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pit (theater)

Definition:

lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

pits

Type of:

area » structure » artifact » whole

Part of:

theater

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

orchestra pit

Etymology:

Middle English, from Old English pytt ("pit, hole in the ground, well, grave,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of pit...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Orchestra pit

the area in a theater in which musicians perform. Orchestral pits are utilized in forms of theatre that require music or in cases when incidental music is required. The conductor is typically positioned at the front of the orchestral pit facing the... (42 of 853 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Orchestra pit

Collins Dictionary:

orchestra | orchestra stalls | orchestra pit [synonym, sense-specific]

a large group of musicians, especially one whose members play a variety of ... | a group of musicians, each playing the same type of instrument | the ... (26 of 516 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/orchestra

New World Dictionary:

orchestra | orchestra pit [sense-specific]

in ancient Greek theaters, the semicircular space in front of the stage, used by the chorus | in modern theaters, the space in front of and below the ... (27 of 107 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/orchestra

Macmillan British Dictionary:

orchestra pit [countable, theater, British] | orchestra pits [plural]

the area in front of and below a theatre stage where an orchestra sits and plays the music for an opera, ballet, or musical (24 of 55 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/orchestra-pit

Cambridge Dictionary:

orchestra pit

the area of a theatre in which musicians play their instruments, and which is in front of, or under the front of, the stage (24 of 29 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/orchestra-pit

Wiktionary:

pit | pits [plural] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | armpit [synonym, sense-specific]

A hole in the ground. | [motor racing] An area at a motor racetrack used for refueling and repairing the vehicles during a race. | [music] A section of the marching band containing mallet percussion instruments and other large percussion instruments... (39 of 213 words, 17 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pit

Random House Dictionary:

pit | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | the pits [sense-specific] | pits [sense-specific] | orchestra [synonym, definition 2a, sense-specific]

a naturally formed or excavated hole or cavity in the ground. | a covered or concealed excavation in the ground, serving as a trap. | [mining] ; an ... (26 of 459 words, 26 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pit

Oxford Dictionary:

pit [entry 1] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present] | the | the pit | the pits | pit someone/thing against | be the pits | ...

a large hole in the ground. | a large deep hole from which stones or minerals are quarried | a coal mine | a low or wretched psychological state | ... (26 of 390 words, 24 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pit

pit [entry 2] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present]

[North American] : the stone of a fruit. | remove the pit from (fruit). (13 of 56 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pit--2

American Heritage Dictionary:

pit | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present]

A natural or artificial hole or cavity in the ground. | An excavation for the removal of mineral deposits; a mine. | The shaft of a mine. | A ... (26 of 365 words, 28 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pit

Merriam-Webster:

pit [entry 1, noun] | pits [plural] | mine [synonym, sense-specific] | hell [synonym, sense-specific] | pockmark [synonym, sense-specific]

a hole, shaft, or cavity in the ground ; "mine" ; a scooped-out place used ... | "hell" [sense-specific, used with "the"]; a place or situation of ... (26 of 228 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pit

pit [entry 2, verb] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

to place, cast, bury, or store in a pit ; to make pits in ; especially, to scar or mark with pits | to set (as gamecocks) into or as if into a pit to ... (34 of 92 words, 4 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pit show=1

pit [entry 3, noun]

the stone of a drupaceous fruit (6 of 24 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pit show=2

pit [entry 4, verb] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

to remove the pit from (a fruit) (7 of 19 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pit show=3

Britannica Encyclopedia:

theatre [building] | theater

in architecture, a building or space in which a performance may be given before an audience. The word is from the Greek theatron, "a place of seeing." ... (27 of 1645 words, 15 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/590239​/theatre

theatre [art] | theater

in dramatic arts, an art concerned almost exclusively with live performances in which the action is precisely planned to create a coherent and ... (23 of 1923 words, 5 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/590186​/theatre

Columbia Encyclopedia:

theater | theater-in-the-round

building, structure, or space in which dramatic performances take place. In its broadest sense theater can be defined as including everything ... (21 of 42 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0848366​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

orchestra | orchestras [plural] | orchestra pit [British, sense-specific] | orchestra pits [British, sense-specific, plural]

a large group of musicians playing classical music, consisting of sections ... | a group of musicians, especially a fairly large group usually but not ... (24 of 160 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861697366​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

pit | pits [plural] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English pytt ("pit, hole in the ground, well, grave, pustule, pockmark"), from Proto-Germanic ... | Dutch pit ("kernel, core"), from Middle Dutch pitte, from Proto-Germanic *pittan (compare Middle ... (31 of 77 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pit

New World Dictionary:

pit [United States] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

Origin: Dutch from Middle Dutch pitte, akin to "pith" | Middle English from Old English pytt from early West Germanic and North Germanic ... (21 of 47 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pit

American Heritage Dictionary:

pit | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English pytt, ultimately from Latin puteus, well; see pau- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots. | Dutch, from Middle Dutch.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pit

Collins Dictionary:

pit | pit (Canadian) [United States]

First use: 19th century

Origin: Old English pytt, from Latin puteus; compare Old French pet, Old High German pfuzzi | from Dutch: kernel; compare pith

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pit

Oxford Dictionary:

pit [entry 1] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present] | the | the pit | the pits | pit someone/thing against

Origin: Old English pytt, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch put and German Pfütze, based on Latin puteus "well, shaft" | ... (20 of 32 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pit

pit [entry 2] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present]

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: apparently from Dutch; related to "pith"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pit--2

Merriam-Webster:

pit [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English pytt (akin to Old High German pfuzzi well), from Latin puteus well, pit

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pit

pit [entry 3, noun]

First use: 1841

Origin: Dutch, from Middle Dutch

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Encarta Dictionary:

pit [entry 1] | pits [plural] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

Origin: Old English pytt, via Germanic from Latin puteus "pit, well"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726495​/definition​.html  [offline]

pit [entry 2] | pits [plural] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: Probably from Dutch

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726496​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

pit | pits [plural] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pit"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pit

Collins Dictionary:

pit | pit (Canadian) [United States]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pit"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pit [countable] | pits [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pit

pit [transitive, verb] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pit 27

Macmillan American Dictionary:

pit [countable, noun] | pits [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/pit

pit [transitive, verb] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle] | pits [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/pit 26

Cambridge Dictionary:

pit [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "pit"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "pit"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pit 1

the Free Dictionary:

pit

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pit"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "pit" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/pit

Google Dictionary:

pit | pits [plural] | pitted [past tense] | pitting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "pit"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

pit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pit" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

pit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pit" by speech synthesizer

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