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A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.


 - n. A large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an indentation; specifically: (a) The shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit. (b) A large hole in the ground from which material is dug or quarried; as, a stone pit; a gravel pit; or in which material is made by burning; as, a lime pit; a charcoal pit. (c) A vat sunk in the ground; as, a tan pit. Any abyss; especially, the grave, or Hades. A covered deep hole for entrapping wild beasts; a pitfall; hence, a trap; a snare. Also used figuratively. A depression or hollow in the surface of the human body; as: (a) The hollow place under the shoulder or arm; the axilla, or armpit. (b) See Pit of the stomach (c) The indentation or mark left by a pustule, as in smallpox. Formerly, that part of a theater, on the floor of the house, below the ...

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