Main definitions of pitch in English

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  • 1mass noun The quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it; the degree of highness or lowness of a tone.

    ‘her voice rose steadily in pitch’
    • ‘Sound waves are converted by a microphone into electrical signals that vary with the pitch and intensity of the sound.’
    • ‘She re-taught herself to feel the vibration of the sounds, registering pitch and tone through the buzz of her body, often playing barefoot.’
    • ‘The apparatus could only send sounds of constant pitch such as those produced by a single musical note.’
    • ‘The machine will make quite a loud noise, which will probably vary in pitch and volume during the scan, but the magnetic field cannot be felt.’
    • ‘He started to talk in a voice that seemed to be constantly changing pitch and volume.’
    • ‘Now, in comes Tristan singing in a high, out of tune, girly pitch.’
    • ‘The end of a major tone group is typically marked by a pattern indicating finality: for example, a fall in pitch to close a statement.’
    • ‘In the future, computer scientists should be able to make them sound much more human by modulating nonlinguistic aspects of vocalization such as speed, pitch, and volume.’
    • ‘Lao is a tonal language; therefore, the meaning of a word is determined by the tone or pitch at which it is spoken.’
    • ‘Her voice rose steadily in pitch as she withdrew further, back now against a wall.’
    • ‘The engine droned, its pitch climbing and dropping according to how hard the drag had to work smoothing the trail.’
    • ‘The words of the sentence are overlaid with the rises and falls in pitch.’
    • ‘They change pitch, alter tempo, or otherwise reshape and transform themselves to correspond to the surrounding sounds.’
    • ‘Starting on C major, they ascend in pitch utilizing the key signatures that employ no more than four sharps or fiats.’
    • ‘A deafening roar surrounded them, growing higher in pitch as the careening ship gathered speed.’
    • ‘Their tone of voice implies many qualities with wide varieties of pitches and tones.’
    • ‘Language varies in terms of pitch, tonality, intonation, and pronunciation.’
    • ‘During speech, singing, or playing a wind instrument, the size of the aperture is narrowed and varied, to produce sounds of different pitch.’
    • ‘The less vibrating the vocal folds do, the lower pitch the voice has.’
    • ‘They have never heard sounds, so can't understand tones or pitches, or modulate their speech.’
    tone, timbre, sound, key, tonality, modulation, frequency
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    1. 1.1 A standard degree of highness or lowness used in performance.
      ‘the guitars were strung and tuned to pitch’
      See also concert pitch
      • ‘Scrupulous about vocal production, she maintains classical standards of pitch and articulation in pop renditions.’
      • ‘Her voice is annoyingly reedy, with a fast vibrato and intonation slightly under pitch.’
      • ‘We need not worry if our singing is not beautiful in tone or even accurate in pitch; it is much more important we sing with character and rhythmic vitality.’
      • ‘She had presence, faultless pitch and crystal clear tone.’
      • ‘She had some problems keeping pitch and the tone of her voice did not suit her role.’
  • 2mass noun The steepness of a slope, especially of a roof.

    • ‘He also varies roof pitch according to a region's latitude and climate.’
    • ‘The house's low roof pitch and deep overhangs shield it from the fierce elements of salt, rain, and wind.’
    • ‘Its variations in height, pitch, and transparency make the roofline a canopy that casts a dappled light on the forest floor.’
    • ‘Until near the end of his life, Jefferson seems to have been satisfied with wood shingles as the traditional covering for roofs of a regular pitch.’
    • ‘While bed and bathrooms are private, enclosed volumes, living and dining rooms have been opened up to the full extent of the roof pitch.’
    • ‘Upstairs, remodeling focused on increasing the angle of the roof's pitch.’
    • ‘He used a larger back porch as inspiration, repeating its columns, railings, and even the roof pitch.’
    • ‘It includes two steep climbs per ten-mile lap, with pitches of 19 per cent.’
    • ‘It is a really high roof with an extreme pitch with slippery shingles.’
    • ‘When you crest a hill, maintain or increase your intensity as the pitch flattens out.’
    • ‘Barratts has introduced a shallower roof pitch to the design of the third block and plans to plant 107 new trees.’
    • ‘A typical ridge assembly will consist of an aluminium extrusion, shaped to receive the glazing bars and polycarbonate sheeting that forms the dual pitch roof.’
    • ‘With headroom no longer an issue, they lowered the roof pitch.’
    • ‘revision: also as modifier’
    • ‘Single storey houses with roofs that usually face the front and back of the home will likely need a low pitch roof on the sunroom to continue the flow.’
    • ‘He also altered the flat ceilings by adding a gentle pitch to the roof over the original beams.’
    • ‘Keeping a steep roof pitch and adding dormers to the new second story are good options.’
    steepness, angle, gradient, slope, slant, tilt, incline, cant, rake, dip, inclination
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    1. 2.1Climbing count noun A section of a climb, especially a steep one.
      • ‘Once you are caught on a course with a steep pitch, protruding roots and boulders, you will experience ‘complete fear’.’
      • ‘We spent all day learning the basics, but it was still so much fun climbing those tree-filled pitches.’
      • ‘She completed a one hundred mile run and climbed a five pitch route in the middle.’
      • ‘Tom climbed the last pitch, set up his belay and greeted each of us with a triumphal smile as we rounded the summit.’
      • ‘It was around midnight and I'd only completed four pitches since daybreak.’
    2. 2.2 The height to which a hawk soars before swooping on its prey.
      • ‘He was climbing to his pitch at a distance.’
      • ‘The bird was at a pitch of about 300ft.’
      • ‘I have seen falcons kill partridges from low pitches.’
  • 3in singular A level of the intensity of something, especially a high level.

