from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pit dug in the ground, lined with some non-conducting material, and used for the storage and preservation of ice.


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  • Looking down over a moor from a mountain, he observed a pit, and, on inquiry, was informed by the local headman that it was an "ice-pit."

    A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era Dairoku Kikuchi 1886

  • It must be an ice-pit in winter, and I should think it the last spot on the continent for the summer to find; but when the summer has at last found it, the old Sault au Matelot puts on a vagabond air of Southern leisure and abandon, not to be matched anywhere out of Italy.

    A Chance Acquaintance William Dean Howells 1878

  • There was a strange scuffling noise, and then a low deep groan from the bottom of the ice-pit, and then all was still; and from the character of the sound, Henry was of opinion that this well was of much greater depth than the former one, which he had so successfully examined.

    Varney the vampire; or, The feast of blood. Volume 2 1847

  • I waited to consider whether I should return and get others to come down with more ropes, so that should Short and Obed have fallen into an ice-pit, we might help them out; or whether it was best to wait and see if they were working their own way up, as I found from experience they might be able to do.

    Dick Onslow Among the Redskins William Henry Giles Kingston 1847

  • Was he raised on high, or did he sink into the deep, murderous ice-pit, deeper and ever deeper?

    The Ice-Maiden: and Other Tales. Fanny [Translator] Fuller 1840

  • "Peters ascended the ladder from the ice-pit, and looking out, beheld

    Fagots from the campfire, Louis J Dupre 1881


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