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pitch

Noun

1 the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
2 (baseball) the throwing of a baseball by a pitcher to a batter [syn: delivery]
3 a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk); "he was employed to see that his paper's news pitches were not trespassed upon by rival vendors"
4 promotion by means of an argument and demonstration [syn: sales talk, sales pitch]
5 degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; "the roof had a steep pitch" [syn: rake, slant]
6 any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue [syn: tar]
7 a high approach shot in golf [syn: pitch shot]
8 an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump [syn: auction pitch]
9 abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting" [syn: lurch, pitching]
10 the action or manner of throwing something; "his pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor"

Verb

1 throw or toss with a light motion; "flip me the beachball"; "toss me newspaper" [syn: flip, toss, sky]
2 move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left" [syn: lurch, shift]
3 fall or plunge forward; "She pitched over the railing of the balcony"
4 set to a certain pitch; "He pitched his voice very low"
5 sell or offer for sale from place to place [syn: peddle, monger, huckster, hawk, vend]
6 be at an angle; "The terrain sloped down" [syn: slope, incline]
7 heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting" [syn: cant, cant over, tilt, slant]
8 erect and fasten; "pitch a tent" [syn: set up]
9 throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball; "The pitcher delivered the ball" [syn: deliver]
10 hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
11 lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
12 set the level or character of; "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience" [syn: gear]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From pic, from pix.

Noun

  1. A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
    It is hard to get this pitch off of my hand.
  2. A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.
    They put pitch on the mast to protect it. The barrel was sealed with pitch.
  3. The act of pitching a baseball.
    The pitch was low and inside.
  4. The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or field hockey is played.
    The teams met on the pitch.
  5. An effort to sell or promote something.
    He gave me a sales pitch.
  6. The distance between evenly spaced objects, e.g. the teeth of a saw or letters in a monospace font.
    The pitch of pixels on the point scale is 72 pixels per inch.
    The pitch of this saw is perfect for that type of wood.
  7. The angle at which an object sits.
    The pitch of the roof or haystack, the propellor blades' pitch
  8. More specifically, the rotation angle about the transverse axis.
    The pitch of an aircraft
  9. The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
    The pitch of middle "C" is familiar to many musicians.
  10. In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
    Bob, our pitch, let out a clear middle "C" and our conductor gave the signal to start.''
  11. A measure of the degree to which an aircraft's nose tilts up or down. Also a measure of the angle of attack of a propeller.
  12. The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its athwartships axis, causing its bow and stern to go up and down. Compare with roll and heave.
  13. The place where a busker performs is called their pitch.
  14. A level or degree.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 11.
      But, except the mind be disordered by disease or madness, they never can arrive at such a pitch of vivacity
Translations
sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees
  • Czech: smůla
  • Dutch: hars
  • Finnish: pihka
  • French: résine, sève
  • German: Harz
  • Italian: resina
  • Polish: żywica
  • Portuguese: seiva
  • Romanian: răşină
dark, extremely viscous material made by distilling tar
  • Afrikaans: pik
  • Albanian: pisë
  • Croatian: smola
  • Dutch: pek
  • Finnish: piki
  • French: poix, brai
  • German: Pech
  • Hungarian: szurok
  • Italian: pece
  • Latin: pix
  • Polish: smoła
  • Romanian: smoală
  • Spanish: pez
  • Swedish: beck
the act of pitching a baseball
  • Finnish: syöttö
  • French: lancer
  • German: Wurf
  • Italian: servizio
  • Polish: rzut
  • Portuguese: arremesso
  • Romanian: aruncare
the field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or field hockey is played
  • Finnish: kenttä, nurmi
  • French: terrain
  • Italian: campo
  • Portuguese: arremessar
  • Romanian: a lansa, a arunca
baseball: to throw the ball toward home plate
to play baseball in the position of pitcher
  • Finnish: syöttää
  • German: stampfen
  • Italian: servire
to throw away; discard
to promote, advertise, or attempt to sell
to assemble or erect (a tent)
to move so that the front of the craft goes alternatively up and down
cricket: to bounce on the playing surface
of snow, to settle and build up, without melting
  • Finnish: kinostua
  • Italian: crescere, accumularsi
  • Portuguese: acumular (neve não-derretida)

Extensive Definition

Pitch may refer to: In music:
In speech, language, hearing, and signal processing:
In nature:
  • Pitch (resin), a viscous liquid, derived from plants or petroleum products, often used for waterproofing and sealing
  • Pitch Pine, a tree species rich in resin
In recreation:
In sales:
A measure of angle or incline:
  • Pitch (flight), an aircraft's attitude as nose up or down
  • Pitch (boat movement), similar movements to aircraft - Pitch, Roll and Yaw
  • Blade pitch, the angle of a propeller
  • Roof pitch, the ratio of vertical over horizontal measurements in carpentry
A measure of distance between like items:
In arts and literature:
pitch in Danish: Pitch
pitch in German: Pitchen
pitch in French: Pitch
pitch in Italian: Pitch
pitch in Japanese: ピッチ
pitch in Norwegian: Pitch
pitch in Portuguese: Pitch

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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