- 1 1.1 (hole — in ground) hoyo (masculine), pozo (masculine); (— for burying) fosa (feminine); (— as trap) trampa (feminine), fosa (feminine); (— for jumping) foso (masculine) ([ de caída ]) (inspection) pit [Cars/Automovilismo] foso (masculine) or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) fosa (feminine) the bear/snake pit el foso de los osos/las serpientes the pit of the stomach la boca del estómago a bottomless pit un pozo sin fondo eating again? you're a bottomless pit! ¿otra vez comiendo? ¡tú eres un barril sin fondo!Example sentences1.2 (hell) the pit el abismo, el infierno
- I do not see any risk of these pits becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- First he put a bunch of stones in a big fire, then he put the stones in a pit dug in the ground, put stones over the top, and covered it with moss, sticks and sand.
- Others excavated rifle pits where the ground was soft enough for digging.
- 2 2.1 (coalmine) mina (feminine) ([ de carbón ]) (before noun/delante del nombre) pit worker minero (masculine) 2.2 (quarry) cantera (feminine)Example sentences
- A wetlands conservation project in old quarries and gravel pits in North Yorkshire has won a national award.
- Stone from this pit was a deep, rich chocolate brown and was certainly the most popular stone with both the contractor and the public.
- As quarrying expanded, five pits were eventually opened.
- By this time next year there will only be seven deep coal mining pits left in this country.
- Slag heaps from dozens of coal pits dot the countryside.
- We also had a mining industry until the pit closures.
- 3 [Theater/Teatro](orchestra pit)3.1 foso (masculine) orquestal or de la orquesta 3.2 (stalls) [History/Historia] platea (feminine)Example sentences
- There were still tip up wooden seats in the pit and benches in the gallery.
- At ten to eight, the house doors opened, and there was a rush for the sixpenny seats in the pit.
- What's it like to sit in the pit in the Chicago Theater?
- I heal the animals that fight in the pit… so long as there's enough left to heal.
- This rough, loose, prickly coat allowed the Shar-Pei to wriggle out of its opponent's grasp while fighting in the dog pits.
- In such contests, according to law-enforcement officials, two dogs are placed in a pit or similar area enclosed with plywood walls.
- 4 (in Stock Exchange) (American English/inglés norteamericano) parqué (masculine)Example sentences
- Although no one expects the euro to collapse, the debate is contributing to an uncertain atmosphere in foreign-exchange trading pits.
- Most traders trade in a pit, sitting almost on top of each other where everyone can be seen and heard and all calls traced and deals marked.
- Even now, many traders make electronic trades on handheld devices when they're in the pits.
- 5(pits plural)5.1 (in motor racing) the pits los boxes, los pits 5.2 (the very worst) [slang/argot] the pits lo peor que hay [colloquial/familiar], un desastreExample sentences
- Let her know that she doesn't have to fight her way out of the black pit of sadness by herself.
- He would have slowly made his way back into his dark pit of depression and left everybody behind.
- What they really seek to know is, how do they find someone who can actually exert some traction to help pull them out of the pit of depression.
- 6 (on face) marca (feminine), cicatriz (feminine)Example sentences
- Dents or pits in the skin can easily become filled with bits of skin and hair, and infected with bacteria.
- Sometimes, popping a pimple will cause a brown or red scar to form that could last months; and scars, in the form of dents and pits, can last forever.
- I have many acne pits of varying sizes on my face.
- 7 (bed) (British English/inglés británico) [slang/argot], cama (feminine)Example sentences
- Once home we shuffled off to our respective pits, I surfaced at 10.30 am.
- Assuming you can drag yourself out of your pit by about 10am, you should be in reasonable shape.
- Mark was still in his pit, although he was awake.
- When she lifts her arms, she has a big old bushy pit!
- The cashier had sweaty pits and greasy hair.
- She turned up at a premiere with hairy pits.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-tt-)
pit againstverb + object + preposition + object/verbo + complemento + preposición + complemento enfrentar a to pit oneself against sb enfrentarse a algn, medir* fuerzas con algn you'll be pitting your wits against the experts vas a estar compitiendo con los expertos they were pitted against a powerful alliance se veían enfrentados a una poderosa alianza
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- (remove stone) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [fruit/olive] quitarle el hueso or el cuesco or (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) el carozo or (Colombia) la pepa a, deshuesar, descarozar* (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) pitted cherries cerezas (feminine plural) deshuesadas or sin hueso or (in Southern Cone also/en Cono Sur también) descarozadas