    ‘the media furore reached such a pitch that the company withdrew the product’
    • ‘Schoolchildren blocked two bridges in the centre of York today as protests reached a new pitch.’
    • ‘With emotions at the current pitch, it is hard to say these things without being accused of whitewashing the church or denying the suffering of victims.’
    • ‘The Richmond nomination battle will reach a pitch soon after an election call is made - that could happen any time in the coming two months.’
    • ‘It has intensified to a higher pitch again recently.’
    • ‘Competitive pressure, already at a high pitch, intensified.’
    • ‘And when Ronaldo drove home, not once, but twice, the excitement reached a feverish pitch.’
    • ‘But now, with the Public Sphere growing increasingly irrelevant, it is reaching a critical pitch.’
    • ‘Feuding reaches a new pitch as the chief executive tries to float the bank.’
    • ‘As it dawns, the activities reach a feverish pitch.’
    • ‘The changeover comes at a crucial time, as the drama surrounding accession negotiations reaches a new pitch.’
    • ‘It has grown to such a level and such a pitch that I'm sure it's a cause of many people's disquiet.’
    • ‘But over the last few months I've felt my stress level rising to a pitch that eventually made me more ill than I feel comfortable with.’
    • ‘The clamour reached a feverish pitch as winners too joined the chorus of the losers in protesting against the decisions.’
    • ‘On the eve of the Second World War, harsh criticism of the West reached a high pitch.’
    level, intensity, point, degree, height, extent
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  • 4British An area of ground marked out or used for play in an outdoor team game.

    ‘a football pitch’
    • ‘When was the last time you felt intimidated on a football pitch?’
    • ‘The drainage system has proved to be very successful and kept the pitch playable throughout the winter period.’
    • ‘The track surrounding the football pitch is fully floodlit and measures 0.3 of a mile.’
    • ‘The surplus funds from the fundraising committee have been donated to the school for the development of the school pitch.’
    • ‘But it's the condition of the two main facilities, the sports hall and artificial pitch, that is of most concern.’
    • ‘However, the quality of the new pitch has received favourable comment from visiting teams and locals alike.’
    • ‘He was welcomed on to the pitch at half-time to receive a commemorative plaque.’
    • ‘A corridor for media and officials is placed between the seating terraces and the boundary wall of the pitch.’
    • ‘Having two teams play home games on the same pitch over an English winter would have done more damage to the surface than would a farmer with a plough.’
    • ‘The pitch is constantly being mowed at the moment.’
    • ‘A £250,000 scheme at Milnrow Parish School would provide a new all-weather pitch and redevelop the playground.’
    • ‘The money will be used to create a new sports hall, artificial turf pitch, a grass running track, a floodlit multi purpose sports area and to upgrade two existing grass pitches.’
    • ‘The game was played on a hard pitch and the bumpy ground meant it was never going to be a classic.’
    • ‘On the pitch, both teams, returning from weekend victories, failed to utilise chances that came their way.’
    • ‘Greater Manchester Police confirmed that around 3,000 fans invaded the pitch at the end of the match.’
    • ‘There are outdoor tennis and football pitches, jogging paths and spaces for barbecues.’
    • ‘For the first time for many years, England fans booed the team off the pitch.’
    • ‘Plans for the school include developing an AstroTurf pitch to be used by the school and community groups.’
    • ‘The surface of the floodlit, full size, all-weather pitch, will be ‘field turf’, which is used on training pitches at Leeds United.’
    • ‘Training is on the new AstroTurf pitch.’
    playing field, field, ground, sports field
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    1. 4.1Cricket The strip of ground between the two sets of stumps.
      ‘both batsmen were stranded in the middle of the pitch’
      • ‘He chose to bat on a good, if somewhat slow, batting pitch.’
      • ‘The English camp was unhappy with the condition of the pitch at Melbourne for the Second Test match.’
      • ‘Whatever the two captains think, spin is the only answer on this pitch.’
      • ‘The way to take wickets on these pitches is to force batsmen to make mistakes, and the South Africans did that.’
      • ‘Before he began hitting sixes he adjusted the bails of the stumps and analysed the pitch.’
  • 5Baseball
    A delivery of the ball by the pitcher.

