from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or operation of digging or sinking a hole or pit.
  • noun The act or operation of placing in a pit or in pits: as, the pitting of potatoes; the pitting of hides.
  • noun A pit, mark, or hollow depression on the surface, such as that left on the flesh by a pustule of the smallpox.
  • noun A number of such pits considered collectively; a collection of pitmarks.
  • noun In botany, the state or condition of being pitted.
  • noun A corrosion of the inner surface of steam-boilers, whereby the metal becomes gradually covered with small cavities.
  • noun A corrosion of the bottom of iron ships.
  • noun In geology, the excavation of small pits in a surface of rock, usually by some process of solution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of pit.
  • noun The formation of pits on a surface because of corrosion

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  • noun the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion


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