from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by pits.
- adj. Having the pit removed: pitted dates.
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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of pit.
- adj. Having a surface marked by pits; pockmarked or alveolate
- adj. Having had the pits removed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Marked with little pits, as in smallpox. See pit, v. t., 2.
- adj. Having minute thin spots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Marked thickly with pits or small depressions: as, a face pitted by smallpox; specifically, in botany, having pits or punctations, as the walls of many cells; in zoology, having many punctations, as a surface; foveolate; areolate.
- In leather manufacturing, said of skins having little spots or holes in the grain which mark but do not pierce it. They are caused by decomposition or sometimes by the action of salt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)
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But he was not "cast in nature's finest mould," like Washington, being long favored, with a nose to match; his whole face pitted from the effects of small pox while in the army.
On bears vs tigers ... in pitted fights of big cats vs bears, the bears always come off best, even so when the bear is one of the smaller species (e.g. Asiatic black bear).
Sumter, although somewhat pitted, is as strong as ever.
It will be his word pitted against the other journalist with the defense praying like hell that the word of Woodward will prevail oaver these lesser peons.
And, considering the path to their titles pitted them against highly ranked wrestlers from various classifications, that's no pedestrian achievement.
We say "pitted" loosely here, because the LLWS is a collegial affair, and each contest must be concluded by dusty handshakes.
Thus, a recent article in the daily Javan entitled "Post-Zionism and the Identity Crisis in Israel" pitted "extremist Jews," i.e., nationalists and settlers, against "religious Jews," i.e., ultra-Orthodox non-nationalists.
The term "pitted" refers to the numerous kettle ponds dotting the landscape.
Consider the idea that these Russian dogs are being tested and not "pitted" for its own sake.
So I literally -- I mean there was, this factory we worked in was different racial factions all kind of pitted against each other.