    • ‘Of course, different pitches arrive at wildly different speeds and spins.’
    • ‘He has been criticized for using one pitch too often or failing to set up hitters.’
    • ‘The first pitch was low and over the outside corner.’
    • ‘He was determined to go after hitters rather than trying to make the perfect pitch.’
    • ‘Sometimes five wild pitches in one inning aren't enough to keep a team from a win.’
    throw, cast, fling, hurl, toss, delivery, lob
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    1. 5.1Cricket The spot where the ball bounces when bowled.
      • ‘He had quick feet, enabling him to dance to the pitch of the ball from spinners and his ability to play a number of attacking shots helped him enormously.’
      • ‘Their feet got to the pitch of the ball and their fluent drives repeatedly carved through the infield on either side of the wicket.’
      • ‘His downfall in the second game came as a result of a half drive with the foot not up to the pitch of the ball.’
      • ‘They get to the pitch of the ball a lot better than most batsmen,’ he said.’
      • ‘Teased outside his off-stump, for once his lack of footwork towards the pitch of the ball betrayed him.’
    2. 5.2Golf A high approach shot on to the green.
      • ‘There is no easier pitch shot than the one from halfway up the bank.’
      • ‘When practicing pitches and chips, make sure the length of the follow-through matches the length of the backswing.’
      • ‘On 14, Mark hit a lovely pitch just past the flag that skidded over the green.’
      • ‘He smashed the ball up short of the green, his pitch ran 15 feet past and he missed the putt.’
      • ‘Some of the most difficult shots in golf are pitches from 40 to 80 yards - ones that require less than a full swing.’
  • 6A form of words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something.

    ‘he put over a very strong sales pitch’
    • ‘You almost can't turn on the radio anymore without hearing a pitch from DirectTV.’
    • ‘He is literally on the edge of his seat, silently reciting her pitch, word for word, right along with her.’
    • ‘Remember how I was talking about clever marketing pitches?’
    • ‘People were crowding into rooms to listen to the pitches of the consolidators.’
    • ‘A consultant can make the pitch that he offers greater expertise and experience for less money.’
    • ‘He hears countless movie pitches, and is responsible for filtering out the twelve movie ideas that his studio will turn into features every year.’
    • ‘I just can't believe that such shallow, flashy pitches would entice anyone to buy anything - but obviously they work.’
    • ‘In his podium pitch, Isherwood refers to his ‘passion’ for customer service.’
    • ‘The promise to stop land-clearing in the next three years is a direct pitch for the environment vote.’
    • ‘The sales pitch was very convincing.’
    • ‘Lee was sacked after his cold-calling sales pitches fell flat on their face.’
    • ‘Her pitch is straightforward - everyone in Lothian has two votes, one for their favoured party and the other for her.’
    • ‘As more telephone traffic moves onto the Internet, attracted by its low costs, so too will the sales pitches of telemarketers.’
    • ‘They were criticised by analysts and fund managers for not making a stronger pitch for the US company.’
    • ‘His pitch has been to the point and straight to the heart.’
    • ‘One can only assume that these are the pitches that guarantee sales.’
    • ‘Half a dozen sales pitches are underway at any one time.’
    • ‘He also insists that speakers ‘add a bit of magic’ - a story, anecdote or joke that will stick in the minds of the panel hearing the pitches.’
    • ‘The foundation receives around 3,000 formal grant requests every month in addition to lots of less-formal pitches.’
    • ‘Each city will make a 45 minute pitch on Wednesday before an evaluation commission report, the final vote and then the all-important announcement.’
    patter, talk
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  • 7British A place where a street vendor or performer stations themselves or sets up a stall.

    ‘the traders had already reserved their pitches’
    • ‘They moved from pitch to pitch, some settling in the covered market, others going further afield.’
    • ‘Retailers will not vacate prime pitches, and an increasingly difficult planning regime has meant that new development has been severely limited.’
    • ‘There are now 25 officially-branded pitches at stations including Oxford Circus and Charing Cross.’
    • ‘Steve often busks near the street pitch Anne's husband, Mark, uses to sell paintings and prints.’
    • ‘As well as a huge range of stalls and a car boot sale with about 150 pitches, people were able to enjoy entertainment provided by majorettes and a falconry display.’
    • ‘Patrick had a pitch on the High Street in East Ham, where I did most of my local shopping.’
    • ‘The trio set up their pitch on market days, blending in with fellow ‘traders’ who were also completely oblivious to the ruse.’
    • ‘Those wishing to book stalls or car boot pitches should contact Kate by phone.’
    • ‘Pitches are in demand and vendors can lose their pitch if they break certain rules.’
    • ‘Con artists appear to have hit on a new tactic, moving from traditional street pitches to rented offices as they lure people into parting with their money.’
    site, place, spot, station
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  • 8mass noun A swaying or oscillation of a ship, aircraft, or vehicle around a horizontal axis perpendicular to the direction of motion.

    ‘the pitch and roll of the ship’
    • ‘It's the up-and-down motion of the airplane as it changes pitch due to disturbances that have the greatest effect on people.’
    • ‘The system is complemented by a set of midship stabilising fins and stern stabilising flaps to control the pitch and roll of the ship.’
    • ‘Yaw and pitch were to be controlled through a tail-mounted rudder and elevator connected by cables to the flier's seat and a shoulder yoke.’
    • ‘They have long been known for their function as flight stabilizers, like gyroscopes on airplanes that prevent excessive roll, pitch or yaw.’
    • ‘His inputs to control pitch during the oscillations were ineffective.’
    • ‘We were experiencing some pitch and roll but nothing out of the ordinary.’
    • ‘They are very stable, slow to takeoff and land and very responsive in pitch and roll.’
    • ‘He turned and continued his pacing along the windward side of the quarterdeck, easily adjusting his stride to the pitch and roll of the ship.’
    • ‘In reality, we control airspeed and altitude with the coordinated use of both pitch and power.’
    lurch, pitching, lurching, roll, rolling, plunging, reeling, swaying, rocking, list, wallowing, labouring
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  • 9technical mass noun The distance between successive corresponding points or lines, for example between the teeth of a cogwheel.

