to erect or set up (a tent, etc.):[~ + object]They pitched their camp on the side of the mountain.
to put or plant in a definite place:[~ + object]The picture was pitched at an odd angle.
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.
to throw, fling, hurl, or toss:[~ + object]She pitched the smaller suitcases to me from the porch.
to throw (the ball) to the batter: [~ + object]He pitched mostly fastballs and curves.[no object]She pitches very fast.
Sportto serve as pitcher of (a game): [~ + object]He pitched three games during the World Series.[no object]She's ready to pitch tomorrow.
to set or aim at a certain point, degree, etc.:[~ + object]He pitched his hopes too high.
Music and Dance to establish the musical key of (a sound, etc.):[~ + object]The musicians pitched their instruments a little higher.
to (cause to) plunge or fall forward:[no object]He lost consciousness and pitched to the floor.
Nautical, Naval Termsto (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.
relative point, level, or degree:[countable; usually singular]a high pitch of excitement.
the degree of tilt or slope of something; an angle:[countable]The roof was at an odd pitch.
Music and Dance(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.
[countable] the act or manner of pitching, as in baseball.
Nautical, Naval Terms[countable] a pitching movement, as of a ship.
Informal TermsInformal.]a sales talk, often one in which the salesperson tries to convince the buyer of the need for his or her product:[countable]He began his sales pitch for the condominiums.
Printinga 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.
to put, set, or plant in a fixed or definite place or position.
to throw, fling, hurl, or toss.
to deliver or serve (the ball) to the batter.
to fill the position of pitcher in (a game):He pitched a no-hitter. He pitched a good game.
to choose or assign as a pitcher for a game:The manager pitched Greene the next night.
to set at a certain point, degree, level, etc.:He pitched his hopes too high.
Music and Danceto set at a particular pitch, or determine the key or keynote of (a melody).
to lead (a card of a particular suit), thereby fixing that suit as trump.
Gamesto determine (the trump) in this manner.
Architectureto pave or revet with small stones.
to square (a stone), cutting the arrises true with a chisel.
to cut with a chisel.
Informal Termsto attempt to sell or win approval for; promote; advertise:to pitch breakfast foods at a sales convention.
Informal Termsto approach or court (as a person, company, or the public) in hope of a sale, approval, or interest; make an appeal to.
Rocketryto cause to pitch.
[Obs.]to set in order; to arrange, as a field of battle.
[Obs.]to fix firmly as in the ground; embed.
to plunge or fall forward or headlong.
to throw or toss.
to deliver or serve the ball to the batter.
to fill the position of pitcher:He pitched for the Mets last year.
to slope downward; dip.
Nautical, Naval Termsto plunge with alternate fall and rise of bow and stern, as a ship (opposed to roll).
(of a rocket or guided missile) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by oscillations of the longitudinal axis in a vertical plane about the center of gravity.
to fix a tent or temporary habitation; encamp:They pitched by a mountain stream.
Sport[Golf.]to play a pitch shot.
Informal Termsto attempt to sell or win approval for something or someone by advertising, promotion, etc.:politicians pitching on TV.
[Rare.]to become established; settle down.
to begin to work in earnest and vigorously:If I really pitch in, I may be able to finish the paper before the deadline.
to contribute to a common cause; join in:When they took up a collection for the annual dinner, he promised to pitch in.
to attack verbally or physically:He apologized for pitching into me yesterday.
to begin to work on vigorously.
pitch on or upon, to choose, esp. casually or without forethought; decide on:We pitched on a day for our picnic.
relative point, position, or degree:a high pitch of excitement.
the degree of inclination or slope; angle:the pitch of an arch; the pitch of a stair.
the highest point or greatest height:enjoying the pitch of success.
Music and Dance(in music, speech, etc.) the degree of height or depth of a tone or of sound, depending upon the relative rapidity of the vibrations by which it is produced.
Music and Dancethe particular tonal standard with which given tones may be compared in respect to their relative level.
[Acoustics.]the apparent predominant frequency sounded by an acoustical source.
act or manner of pitching.
a throw or toss.
Sport[Baseball.]the serving of the ball to the batter by the pitcher, usually preceded by a windup or stretch.
Nautical, Naval Termsa pitching movement or forward plunge, as of a ship.
Civil Engineeringupward or downward inclination or slope:a road descending at a steep pitch.
a sloping part or place:to build on the pitch of a hill.
a quantity of something pitched or placed somewhere.
Sport[Cricket.]the central part of the field; the area between the wickets.
a high-pressure sales talk:The salesman made his pitch for the new line of dresses.
a specific plan of action; angle:to tackle a problem again, using a new pitch.
the specific location in which a person or object is placed or stationed; allotted or assigned place.
British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]the established location, often a street corner, of a beggar, street peddler, newspaper vendor, etc.
the nosing of an airplane or spacecraft up or down about a transverse axis.
the distance that a given propeller would advance in one revolution.
(of a rocket or guided missile)
the motion due to pitching.
Rocketrythe extent of the rotation of the longitudinal axis involved in pitching.
GeologyAlso called plunge. the inclination of a linear feature, as the axis of a fold or an oreshoot, from the horizontal.
Mechanical Engineeringthe distance between the corresponding surfaces of two adjacent gear teeth measured either along the pitch circle(circular pitch) or between perpendiculars to the root surfaces(normal pitch).
Mechanical Engineeringthe ratio of the number of teeth in a gear or splined shaft to the pitch circle diameter, expressed in inches.
Mechanical Engineeringthe distance between any two adjacent things in a series, as screw threads, rivets, etc.
Textiles(in carpet weaving) the weftwise number of warp ends, usually determined in relation to 27 inches (68.6 cm).
GamesSee all fours (def. 2).
GamesSee auction pitch.
[Masonry.]a true or even surface on a stone.
Printing(of typewriter type) a unit of measurement indicating the number of characters to a horizontal inch:Pica is a 10-pitch type.
1175–1225; (verb, verbal) Middle English picchen to thrust, pierce, set, set up (a tent, etc.), array, throw; perh. akin to pick1; (noun, nominal) derivative of the verb, verbal
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See throw.
Chemistryany of various dark, tenacious, and viscous substances for caulking and paving, consisting of the residue of the distillation of coal tar or wood tar.
Chemistryany of certain bitumens, as asphalt:mineral pitch.
Chemistryany of various resins.
Chemistrythe sap or crude turpentine that exudes from the bark of pines.
to smear or cover with pitch.
Latin pic- (stem of pix), whence also Dutch pek, German Pech; akin to Greek píssa pitch
(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
chieflyBrita vendor's station, esp on a pavement
slanga persuasive sales talk, esp one routinely repeated
chieflyBrit(in many sports) the field of play
Also called:pitch shotan approach shot in which the ball is struck in a high arc