from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pit for receiving the mold used in casting a gun, or for receiving the tube or jacket in assembling a built-up gun.


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  • This platoon, assisted by some Oxfords on the scene, captured the gun-pit and nearly seventy prisoners, but failed to garrison it.

    The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

  • More dangerous still was an old gun-pit which lay behind the left flank.

    The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

  • He noted that after he shot at a gun-pit, there was a break in the line of flame at that point, and an interval would pass before that gun would again be manned and become a source of danger to him.

    Sergeant York And His People

  • Another gun-pit bears the golden legend "Princess Victoria Battery," on a board elegant beyond the dreams of suburban preparatory schools.

    From Capetown to Ladysmith An Unfinished Record of the South African War

  • He replied that he couldn't help it; everybody was combining to make him happy; his C.O. had fallen down a gun-pit and broken a leg; he had won two hundred francs from his pet enemy; he had discovered a jewel of a cook; and then there was always the Boche, the perfectly priceless, absolutely ridiculous, screamingly funny little Boche.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, May 23, 1917

  • After a time we ceased trying to stem the rivulets that poured into the gun-pit; we ceased talking also, and gave ourselves up to settled gloom, all except the colonel, who had picked upon the one dry spot and still slept.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • A couple of pioneers, lent to us by the colonel, who had shown himself so sympathetic in the matter of the lost dog, worked stolidly with plane and saw and foot-rule, improving our gun-pit mess by more expert carpentering than we could hope to possess.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • Hubbard, smiling happily, slipped out of our gun-pit mess, and the next item of news from this bit of front informed me that our valises had been replaced and the doctor's kit put outside.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • D Battery were through again, and we learned that a sergeant had been killed and one gunner wounded by a 4·2 that had pitched on the edge of the gun-pit.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • "The opening of the gun-pit faces the wrong way, and we have no protection from shells -- but the tarpaulin will keep any rain out," was the best word I could find for our new quarters.

    Pushed and the Return Push


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