    • ‘The keys are manufactured with 4 accurately positioned perforations corresponding to the pitch of the cogwheel.’
    • ‘One of the belt's major design improvements is the pitch, or the distance between belt teeth.’
    1. 9.1 A measure of the angle of the blades of a screw propeller, equal to the distance forward a blade would move in one revolution if it exerted no thrust on the medium.
      • ‘Furthermore, a new series of carbon-reinforced blades with a modified pitch angle further increases power production.’
      • ‘This makes blade pitch adjustments easier by eliminating the need for special tools.’
      • ‘That combination allows operators to adjust blade pitch quickly, on the fly, with very little effort.’
      • ‘In the Weber system, one of the weights is keyed solid with constant pitch while the other weight is allowed to move 180 in pitch.’
      • ‘As a grader, you control the blade depth with auxiliary hydraulics and the blade pitch using the attachment hydraulic.’
    2. 9.2 The density of typed or printed characters on a line, typically expressed as numbers of characters per inch.
      • ‘A font may have a fixed pitch or a proportional one.’
      • ‘The pitch of the font should be at least 10, with a pitch of 12 preferred.’


  • 1with object and adverbial Set (one's voice or a piece of music) at a particular pitch.

    ‘you've pitched the melody very high’
    • ‘She smiled at the faces around her, and pitched her voice to project to the back of the hall.’
    • ‘He was a little too excited, his voice pitched a fraction too high.’
    • ‘In fact, it's only when I ask for another coffee that he complains, his voice pitched somewhere between disgust and incomprehension.’
    • ‘Only half an hour later, the six had found a table at one of the nearby bars, and now sat in a circle around it, voices pitched low, heads huddled in a horrible attempt to be discreet.’
    • ‘She pitched her voice here to sound slightly exasperated, slightly weary - not angry.’
    • ‘I pitched my voice lower, but I was trailing far enough behind the group that they probably wouldn't hear me anyway.’
    • ‘Helena pitched her voice to a deep whisper, making Katherine strain to hear her.’
    • ‘She didn't need to pitch her voice lower, for the teeth-rattling music took care of the concept of being overheard.’
    • ‘He called back, pitching his voice like a girl's.’
    • ‘She held out the ledger and spoke in a voice deliberately pitched too low to be overheard.’
    • ‘He pitched his voice higher, so Riona could hear him.’
    • ‘His mastery of vocal manipulation allowed him to pitch his voice like a frail old man from Texas who was promoting his new self-help book.’
    • ‘His voice was pitched low, so that only Doyle and I heard him.’
    • ‘And so when I began to pitch my voice in a loud tone, something had happened to me psychologically.’
    • ‘Was it just me or was he pitching his voice rather high?’
    • ‘The music has been pitched at a level shown to be comfortable for bovine auditory systems.’
    • ‘Was it his imagination, or was she pitching her voice lower than usual?’
    • ‘To speed up a Border Collie, pitch the voice high and quick.’
    • ‘Some of her notes were almost a wail, others were pitched so high as to shake the chandelier.’
    • ‘Then he mocks me with his voice, by pitching it about ten times higher than usual.’
    1. 1.1 Set or aim at a particular level, target, or audience.
      ‘he should pitch his talk at a suitable level for the age group’
      • ‘The budgeted selling price for cheese for years one to three is pitched at £2,100 / tonne which will be sold in the UK rather than for export.’
      • ‘They knew at what level the questions would be pitched.’
      • ‘The class itself is pitched at a level of difficulty just beyond the best students, and so you rarely feel as if you are actually dancing.’
      • ‘The screenplay is pitched at a third grade level.’
      • ‘The premiums on the contracts were pitched so low that there was never any realistic hope these policies would grow to such a level that mortgage debts could be met.’
      • ‘It just happens to be pitched too high over the heads of its target audience.’
      • ‘The freewheeling commentary in the general media, with a few notable exceptions, was pitched at too low a level to call this a teaching moment.’
      • ‘These critiques raise important issues; but they are often pitched at a very abstract level and fail to take account of the agency of particular women.’
      • ‘Prices have been pitched at €170,000 for three bedroomed semis, up to €250,000 for the four bedroomed detached.’
      • ‘It is necessary to remember that a plea of justification may be pitched at one of three levels of gravity in relation to a defamatory sting.’
      • ‘They criticized one of the presentations as being pitched at novices.’
      • ‘Soppy love songs are minimised, while the ubiquitous clashes between good and evil are pitched at just the right level.’
  • 2with object and adverbial of direction Throw roughly or casually.

