Definitions of pitch

  1. an all- fours game in which the first card led is a trump
  2. heel over; " The tower is tilting"; " The ceiling is slanting"
  3. move sideways or in an unsteady way, as of a ship or a vehicle out of control
  4. ( baseball) the throwing of a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
  5. throw or toss with a light motion; " flip me the beachball"; " toss me newspaper"
  6. set the level or character of; " She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
  7. sell or offer for sale from place to place
  8. be at an angle; " The terrain sloped down"
  9. the action or manner of throwing something; " his pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor"
  10. the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
  11. degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; " the roof had a steep pitch"
  12. promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
  13. set to a certain pitch, as of an instrument or one's voice; " He pitched his voice very low"
  14. any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
  15. 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"
  16. set to a certain pitch; " He pitched his voice very low"
  17. lead ( a card) and establish the trump suit
  18. hit ( a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
  19. throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball; " The pitcher delivered the ball"
  20. erect and fasten; " pitch a tent"
  21. fall or plunge forward; " She pitched over the railing of the balcony"
  22. The distance between symmetrically arranged or corresponding parts of an armature, measured along a line, called the pitch line, drawn around its length. Sometimes half of this distance is called the pitch.
  23. A thick, black, lustrous, and sticky substance obtained by boiling down tar. It is used in calking the seams of ships; also in coating rope, canvas, wood, ironwork, etc., to preserve them.
  24. See Pitchstone.
  25. To cover over or smear with pitch.
  26. Fig.: To darken; to blacken; to obscure.
  27. To throw, generally with a definite aim or purpose; to cast; to hurl; to toss; as, to pitch quoits; to pitch hay; to pitch a ball.
  28. To thrust or plant in the ground, as stakes or poles; hence, to fix firmly, as by means of poles; to establish; to arrange; as, to pitch a tent; to pitch a camp.
  29. To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as an embankment or a roadway.
  30. To fix or set the tone of; as, to pitch a tune.
  31. To set or fix, as a price or value.
  32. To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
  33. To light; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
  34. To plunge or fall; esp., to fall forward; to decline or slope; as, to pitch from a precipice; the vessel pitches in a heavy sea; the field pitches toward the east.
  35. A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand; as, a good pitch in quoits.
  36. That point of the ground on which the ball pitches or lights when bowled.
  37. A point or peak; the extreme point or degree of elevation or depression; hence, a limit or bound.
  38. Height; stature.
  39. A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
  40. The point where a declivity begins; hence, the declivity itself; a descending slope; the degree or rate of descent or slope; slant; as, a steep pitch in the road; the pitch of a roof.
  41. The relative acuteness or gravity of a tone, determined by the number of vibrations which produce it; the place of any tone upon a scale of high and low.
  42. The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a share of the ore taken out.
  43. 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.
  44. The distance between the centers of holes, as of rivet holes in boiler plates.
  45. To settle.
  46. To fix one's choise; - with on or upon.
  47. The distance from center to center of any two adjacent teeth of gearing, measured on the pitch line; - called also circular pitch.
  48. The solid black sticky substance obtained from boiled tar; a plunging forward or down; as, a headlong pitch from a rock; tossing motion, as of a ship in a storm; degree or rate; as, the highest pitch of excitement; slope; as, the pitch of a roof; the degree of a musical note, or the tone of a voice; distance between the centers of two gear teeth; the act or manner of throwing or tossing; a cast.
  49. To smear with boiled tar; throw or fling; cast headlong; set to a keynote; to fit, or set in order; fix in or on the ground; as, to pitch a tent.
  50. To settle; fall headlong; as, to pitch forward; encamp; rise and fall, as a ship; fix the choice: with upon.
  51. The solid black shining substance obtained by boiling down common tar.
  52. To smear with pitch.
  53. To pick or strike with a pike: to throw: to fix or set in array: to fix the tone.
  54. To settle, as something pitched: to come to rest from flight: to fall headlong: to fix the choice: to encamp: to rise and fall, as a ship.
  55. Any point or degree of elevation or depression: degree: degree of slope: a descent: ( mus.) the height of a note: ( mech.) distance between the centres of two teeth.
  56. Black, sticky resin.
  57. Degree of elevation; descent.
  58. To settle; fix; fall headlong; rise and fall.
  59. To smear or fill with pitch.
  60. To threw; toss; fix; fix the tone.
  61. To toss; throw.
  62. To fix or arrange, as a tent.
  63. To set the pitch of.
  64. To throw; fall or plunge downward.
  65. To rise and fall alternately at the bow and stern, as a ship.
  66. To cover or treat with pitch.
  67. Point or degree of elevation.
  68. The degree of descent; slope, as of a roof.
  69. The highness or lowness of a tone.
  70. A toss; throw.
  71. A thick, sticky substance obtained from tar or turpentine; the resinous sap of pines.
  72. A thick black substance obtained by boiling down tar.
  73. Any point or degree of elevation; highest rise; size; stature; degree; rate; descent; slope; elevation of the key- note of a tune.
  74. To smear or pay over with pitch.
  75. To throw or thrust, primarily with a long pointed object; to fix; to plant; to throw at a point; to throw headlong; to throw with a fork; to set the key- note of a tune in music.
  76. To settle; to fall headlong; to plunge; to fall; to encamp; to rise and fall, as the head and stern of a ship.
  77. The thick black substance obtained by boiling down common tar; the resinous juice of the pine or fir- tree.
  78. To smear or cover with pitch; to blacken; to obscure.
  79. To fling or throw; to plant or set, as a camp or tent; to throw, as at a point; to cast forward; to ascertain by trial the key- note of a piece of music; to fix choice; to rise and fall, as a boat or ship on the water; to come to rest from flight; to plunge or fall headlong.

