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pistole any of various gold coins formerly minted in certain European countries.
pistol-whip to strike violently and repeatedly with a pistol.
piston a usu. cylindrical machine part that moves up and down within a close-fitting sleeve and thereby powers an engine or the like.
piston ring a thin split metal ring that fits around a piston, in an automobile or other engine, to ensure a tight seal between the piston and the cylinder.
piston rod a rod connected to a piston that transfers its motion to another engine part.
pit1 a comparatively wide and deep hole dug or existing in the ground. [14 definitions]
pit2 the hard seed at the center of an apricot, cherry, plum, or certain other fruits. [2 definitions]
pita a round flat bread of Middle Eastern origin that has a pocketlike interior; pita bread.
pitapat with a soft rapid flutter or beat. [3 definitions]
pit bull any of the American breeds of muscular terriers that have short hair, a broad skull, and powerful jaws, originally bred for dogfighting.
pitch1 to throw or hurl (a ball, coin, spear, or other object). [23 definitions]
pitch2 any of a number of thick, black, sticky materials derived from coal or wood tar and used for paving or sealing roads, roofs, and the like. [3 definitions]
pitch-black completely black; deep black.
pitchblende a naturally occurring dark-colored mineral that is a major source of uranium and radium.
pitch-dark so dark as to make vision impossible.
pitched battle a fierce battle at close range. [2 definitions]
pitcher1 a vessel, usu. with a handle and spout, used to contain and pour liquids, esp. for drinking. [2 definitions]
pitcher2 someone who throws or hurls a ball, coin, spear, or other object. [2 definitions]
pitcher plant any of various plants bearing slippery, pitcherlike leaves that contain enzymes to digest trapped insects.
pitchfork a long, sharp, fork-shaped tool for moving hay, straw, or the like. [2 definitions]
pitch in (informal) to contribute to a joint project; cooperate with others; help. [2 definitions]