    ‘he crumpled the page up and pitched it into the fireplace’
    • ‘The boat, believed to have been ferrying illegal migrants, capsized, pitching more than 100 people into the sea.’
    • ‘He pitched a pebble into the stream.’
    • ‘Had the momentum of his fall not pitched him into a forward roll then he would have been crushed underneath his horse.’
    • ‘As if in slow motion, the horse stumbled, rolling his front legs and pitching his rider over his head.’
    • ‘The world spun for a moment, finally settling at a thirty degree angle and pitching him off his bed.’
    • ‘The horse fell, pitching the rider forward.’
    • ‘Suddenly, I'm pitched forward, falling through the back of a cloth tent.’
    • ‘Their riders were pitched onto the road and then ploughed under the hooves of the other six steeds.’
    • ‘Taking up the elegantly bound volume, which must have cost him a considerable sum, he quietly pitched it out of the window.’
    • ‘I took the plane ticket from my pocket, wadded it into a ball, and pitched it dead center into the can.’
    • ‘The rear of his race car snapped out of control on the sodden track, pitching him into one barrier and then another and sending a clear warning to the rest of the drivers.’
    • ‘She was suddenly pitched to the floor.’
    throw, toss, fling, hurl, cast, lob, launch, flip, shy, dash, aim, direct, propel, bowl
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    1. 2.1no object, with adverbial of direction Fall heavily, especially headlong.
      ‘she pitched forward into blackness’
      • ‘Eliza pitched forward, her head swimming, her vision blurring.’
      • ‘Mountain bikes feature a crosswise handlebar which helps prevent the rider from pitching over the front in case of sudden deceleration.’
      • ‘Suddenly, she pitched forward, barely catching herself on the bars.’
      • ‘As she watched, his eyes rolled back in his head and he pitched forward into her arms.’
      • ‘Wearing a lap belt keeps you anchored to the car seat and your shoulder belt keeps your upper body from pitching forward and hitting the airbag as it deploys.’
      • ‘Barely were the words out of my mouth when I stubbed my toe on some obstacle, pitched forward, and butted my head into something that FELT very much like a door.’
      • ‘Halfway down he stumbled on a mound of dirt and pitched forward.’
      • ‘I rocked wildly on my feet, and pitched forward a little, almost knocking someone over.’
      • ‘She pitched forward, knocking over a lamp that broke when it hit the hard wood floor.’
      • ‘As she pitched forward, about to fall, someone caught her by her upper arms.’
      • ‘The sudden weight change threw her off balance and her head pitched forward, smacking into the metal.’
      • ‘The big ex-con pitches forward and falls behind the counter.’
      • ‘He pitched forward and found himself sprawled face down across the low table.’
      • ‘He could still hear her screams when he pitched forward and everything went black.’
      • ‘The jockey pitched on to the firm turf and rolled over several times before lying prone.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he swooned and pitched forward over the railing.’
      • ‘Alex pitched forward as his leg gave way and I had to catch him.’
      • ‘Nick tried to steady me as my body pitched forward.’
      • ‘She pitched forward, twisted and ended up on the infield grass, in tears.’
      • ‘I pitched forward and toppled over the rail.’
      • ‘He pitched forward and started to roll down the reminder of the hill, landing right at Basil's feet.’
      fall, fall headlong, tumble, topple, plunge, plummet, dive, take a nosedive, nosedive
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  • 3Baseball
    with object Throw (the ball) for the batter to try to hit.

    • ‘He was due to pitch the first ball of a crunch baseball match in New York between the Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.’
    • ‘When Morris was 20, he could pitch a ball at 85 miles an hour.’
    • ‘She pitched the ball and he swung and hit it, getting himself a single.’
    • ‘Just as Billy pitched the ball, I made eye contact with him.’
    • ‘He threw the ball back to her and she gave the batter a whole two seconds before pitching the same ball.’
    1. 3.1Cricket (of a bowler) cause (the ball) to strike the ground at a particular point.
      ‘all too often you pitch the ball short’
      • ‘He pitched the ball well up, turned it a touch, and conceded only 44 runs in his ten overs.’
      • ‘He was able to pitch the ball just about anywhere he wanted and because of this and his pace he was the obvious weapon.’
      • ‘Ryan has come back from a winter in Australia which also in my opinion did him a lot of good and taught him to pitch the ball a bit further up.’
      • ‘He kept pitching the ball on middle stump.’
      • ‘The next ball was pitched up and driven for four.’
    2. 3.2Golf Hit (the ball) on to the green with a pitch shot.
      • ‘He pitched onto the green, where an evil eight-footer awaited him.’
      • ‘Once you become proficient at pitching the ball, you'll want to convert more putts for par - and cut down on three-putts.’
      • ‘‘It puts them into a real situation because once they've pitched on to the green they have to hole out,’ he said.’
      • ‘He pitched back onto the green some 30 feet away, and then almost putted it off the green before gunning it long again.’
      • ‘The round went a little quiet then and he bogeyed the 17th after pitching way over the green.’
    3. 3.3Cricket Golf no object (of the ball) strike the ground in a particular spot.
      ‘the ball pitched, began to spin back, and rolled towards the hole’
      • ‘The ball pitched 15 feet from the hole, bounced three times and dropped in.’
      • ‘It is possible to plot where the ball pitched, and where the batsman's shot went, allowing all those graphs to be drawn.’
      • ‘Dropping another ball, he hit five iron again and this time the ball pitched on the green and ran up and into the hole.’
      • ‘The ball pitched a few yards past the flag and, courtesy of a powerful amount of backspin, zipped back into the hole for an eagle two.’
      • ‘Replays showed that the ball had pitched outside leg stump, but it was too late for recriminations.’
  • 4no object Make a bid to obtain a contract or other business.

