from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports A stop at a pit for refueling or service during an automobile race.
  • n. Informal A brief stop for rest and refreshment, especially during an automobile trip.
  • n. Informal A place where such a stop is made.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stop made during an automobile race at the pit to refuel and perform other periodic maintenance on the vehicle.
  • n. A brief stop for fuel, rest and/or refreshment during an automobile journey.
  • n. A stop during any pedestrian or automobile travel for any utilitarian personal purpose, especially use of a bathroom.
  • n. A place that offers food, beverages, and other goods and services for those stopping on an automobile journey.
  • n. A utilitarian stop on a figurative journey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See pit stop in the vocabulary.
  • n. A stop by one of the competing cars in a pit by the side of the racetrack, to take on gasoline, change tires, or perform other maintenance.
  • n. Any pause in a journey, to eat or drink, or to use a rest room.
  • n. A place where one may make a pit stop[1 or 2].

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

  • n. a stop during an automobile trip for rest and refreshment
  • n. a brief stop at a pit during an automobile race to take on fuel or service the car


Literally, a stop at the pit of an automobile race track. (Wiktionary)


  • Since she’d been driving, she’d washed her face with plain old liquid rest-room soap and water at the last pit stop in an effort to keep awake, which meant she had no defenses left.

    Whispers At Midnight


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  • From auto racing, generally refers to taking a break for rejuvenation.

    January 22, 2008