from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, the raised ground or platforms upon which the coals are sorted and screened at the surface.


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  • The head-stock and pit-bank of the mine itself were insignificant among the huge new installations.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • It had long been observed that in a particularly strong, wet wind the pit-bank burned very vivid, gave off hardly any fumes, and left a fine powder of ash, instead of the slow pink gravel.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • Tevershall pit-bank was burning, had been burning for years, and it would cost thousands to put it out.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • Clifford had had it newly gravelled with sifted gravel from the pit-bank.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • And he was neither liked nor disliked by the people: he was just part of things, like the pit-bank and Wragby itself.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • In the great bay of railway lines, bulked with trucks, there was no trace of light, only away back she could see a few yellow lamps at the pit-top, and the red smear of the burning pit-bank on the night.

    The Prussian Officer and Other Stories

  • Johnson had clearly no intention of spending the night away from home, for, as he was leaving the pit-bank, when Will Jones stepped up to him and said, --

    Frank Oldfield Lost and Found

  • And now the women are clustered round on the pit-bank in haggard expectation, the very picture of woe, some wild in their cries, others rocking themselves to and fro to still, if it may be, their misery; and others bowed down to the earth, the very image of mute despair.

    Frank Oldfield Lost and Found

  • While some detail of the machinery was being adjusted, a fine stalwart young man, some three-and-twenty years of age, forced his way through the crowd, and, seizing one of the rescue-party, literally flung him out of the cage to the pit-bank, and before the people could recover from their astonishment the men were being lowered through the pathway of the deep.

    Men in the Making

  • She had been summoned from Rehoboth by a collier, fleet of foot, who, as soon as the injured boy was brought to the pit-bank, started with the sad news to the distant village.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898)


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