    ‘I've been pitching for this account for over a month’
    • ‘The company is also pitching for government business in the Republic after entering a partnership with Version 1 software in Dublin.’
    • ‘The advertising account for Dublin Bus is out to tender, and it is believed over 20 agencies are pitching for it.’
    • ‘We have gone out aggressively pitching for new business.’
    • ‘Now the five are pitching for the 2001 Evening Press New Business of the Year category and have hopes of winning the overall title.’
    • ‘We were pitching for some new clients and I had put a lot of work in.’
    • ‘The National Pensions Reserve Fund is also interested in pitching for the M50 project.’
    • ‘Hence, my advice is to concentrate on regional conferences and activities rather than pitching for events with national/international audiences.’
    • ‘It already runs West Coast routes and is pitching for the East Coast.’
    • ‘A software firm chaired by former Baltimore Technologies boss Fran Rooney is one of ten companies pitching for funding at an investment forum this week.’
    • ‘Some companies are actively pitching for business.’
    • ‘He is the country's number one salesman in pitching for more trade and investment with the U.S.’
    • ‘It is currently pitching for a Government grant to create its own 40-seater cabaret-style cinema in a barn at Oxen Park.’
    • ‘You're pitching for business abroad and attending offshore meetings on a more regular basis.’
    • ‘The event will allow biotech firms to pitch for investment in front of dozens of venture capitalists and banks.’
    • ‘Online advertising firms are likely to be added to the list of media pitching for lucrative public information contracts under the new government.’
    • ‘Stafford was one of 21 entrepreneurs pitching for funding at the First Tuesday event in Dublin last week.’
    • ‘Some used the opportunity to pitch for business contracts.’
    • ‘‘We are pitching for new clients every week, and expanding our mid-cap company sector,’ he said.’
    1. 4.1with object Try to persuade someone to buy or accept (something)
      ‘they pitched the story to various magazines and newspapers’
      • ‘Young entrepreneurs will be pitching their ideas to York investors in the hope of scooping a £20,000 prize.’
      • ‘She was interested in education-related stories and pitched some ideas to her boss.’
      • ‘I had another meeting at the BBC to pitch some ideas to a friendly executive.’
      • ‘Samantha pitches the story to the editor of a San Francisco magazine.’
      • ‘He even pitched his music to the labels in New York and Los Angeles, but they turned him down as well.’
      • ‘In a class of 18, each student pitches two ideas and, after discussion, they vote for the best five.’
      • ‘The BBC last night rejected claims that it had ‘stolen’ the format for the series from a writer who pitched an idea for a similar show in 1995.’
      • ‘The corporation is understood to have asked a number of independent production companies to pitch their ideas for the show.’
      • ‘He had originally pitched the idea for the film to a Hollywood producer in the early 1990s.’
      • ‘Imagine if job interviews were like that and you had to go head-to-head with one other candidate, pitching yourself as the better of the two!’
      • ‘Meanwhile, behind me, one writer pitches his screenplay idea to another writer.’
      • ‘During the year, researchers are able to develop their knowledge of the UK broadcasting market and learn about writing programme proposals and pitching ideas.’
      • ‘She is pitching a TV show idea today at 5.30 pm.’
      • ‘I haven't pitched this idea to my boss yet, but I think it will be received well.’
      • ‘Back in America, he pitched this complicated, albeit less sexy, idea to his editor at the Times.’
      • ‘I receive many letters from would-be entrepreneurs pitching their ideas.’
      • ‘Want to pitch a movie idea to Hollywood bigwigs?’
      • ‘Each month, he meets the supermarket's representatives to pitch his editorial ideas.’
      • ‘I've never pitched a story to someone in my life.’
      • ‘When I pitched the kids' ideas to my TV colleagues they were really impressed.’
  • 5with object Set up and fix in position.

    ‘we pitched camp for the night’
    • ‘Many of the early comers had their own small tents and pitched them up on Calvary Hill.’
    • ‘Why not just take a light tarp for a ground sheet and pitch it as a roof if it does rain?’
    • ‘An acceptable site was eventually arrived at and we pitched camp.’
    • ‘Perhaps they'll end up pitching their tents somewhere on Romney Marsh.’
    • ‘The lightweight goat hair tents of the nomadic Bedouin, for instance, can be pitched under a tree for shade, or to catch prevailing breezes.’
    • ‘With temperatures plummeting, the council ordered winter camps to be pitched.’
    • ‘A group of French rescuers arrive and pitch their tents under a huge Tricolor.’
    • ‘Saturday night saw the Raise The Roof benefit pitch its tent at the Rosemount Hotel.’
    • ‘The weather was still cold, so they had to pitch tents right away.’
    • ‘We had pitched camp at dusk.’
    • ‘Nine of us will be pitching camp in a field with thousands of other people.’
    put up, set up, erect, raise, position, fix in position, place, locate
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    1. 5.1Cricket Fix (the stumps) in the ground and place the bails in preparation for play.
      ‘the stumps were pitched at 12 o'clock’
      • ‘Marching over the sands, they pitched stumps and Oliver triumphantly hit the ball into the sea.’
      • ‘The stumps were pitched, the look-outs appointed, and the Captain gratified by the first innings.’
      • ‘The stumps were pitched about half-past eleven, when the County commenced their first innings.’
  • 6no object (of a moving ship, aircraft, or vehicle) rock or oscillate around a lateral axis, so that the front moves up and down.

    ‘the little steamer pressed on, pitching gently’
    • ‘Suddenly the ship pitched and the water washed over the ship's high railing.’
    • ‘The boat's pitching all over the place, the mast is a 70-foot-tall, wet, slippery stick.’
    • ‘Similarly, in adverse weather, the vessel may pitch and roll.’
    • ‘The ship appeared to pitch and roll at an incredible rate as I fought to align the aircraft over the tiny flight deck.’
    • ‘We could feel the landing-gear struts compress as the ship hit some heavy swells and pitched wildly.’
    • ‘Then we hit some turbulence, and both aircraft pitched and rolled a little bit.’
    • ‘Her bow wave sends the little boat pitching like a bronco.’
    • ‘Although the sea washed the heads clean as the ship pitched, the heads still needed a regular scrub-down with a broom.’
    • ‘The boat was rocking and pitching wildly.’
    • ‘He took position on her right side to support should the ship suddenly pitch or roll with the waves.’
    • ‘When we move into exposed water, we pitch and yaw in a two-and-a-half-metre swell.’
    • ‘The storm raged all day - the ship pitching and rolling heavily.’
    • ‘Now she began to sway as the deck of the ship pitched beneath her feet, and she could hear the desperate cries of the crew.’
    • ‘Swaying in the wind, they're concerned about the timing in getting on deck, with the ship pitching hard up and down.’
    • ‘The aircraft was pitching with turbulence and I was lurching about, bracing myself against the walls.’
    • ‘As a seasoned skipper, you know that a boat can pitch suddenly when it goes through a wake.’
    • ‘Soon, the big dive boat was pitching and rolling.’
    • ‘Jenni rolled her eyes and reached for her coffee as it slid across the table as the ferry pitched yet again.’
    • ‘The boat pitched as it mounted a particularly high wave.’
    • ‘The boat pitched backward and then dangerously to one side, while the water gushed in from every direction.’
    lurch, toss, toss about, plunge, roll, reel, sway, rock, flounder, keel, list, wallow, labour
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    1. 6.1 (of a vehicle) move with a vigorous jolting motion.
      ‘a Land Rover came pitching round the hillside’
      • ‘The truck pitched through the snow as we made our way to the Refuge.’
      • ‘The car pitched and dodged through the turns.’
      • ‘The truck accelerated as it pitched down the hill.’
  • 7with object Cause (a roof) to slope downwards from the ridge.

    ‘the roof was pitched at an angle of 75 degrees’
    • ‘Metal can be used on pitched or low-sloped roofs, incorporated in different design elements and bought in almost any color.’
    • ‘Its features include floors raised off the ground and steeply pitched roofs with deep overhanging eaves.’
    • ‘Seen from a distance across the fields and fruit trees, its pitched roofs and white walls harmonize with the traditional rural buildings.’
    • ‘The sod roof is pitched to match the angle of the adjacent weathered trees to further blend it with the dominant land form.’
    • ‘It had massive cornices and a heavy pitched slate roof.’
    • ‘Are pitched roofs really the most efficient use of materials?’
    • ‘Planning permission exists to place a pitched roof over the extension.’
    • ‘A modern house with a pitched roof was built upon its foundation.’
    • ‘A traditional way to bring daylight into an attic with a steeply pitched roof is to add dormer windows.’
    • ‘With a pitched roof, brick facing, bay windows and a porch over the front door, it has many of the elements of a previous age.’
    • ‘The building is mainly open plan beneath a pitched roof.’
    • ‘The steeply pitched gable roof, shutters and horizontal siding are other details often found in farmhouses.’
    • ‘The roof is pitched, making the north windows tall and generous, as you'd want them to be in a studio, while the south windows are squeezed a bit to control light.’
    • ‘With its conventional pitched roof and timber siding, it mimics a warehouse.’
    • ‘Early in his career, he designed a building with a conventional pitched roof.’
    • ‘Double hardwood doors lead into the adjoining conservatory with its pitched roof and farmhouse floor tiles.’
    • ‘A pitched roof, combined with a number of windows, makes for an airy, spacious recreation area.’
    • ‘The gently pitched roof and wood joinery recall the Craftsman and Japanese influences that hold such significant places in Bay Area architecture.’
    • ‘The large hall will have a pitched natural slate roof incorporating wind-powered ventilation fans and skylights.’
    • ‘In addition to a concrete outhouse, there is also a large detached garage with pitched roof, electrical points and separate car access to the road.’
    1. 7.1no object Slope downwards.
      ‘the ravine pitches down to the creek’
      • ‘The stream pitches down over a solid rock about 40 feet.’
      • ‘The southeastern slope pitches down at an angle of 35° or 40°.’
      • ‘Its 17-foot ceiling pitches gently upward to the west, to let in additional light and capture all three views.’
      • ‘Usually the road pitched towards the centre, where a channel was sometimes constructed to facilitate the discharge of water.’
      • ‘The roof pitched down from the wall of the main house, too low to stand under at the far end.’
  • 8with object Pave (a road) with stones.

