From (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch pek, German Pech.
A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.
- It is hard to get this pitch off of my hand.
- They put pitch''' on the mast to protect it.'' ''The barrel was sealed with '''pitch .
- It was pitch black because there was no moon.
* pitch-black, pitchblack
To cover or smear with pitch.
To darken; to blacken; to obscure.
- Soon he found / The welkin pitched with sullen cloud.
From (etyl) picchen, . More at pick.
A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand.
(senseid)(baseball) The act of pitching a baseball.
(sports) The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or field hockey is played. In cricket', the pitch is in the centre of the field; see ' cricket pitch .
An effort to sell or promote something.
The distance between evenly spaced objects, e.g. the teeth of a saw, the turns of a screw thread, or letters in a monospace font.
The angle at which an object sits.
- A helical scan with a pitch of zero is equivalent to constant z-axis scanning.
More specifically, the rotation angle about the transverse axis.
A level or degree.
(aviation) A measure of the degree to which an aircraft's nose tilts up or down.
(aviation) A measure of the angle of attack of a propeller.
(nautical) 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, yaw and heave.
The place where a busker performs.
An area in a market (or similar) allocated to a particular trader.
A point or peak; the extreme point or degree of elevation or depression; hence, a limit or bound.
* 1748 , (David Hume), (w) , Oxford University Press (1973), section 11:
* (John Milton)
- But, except the mind be disordered by disease or madness, they never can arrive at such a pitch of vivacity
* (William Shakespeare)
- Driven headlong from the pitch of heaven, down / Into this deep.
- Enterprises of great pitch and moment.
- He lived when learning was at its highest pitch .
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(climbing) A section of a climb or rock face; specifically, the climbing distance between belays or stances.
(caving) A vertical cave passage, only negotiable by using rope or ladders.
A person or animal's height.
- Alba the emperor was crook-backed, Epictetus lame; that great Alexander a little man of stature, Augustus Cæsar of the same pitch […].
That point of the ground on which the ball pitches or lights when bowled.
A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
The point where a declivity begins; hence, the declivity itself; a descending slope; the degree or rate of descent or slope; slant.
(mining) The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a share of the ore taken out.
(engineering) The distance from centre to centre of any two adjacent teeth of gearing, measured on the pitch line; called also circular pitch .
The length, measured along the axis, of a complete turn of the thread of a screw, or of the helical lines of the blades of a screw propeller.
The distance between the centres of holes, as of rivet holes in boiler plates.
(transitive, or, intransitive, baseball) To throw (the ball) toward home plate.
- He pitched the horseshoe.
- The hurler pitched a curveball.
(baseball) To play baseball in the position of pitcher.
- He pitched high and inside.
To throw away; discard.
- Bob pitches today.
To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell.
- He pitched the candy wrapper.
To deliver in a certain tone or style, or with a certain audience in mind.
- He pitched the idea for months with no takers.
To assemble or erect (a tent).
- At which level should I pitch my presentation?
To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
* Bible, Genesis xxxi. 25
- Pitch the tent over there.
(ambitransitive, aviation, or, nautical) To move so that the front of an aircraft or ship goes alternatively up and down.
- Laban with his brethren pitched in the Mount of Gilead.
- The typhoon pitched the deck of the ship.
(golf) To play a short, high, lofty shot that lands with backspin.
- The airplane pitched .
(cricket) To bounce on the playing surface.
- The only way to get on the green from here is to pitch the ball over the bunker.
(intransitive, Bristol, of snow) To settle and build up, without melting.
To alight; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
- The ball pitched well short of the batsman.
To fix one's choice; with on'' or ''upon .
- the tree whereon they [the bees] pitch
To plunge or fall; especially, to fall forward; to decline or slope.
- Pitch upon the best course of life, and custom will render it the more easy.
- to pitch from a precipice
- The vessel pitches in a heavy sea.
To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as an embankment or a roadway.
- The field pitches toward the east.
To set or fix, as a price or value.
To discard a card for some gain.
(music) The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
(music) In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
- The pitch of middle "C" is familiar to many musicians.
- Bob, our pitch , let out a clear middle "C" and our conductor gave the signal to start.
To produce a note of a given pitch.
To fix or set the tone of.
- to pitch a tune
The highest point.
A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.
(figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success.
(architecture) An upright member, generally ending in a small spire, used to finish a buttress, to constitute a part in a proportion, as where pinnacles flank a gable or spire.
- Some renowned metropolis / With glistering spires and pinnacles around.
* See also
to put something on a pinnacle
to build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles