What does the word pit mean?

Usage examples for pit

  1. Down in the pit the people were laughing and talking. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  2. Verily, so much beauty was never created by the All- Wise to be cast into the Pit. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  3. After he had taken leave of her, and some others, he was put into the pit, and covered over with earth. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney