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noun \ˈpich\

Definition of pitch

  1. 1 :  a black or dark viscous substance obtained as a residue in the distillation of organic materials and especially tars

  2. 2 :  any of various bituminous substances

  3. 3 :  resin obtained from various conifers and often used medicinally

  4. 4 :  any of various artificial mixtures resembling resinous or bituminous pitches

Origin of pitch

Middle English pich, from Old English pic, from Latin pic-, pix; akin to Greek pissa pitch, Old Church Slavic pĭcĭlŭ

First Known Use: before 12th century

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Definition of pitch

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover, smear, or treat with or as if with pitch

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of pitch

before 12th century




Definition of pitch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to erect and fix firmly in place <pitch a tent>

  3. 2 :  to throw usually with a particular objective or toward a particular point <pitch hay onto a wagon>: as a :  to throw (a baseball) to a batter b :  to toss (as coins) so as to fall at or near a mark <pitch pennies> c :  to put aside or discard by or as if by throwing <pitched the trash into the bin>

  4. 3 a :  to present or advertise especially in a high-pressure way :  plug, promote b :  to attempt to persuade especially with a sales pitch c :  to present (a movie or program idea) for consideration (as by a TV producer)

  5. 4 a (1) :  to cause to be at a particular level or of a particular quality <a test pitched at a 5th-grade reading level> (2) :  to set in a particular musical key b :  to cause to be set at a particular angle :  slope

  6. 5 :  to utter glibly and insincerely

  7. 6 a :  to use as a starting pitcher b :  to play as pitcher

  8. 7 :  to hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with backspin so that it rolls very little after striking the green

  9. 8 :  throw 14 <pitch a fit>

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 a :  to fall precipitately or headlong b (1) of a ship :  to have the bow alternately plunge precipitately and rise abruptly (2) of an aircraft, missile, or spacecraft :  to turn about a lateral axis so that the forward end rises or falls in relation to the after end c :  buck 1

  12. 2 :  encamp

  13. 3 :  to hit upon or happen upon something <pitch upon the perfect gift>

  14. 4 :  to incline downward :  slope

  15. 5 a :  to throw a ball to a batter b :  to play ball as a pitcher c :  to pitch a golf ball

  16. 6 :  to make a sales pitch

pitch into
  1. 1 :  attack, assail

  2. 2 :  to set to work on energetically

Origin of pitch

Middle English pichen to thrust, drive, fix firmly, probably from Old English *piccan, from Vulgar Latin *piccare — more at pike

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of pitch

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm <can throw a fastball and a curve>. cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering <cast it to the winds>. toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion <tossed the coat on the bed>. fling stresses a violent throwing <flung the ring back in his face>. hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight <hurled himself at the intruder>. pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target <pitch horseshoes>. sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim <slung the bag over his shoulder>.




Definition of pitch

  1. 1 a :  slope; also :  degree of slope :  rake b :  the distance between any of various things: as (1) :  distance between one point on a gear tooth and the corresponding point on the next tooth (2) :  distance from any point on the thread of a screw to the corresponding point on an adjacent thread measured parallel to the axis c :  the theoretical distance a propeller would advance longitudinally in one revolution d :  the number of teeth or of threads per inch e :  a unit of width of type based on the number of times a letter can be set in a linear inch

  2. 2 :  the action or a manner of pitching; especially :  an up-and-down movement — compare yaw

  3. 3 archaic :  top, zenith

  4. 4 a :  the relative level, intensity, or extent of some quality or state <tensions rose to a feverish pitch> b (1) :  the property of a sound and especially a musical tone that is determined by the frequency of the waves producing it :  highness or lowness of sound (2) :  a standard frequency for tuning instruments c (1) :  the difference in the relative vibration frequency of the human voice that contributes to the total meaning of speech (2) :  a definite relative pitch that is a significant phenomenon in speech

  5. 5 a :  a steep place :  declivity b :  the portion of a route (as in mountain climbing or caving) between belay points

  6. 6 chiefly British a :  an outdoor site (as for camping or doing business) b :  playing field 1

  7. 7 :  an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump

  8. 8 a :  an often high-pressure sales presentation b :  advertisement c :  recommendation, plug <made a pitch for tax cuts>

  9. 9 a :  the delivery of a baseball by a pitcher to a batter b :  a baseball so thrown c :  pitchout 2

pitched play \ˈpicht\ adjective

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