Definitions

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  • n. A pit where coal is dug.
  • n. A place where charcoal is made.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pit where coal is dug.
  • n. A place where charcoal is made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pit where coal is dug.
  • n. In the United States, a place where charcoal is made.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mine where coal is dug from the ground

Etymologies

coal +‎ pit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The coalpit worker, the steel puddler. and those who do many maintenance jobs on an assembly line can surrender to self-controlled electronic machines the hazards and dullness of backbreaking menial work.

    The Brain Builders

  • In November 1791 Federalist Fisher Ames wrote that “tranquility has soothed the surface” but “faction glows within like a coalpit”; before the end of January 1792 he was saying, “I do not believe that the hatred of the Jacobites toward the House of Hanover was ever more deadly than that which is borne by many of the partisans of State power towards the government of the United States.”

    Washington

  • And I was accordingly, late one night, sent away with Mark Sharp, who upon the moor, just by the Yellow Bank Head, slew me with a pick, an instrument wherewith they dig coals, and gave me these five wounds, and afterwards threw me into a coalpit hard by, and hid the pick under the bank.

    Lives of the Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences

  • If a man can climb, and feels himself encouraged to climb, from a coalpit to the highest position for which he is fitted, he can well afford to be indifferent what name is given to the government under which he lives.

    Democracy: Inaugural Address on Assuming the Presidency of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham, England, 6 October, 1884

  • It was very quiet still, even the children were a little inactive, but there were a lot of people standing dispersedly in little groups, and with a general direction towards the gates of the Bantock Burden coalpit.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • The mummers gaped and wondered at the arsenic green sides of the wolds, striped with rough stone walls or blackened with an occasional coalpit, the ridges fringed with trees blown thin by sea-breezes.

    A Mummer's Wife

  • Already he anticipated an appeal, and considered what he would give, for it did not matter whether it was a coalpit explosion in Lanarkshire or a loss of fishing-boats in the Moray Firth, if widows needed help the Doctor's guinea was on its way within four-and-twenty hours.

    Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers

  • Jeremiah Dixon, the son of a collier discovered in a coalpit.

    Tales of the Chesapeake

  • When a coalpit gets blocked up by some explosion, no brave rescuing party will venture to descend into the lowest depths of the poisonous darkness until some ventilation has been restored.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians; Epistles of St. Peter and St. John

  • When he disclosed to Helen his evil success in the coalpit, it was but the merest film of a hope it destroyed, for she KNEW that her brother was guilty.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate V3

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