Pitch — Dictionary of English

Pitch - Dictionary of English


WordReference Random House Learner’s Dictionary of American English 2014

pitch 1 /pɪtʃ/ USA pronunciation v.

  1. [

    + object ] to erect or set up (a tent, etc.): They pitched their camp on the side of the mountain.

  2. [

    + object ] to put or plant in a definite place: The picture was pitched at an odd angle.

  3. to (cause to) be sloped downward or to be dipped: [

    + object ] The roof is pitched at a steep angle there. [ no object ] The roof pitches at a steep angle there.

  4. [

    + object ] to throw, fling, hurl, or toss: She pitched the smaller suitcases to me from the porch.

  5. [ Baseball. ]
    Pitch - Dictionary of English
    • to throw (the ball) to the batter: [

      + object ] He pitched mostly fastballs and curves. [ no object ] She pitches very fast.

      • to serve as pitcher of (a game): [

        + object ] He pitched three games during the World Series. [ no object ] She’s ready to pitch tomorrow.

    • [

      + object ] to set or aim at a certain point, degree, etc. He pitched his hopes too high.

    • [

      + object ] to establish the musical key of (a sound, etc.): The musicians pitched their instruments a little higher.

    • [ no object ] to (cause to) plunge or fall forward: He lost consciousness and pitched to the floor.
    • to (cause to) plunge with alternate fall and rise of bow and stern, as a ship: [ no object ] The ship was pitching during the storm. [

      + object ] The storm pitched the ship.

    • pitch in, [ no object ] [ Informal. ] to contribute to a common cause: If everybody pitches in, we can finish this job by 5 p.m.


    1. [ countable; usually singular ] relative point, level, or degree: a high pitch of excitement.
    2. [ countable ] the degree of tilt or slope of something;

    an angle: The roof was at an odd pitch.

  6. (in music, speech, etc.) the degree of height or depth of a sound, depending upon the relative frequency of the vibrations by which it is produced: [ uncountable ] ]: a change in pitch when pronouncing different words. [ countable ] differences in the pitch of a word or syllable.
  7. [ countable ] the act or manner of pitching, as in baseball.
  8. [ countable ] a throw or toss.
  9. [ countable ] a pitching movement, as of a ship.
  10. [ countable ] [ Informal. ] a sales talk, often one in which the salesperson tries to convince the buyer of the need for his or her product: He began his sales pitch for the condominiums.
  11. a unit of measurement for letters in a typeface, indicating the number of characters to the horizontal inch: [ uncountable ] twelve-pitch type. [ countable ] a printer capable of different pitches and fonts.
  12. pitch 2 /pɪtʃ/ USA pronunciation n. [ uncountable ]

      a dark, sticky, thick substance used for repairing holes in ships or for paving roads, made from coal tar or wood tar.

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      pitch / pɪtʃ / vb

      to hurl or throw (something); cast; fling ( usually tr ) to set up (a camp, tent, etc) ( transitive ) to aim or fix (something) at a particular level, position, style, etc. if you advertise privately you may pitch the price too low ( transitive ) to aim to sell (a product) to a specified market or on a specified basis ( intransitive ) to slope downwards ( intransitive ) to fall forwards or downwards ( intransitive ) (of a vessel) to dip and raise its bow and stern alternately to bowl (a ball) so that it bounces on a certain part of the wicket, or (of a ball) to bounce on a certain part of the wicket ( intransitive ) (of a missile, aircraft, etc) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by movement of the longitudinal axis about the lateral axis ( transitive ) (in golf) to hit (a ball) steeply into the air, esp with backspin to minimize roll ( transitive ) to sing or play accurately (a note, interval, etc) ( usually passive ) (of a wind instrument) to specify or indicate its basic key or harmonic series by its size, manufacture, etc ( transitive ) to throw (a baseball) to a batter ( intransitive ) to act as pitcher in a baseball game


      the degree of elevation or depression the angle of descent of a downward slope such a slope the extreme height or depth a section of a route between two belay points, sometimes equal to the full length of the rope but often shorter the degree of slope of a roof, esp when expressed as a ratio of height to span the distance between corresponding points on adjacent members of a body of regular form, esp the distance between teeth on a gearwheel or between threads on a screw thread the pitching motion of a ship, missile, etc the distance a propeller advances in one revolution, assuming no slip an absolute frequency assigned to a specific note, fixing the relative frequencies of all other notes. The fundamental frequencies of the notes A–G, in accordance with the frequency A = 440 hertz, were internationally standardized and accepted in 1939 the rectangular area between the stumps, 22 yards long and 10 feet wide; the wicket the act or manner of pitching a ball, as in cricket chiefly Brit a vendor’s station, esp on a pavement slang a persuasive sales talk, esp one routinely repeated chiefly Brit (in many sports) the field of play Also called: pitch shot an approach shot in which the ball is struck in a high arc queer someone’s pitch ⇒ Brit informal to upset someone’s plans

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