Meaning of engine pit in English:

engine pit

Pronunciation /ˈɛn(d)ʒ(ɪ)n pɪt/


  • 1Mining
    A pit containing an engine for pumping out water. Now chiefly historical.

  • 2A sunken area in the ground or floor allowing access to the underside of a vehicle.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in Halifax Papers. From engine + pit.