Usage examples for pitch

  1. He can pitch all your thousands after his own, if he thinks proper. – The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner
  2. The fire is pitch or oil, or something that could be made to flame up quickly. – Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane by Roy Rockwood
  3. Was it not to be expected that they should pitch upon this new servant as the best person with whom to deceive Nick. – The Crime of the French Café and Other Stories by Nicholas Carter
  4. If they get a big lead, Grant may pitch it through and win. – Rival Pitchers of Oakdale by Morgan Scott
  5. And will she not drop pitch on my head? – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  6. High Pitch and Low Pitch are only relative terms. – The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 by Ministry of Education
  7. They sat in silence, for the noise was now so great that it was difficult to hear voices, unless when they were raised to a high pitch. – The Lighthouse by Robert Ballantyne
  8. " Oh, I taught her to pitch, myself. – From the Car Behind by Eleanor M. Ingram
  9. And the author exclaimed: " Pradel, my dear boy, just pitch all those people into the street." – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France
  10. But even when the pony had ceased to pitch, Pete dared not go back for it. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  11. As Charles looked he saw him pitch suddenly forward out of sight and heard a heavy fall. – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  12. And I didn't see anything, for the simple reason that the room was as dark as pitch. – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  13. Herbert answered: " It must be a mistake, I think; here's Crickledon says he had a warning before dawn and managed to move most of his things, and the people over there must have been awakened by the row in time to get off" " I can't hear a word you say;" Van Diemen tried to pitch his voice higher than the wind. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  14. Her answer was an actual cry, and yet it reached no higher pitch than his own intense whisper. – "Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  15. One of them said to me, " He thinks he is holy, but if you could see the inside of him, you would find it black as pitch!" – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup
  16. He'll be here at seven, and mind you pitch it him strong about the show. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould
  17. The pitch of the captain's voice had altered. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  18. She could see nothing: the night was dark as pitch. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  19. To be sure, the good- byes were a little hurriedly spoken, and the voices were at a little higher pitch than was usual; and when the doctor had gone, Keith and his father went at once upstairs to the studio and shut the door. – Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter