”
  • John Arbuthnot
    John Arbuthnot
    “Law is a bottomless pit.”

Idioms

Money pit - A business or venture that costs a lot of money, especially when it costs more than expected, is a money pit.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pyt, pytt—L. puteus, a well.

Usage

In literature:

By whom were these excavations planned and these pits fashioned, that tell of the pursuit of wealth so many centuries ago?
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
He enjoyed the limitations of the men against whom he was pitted.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
The foreshore was honeycombed with shallow pits, shored, and timbered with rough hewn timber.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
But when he reached the crown of the bluff, nowhere did he sight the mounded earth of the pit's rim.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Some of the Germans in the gun-pits, using rifles, shot at York.
"Sergeant York And His People" by Sam Cowan
A roar arose from the pit.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
The thieves were hidden in a pit they had blasted, and they had dragged the body in with them.
"The Keeper" by Henry Beam Piper
In the shale-pits adjoining, four hundred miners are regularly at work.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
A devil from the pit below getting torn to pieces could not utter such a weird cry.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
If it were not for the rascally law, my pit would fill better on Sundays than any other time.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
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In poetry:

Priests talk of soul's damnation
The white hot pits of hell;
I fear more wounds that fester
And gape and rot and smell
"Mercenary's Song (AD 1600)" by General George S Patton Jnr
Unto thine hand, O God of truth,
My spirit I commit;
Thou hast redeemed my soul from death,
And saved me from the pit.
"Psalm 31 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Wi' thy consent, on Sabbath neist,
He'll juist pit in the cries;
An' Benty Knowe an' mony mae
Will get a great surprise.
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
Therefore this hell is called a pit,
Prepared for those that die
The second death, a term most fit
To show their misery.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
For in he leap'd, to save the young,
That seem'd to suffer harm;
And swiftly from the pit he sprung,
The cub beneath his arm.
"The Panther" by William Hayley
Two vigorous cubs spring up to light,
And to their parent haste;
Caelius a third, in tenderer plight,
Within the pit embrac'd!
"The Panther" by William Hayley

In news:

I'm not saying cows don't let one from the pits of their guts, but I don't know what a cow belch would sound like.
Black Death's DNA Decoded Using Teeth From London's 'Plague Pits'.
I picked out this '32 coupe because it had been pushed out the track-side of the pits and had good light on it.
Sitting atop Dana 60 front and 14-bolt rear axles, the '93 Chevy Blazer worked great in the pit.
Black History 101 pits him against a W.E.B.
At midseason prep softball fans were predicting the Division III championship game would most likely pit the state's top two ranked teams, Payson and Estrella Foothills, against one another.
Kenny Brack took a long pit stop early and it paid off late.
Brack used a brief, final pit stop to slip past Dario Franchitti and claim his first victory of the year in the Mexico Grand Prix, the final race of the CART season.
The band Soft Swells performs at the Saturday, Sept 22, 2012 Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits.
A saber-toothed cat struts across Wilshire to the La Brea Tar Pits.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WGNO) — Tonight a pit bull is being treated for gunshot wounds, and the dog's owner feels betrayed by the NOPD.
Cinch Hook gravel pit, located on State Highway 87 and Highway 260 junction, is a popular site for snow sledding and snowplay during the winter season.
This subway line is "D" absolute pits.
Hurricane, a pit bill, "really doesn't seem to care," said owner Shondel Boyden.
Mayor Bobby J Hopewell and MLive entertainment reporter John Gonzalez take a look at the meat on the open pit barbecue.
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In science:

From the target hall to access pit, a dose reduction within a factor of 106 is observed, which means this is a typical thick-shielding problem.
Radiation shielding calculations for MuCool Test Area at Fermilab
Figure 8: Calculated dose distributions in the access pit of the MTA at lower (bottom) and upper (top) level.
Radiation shielding calculations for MuCool Test Area at Fermilab
By pitting a resistive foil above the readout pads it is possible to spread the signal over several pads.
Particle Detector R&D
Recently, in [AM07] we studied PIT (the usual commuting variables setting) and its connection to the polynomial ideal membership problem.
New results on Noncommutative and Commutative Polynomial Identity Testing
How hard would it be to show that noncommutative PIT is in deterministic polynomial time for circuits of polynomial degree? In the commutative case, Impagliazzo and Kabanets [KI03] have shown that derandomizing PIT implies circuit lower bounds.
New results on Noncommutative and Commutative Polynomial Identity Testing
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