Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pit where coal is dug.
- n. In the United States, a place where charcoal is made.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pit where coal is dug.
- n. United States A place where charcoal is made.
- n. a mine where coal is dug from the ground
- coal + pit (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“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.””
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Jeremiah Dixon, the son of a collier discovered in a coalpit.”
“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.”
“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.”
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