- Pitch is a black sticky substance that is left over after the distillation process of many substances.
An example of pitch is the tar that is used in roofing.
- Pitch is defined as to set something up.
An example of pitch is putting up a tent.
- Pitch means to throw something.
An example of pitch is a baseball being tossed at a bat.
Pitch being heated before applying it to a roof.
pitch definition by Webster's New World
- a black, sticky substance formed in the distillation of coal tar, wood tar, petroleum, etc. and used for waterproofing, roofing, pavements, etc.
- any of certain bitumens, as asphalt, asphaltite, etc.
- a resin found in certain evergreen trees
- any of various synthetic substances having pitchlike properties
Origin: Middle English pich ; from Old English pic ; from Classical Latin pix (gen. picis) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pi-, to be fat from source fat
- to set up; erect: pitch a tent
- to throw; cast, fling, or toss
- to toss (coins, quoits, etc.) as at a mark in a contest
- to discard by throwing; throw away
- to set in order for battle: obsolete except in pitched battle
- to fix or set at a particular point, level, degree, etc.
- Informal to try to sell using persuasive talk or advertising
- ☆ Baseball
- to throw (the ball) to the batter
- to assign (a player) to pitch
- to serve as pitcher for (a game, inning, etc.)
- Golf to loft (a ball), esp. in making an approach
- Music to determine or set the key of (a tune, an instrument, or the voice)
Origin: Middle English picchen, uncertain or unknown; perhaps form of picken, to pick
- to encamp
- to take up one's position; settle
- to hurl or toss anything, as hay, a baseball, etc.
- to fall or plunge headlong
- to incline downward; dip
- to plunge or toss with the bow and stern rising and falling abruptly: said of a ship
- to move in a like manner in the air: said of an aircraft
- to plunge forward; lurch, as when off balance
- to act as pitcher in a ballgame
- to loft a golf ball, as in making an approach
- act or manner of pitching
- a throw; fling; toss; specif., a throw by a pitcher to a batter
- the rising and falling of the bow and stern of a ship in a rough sea
- the movement up or down of the nose and tail of an airplane
- anything pitched
- the amount pitched
- a point or degree: emotion was at a high pitch
- the degree of slope or inclination
- ☆ a card game of the all-fours family in which the suit of the first card led becomes trump
- ☆ Informal a line of talk, such as a salesman uses to persuade customers
- a playing field: a cricket pitch
- a place, often assigned, for pitching a tent or parking a trailer, etc.
- a place where a street vendor, street performer, racecourse bookmaker, etc. sets up his stand
- the adjustable blade angle of the propeller or rotor blade
- the distance advanced by a propeller in one revolution
- Archit. the slope of the sides of a roof, expressed by the ratio of its height to its span
- Geol., Mining the dip of a stratum or vein
- Golf a short, lofted shot, usually to the green
- the distance between corresponding points on two adjacent gear teeth
- the distance between corresponding points on two adjacent threads of a screw, measured along the axis
- Music, Acoustics that element of a tone or sound determined by the frequency of vibration of the sound waves reaching the ear: the greater the frequency, the higher the pitch
- Music a tone used as a standard of pitch for tuning instruments
pitch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various thick, dark, sticky substances obtained from the distillation residue of coal tar, wood tar, or petroleum and used for waterproofing, roofing, caulking, and paving.
- Any of various natural bitumens, such as mineral pitch or asphalt.
- A resin derived from the sap of various coniferous trees, as the pines.
Origin: Middle English pich, from Old English pic and from Anglo-Norman piche, both from Latin pix, pic-.
verb pitched, pitch·ing, pitch·es verb, transitive
- a. To throw, usually with careful aim. See Synonyms at throw.b. To discard by throwing: pitched the can out the window.
- Baseball a. To throw (the ball) from the mound to the batter.b. To play (a game) as pitcher.c. To assign as pitcher.
- To erect or establish; set up: pitched a tent; pitch camp.
- To set firmly; implant; embed: pitched stakes in the ground.
- To set at a specified downward slant: pitched the roof at a steep angle.
- a. To set at a particular level, degree, or quality: pitched her expectations too high.b. Music To set the pitch or key of.c. To adapt so as to be applicable; direct: pitched his speech to the teenagers in the audience.
- Informal To attempt to promote or sell, often in a high-pressure manner: “showed up on local TV to pitch their views” (Business Week).
- Sports To hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with backspin so that it does not roll very far after striking the ground.
- Games a. To lead (a card), thus establishing the trump suit.b. To discard (a card other than a trump and different in suit from the card led).
- To throw or toss something, such as a ball, horseshoe, or bale.
- Baseball To play in the position of pitcher.
- To plunge headlong: He pitched over the railing.
- a. To stumble around; lurch.b. To buck, as a horse.
- a. Nautical To dip bow and stern alternately.b. To oscillate about a lateral axis so that the nose lifts or descends in relation to the tail. Used of an aircraft.c. To oscillate about a lateral axis that is both perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and horizontal to the earth. Used of a missile or spacecraft.
- To slope downward: The hill pitches steeply.
- To set up living quarters; encamp; settle.
- Sports To hit a golf ball in a high arc with backspin so that it does not roll very far after striking the ground.
- The act or an instance of pitching.
- Baseball a. A throw of the ball by the pitcher to the batter.b. A ball so thrown.
- Chiefly British A playing field. Also called wicket.
- a. Nautical The alternate dip and rise of the bow and stern of a ship.b. The alternate lift and descent of the nose and tail of an airplane.
- a. A steep downward slope.b. The degree of such a slope.
- Architecture a. The angle of a roof.b. The highest point of a structure: the pitch of an arch.
- A level or degree, as of intensity: worked at a feverish pitch to meet the deadline.
- a. Acoustics The distinctive quality of a sound, dependent primarily on the frequency of the sound waves produced by its source.b. Music The relative position of a tone within a range of musical sounds, as determined by this quality.c. Music Any of various standards for this quality associating each tone with a particular frequency.
- a. The distance traveled by a machine screw in a single revolution.b. The distance between two corresponding points on adjacent screw threads or gear teeth.c. The distance between two corresponding points on a helix.
- The distance that a propeller would travel in an ideal medium during one complete revolution, measured parallel to the shaft of the propeller.
- Informal a. A line of talk designed to persuade: “[his] pious pitch for . . . austerity” (Boston Globe).b. An advertisement.
- Chiefly British The stand of a vendor or hawker.
- Games See seven-up.
- Printing The density of characters in a printed line, usually expressed as characters per inch.
Origin: Middle English pichen, probably from Old English *piccean, causative of *pīcian, to prick.
pitch - Computer Definition
pitch - Phrases/Idioms
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make a pitch forâ
- to set to work energetically
- to make a contribution
- to attack physically or verbally
- to set to work on energetically
pitch onor pitch upon
pitch - Science Definition
- A thick, tarlike substance obtained by distilling coal tar, used for roofing, waterproofing, and paving.
- Any of various natural bitumens, such as asphalt, having similar uses.
- A resin derived from the sap of a cone-bearing tree, such as a pine.