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Pitting   /pˈɪtɪŋ/   Listen

The formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion.  Synonyms: indentation, roughness.

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"Pitting" Quotes from Famous Books

... that's far awa', And fykes for them are flitting, But fears and cares, baith grit and sma', We, by and by, o'er-pit them a'; But death there's nae o'er-pitting. ...
— The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI. - The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century • Various

... suggested solution has so many presumptions in its favour. I have not reached this firm conviction on account of the great and prolonged success of our drama, but because of the ease with which all the opinions adverse to those of the abbe may be annihilated by pitting them ...
— Celebrated Crimes, Complete • Alexandre Dumas, Pere

... be more shallow, or more disingenuous, or more misleading, than to attempt to disparage Christian missions by pitting the bare number of converts whom they claim against the number of converts claimed by Islam. The numbers are, of course, enormously in favor of Islam. But does conversion mean the same, or anything like the same, ...
— Oriental Religions and Christianity • Frank F. Ellinwood

... was safe in her keeping, his personal safety was another matter. In pitting herself against her father's will she fully realized the danger she was incurring. Therefore she racked her sorely taxed brain for the best means of safeguarding ...
— The Night Riders - A Romance of Early Montana • Ridgwell Cullum

... quoth he, "surely thou of all fools art greatest, a youthful, god-like fool! O mighty son of mighty father, how mighty hath thy folly been! O lovely lad that hath attempted deeds impossible, pitting thyself 'gainst Ivo and all his might! Verily, Beltane, thou'rt the loveliest fool ...
— Beltane The Smith • Jeffery Farnol

... element of success; that the best way to press through the crowd is to set some men against other men and so take their places. That was a good system for the Middle Ages, when princes had to destroy their rivals by pitting one against the other; but in these days, all things being done in open day, I am afraid it would do you ill-service. No, you must meet your competitors face to face, be they loyal and true men, ...
— The Lily of the Valley • Honore de Balzac

... tone is unmistakable: she is pitting her strength against her mother for the first time. The twins instantly go over to ...
— You Never Can Tell • [George] Bernard Shaw

... a commonplace of Christian belief. But it is often held in a dangerously narrow way and leads to most unwise pitting of the Gospel against other modes of bettering and elevating men, instead of recognising them as allies. Earnest Christian workers are tempted to forget Jesus' own word: 'He that is not against us is for us.' There is no need to disparage other agencies because we believe that ...
— Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts • Alexander Maclaren

... not understand if I told you. So we'll leave that out of the question. He is immensely rich. His cheque for L300,000 would be honoured by his bank at any minute. Obviously he is a power. He has had reason to know that I am pitting my wits against his, and he flatters himself that so far he has got the better of me. That is because I am drawing him on. I am maturing a plan which will make him a poor and a very miserable man at one and the same time. If ...
— A Bid for Fortune - or Dr. Nikola's Vendetta • Guy Boothby

... this will become so general that this government will probably build up a great criminal bureau, one that will supply officers for investigation of any crime. The Postoffice Department now has its own system of inspectors, who investigate violations of postal laws, and the plan of pitting specialist against specialist is regarded as perfect. This could be continued, though, if all the criminal organizations of ...
— Disputed Handwriting • Jerome B. Lavay

Words linked to "Pitting" :   indentation, erosion, corroding, corrosion, pit

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