    ‘another sort of stone is used for pitching streets’
    • ‘Many old routes were pitched with stones in wet areas and areas subject to erosion.’
    • ‘I am yet to see signs that the road has been pitched.’
  • 9with object (in brewing) add yeast to (wort) to induce fermentation.

    • ‘After the precipitate produced during boiling has been removed, the hopped wort is cooled and pitched with yeast.’
    • ‘Once reconstituted into cream, the dried yeast is then pitched into the fermentation vessel.’
    • ‘The hot wort is then chilled, filtered, aerated and, finally, pitched with yeast.’
    • ‘The yeast is then pitched and immediately begins to quickly reproduce.’


  • make a pitch

    • Make a bid to obtain a contract or other business.

      ‘the company is making a pitch at a £200 million market’
      ‘a brilliant and handsome research student made a determined pitch for her’
      • ‘The group pondered making a pitch for the 2016 Games.’
      • ‘He made a pitch for Chile to become an overseas platform for microchip development and assembly.’
      • ‘Emboldened by their success, his clients immediately made a pitch for additional subsidies.’
      • ‘Sweeney is making a pitch for some of the contract work.’
      • ‘London Underground has been so overwhelmed by the response from technology companies it has extend the deadline for companies looking to make a pitch.’
      • ‘Are you making a pitch to direct the movie?’
      • ‘A slick suit at a table in the corner is earnestly making a pitch to his breakfast companion, who's clearly not buying what he's selling.’
      • ‘The government press secretary made a pitch for a £60,000 to £70,000 a year consultancy.’
      • ‘The recruiter didn't waste any time making a pitch to her, too.’
      • ‘They were about to make a pitch for a multi-million pound account.’
      try to obtain, try to acquire, try to get, bid for, make a bid for
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Phrasal Verbs

  • pitch someone/something against

    • Pit someone or something against.

      ‘the case has pitched brother against brother’
      • ‘A cup draw has pitched the clubs against each other for the first time in eight years and there are fears that the hooligans associated with each side could be organising major confrontations.’
      • ‘Between the tenth and the twelfth of February 1355 a riot occurred in Oxford, pitching the townspeople against scholars from the university.’
      • ‘The process of student budget allocation pitches students against students to bid for attention and support.’
      • ‘It was a real achievement winning the bronze medal, as the amateurs were pitched against the professionals.’
      • ‘The star awards give hospitals extra cash but they have been criticised by doctors and hospital management as pitching different trusts against each other.’
      • ‘Many staff were unhappy that the ballot papers asked binmen which union they were attached to, this being seen as an attempt to split the workforce by pitching unionists against non-union members.’
      • ‘I think for many fans, this is a dream prospect to see the legendary Championship 1983/84 side pitching their skills against the heroes of the 1993 Wembley play-off winning team.’
      • ‘It is important that we do everything to avoid a situation which pitches the school against local residents.’
      • ‘We got a very tough draw, pitching us against both West Germany and Austria.’
      • ‘The draw has also pitched England against joint favorites Argentina in its second game, with the possibility of facing holders France in the next round.’
  • pitch in

    • 1Vigorously join in to help with a task or activity.

      ‘we must all pitch in and do our part’
      • ‘The elders are expected to support themselves and, if needed, must also be able to pitch in with help, financial and physical.’
      • ‘Extension agents in the two counties even pitched in to help form the cooperative.’
      • ‘From the first time the kids came home, they started pitching in and helping around the house.’
      • ‘Zack helped Tom pack his gifts into a bag and everyone pitched in to clean up.’
      • ‘We pitch in with our rapid response teams, assisting in aid and rebuilding of their islands.’
      • ‘With soldiers from around the country pitching in to feed the exercise participants, Glover's team has come together and accomplished the mission.’
      • ‘The organization also pitched in by offering office space and technical assistance.’
      • ‘Her husband, son and son's girlfriend pitched in and voluntarily did many of the housekeeping tasks she could no longer do.’
      • ‘Although the task was somewhat arduous, everyone pitched in with good humor.’
      • ‘I woke reasonably early and pitched in to the task of cleaning up the old computer, and getting backups and transfer files ready for the new one.’
      • ‘There was a very nice turn out of people to help with the Cunnigar Clean Up last Saturday which took place under warm but cloudy skies, and it was lovely to see men women and children pitching in together to keep this special area litter free.’
      • ‘There, celebrities and regular volunteers are pitching in by hammering nails and building houses to help those along the Gulf Coast who have lost their homes.’
      • ‘Obviously you will be on call to the builder if he needs to ask any questions and can perform useful tasks from signing for orders to pitching in where necessary.’
      • ‘We now call upon our loyal readers to pitch in here and assist with the composing of this work.’
      help out, help, assist, lend a hand, join in, participate, play a part, contribute, do one's bit, chip in, cooperate, collaborate, put one's shoulder to the wheel
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      1. 1.1Join in a fight or dispute.
        ‘he pitched in with his usual aggressive style’
        • ‘We should pitch in to the fight rather than whinge.’
        • ‘They trying to influence the debate but there are so many other bodies pitching in with their own comments.’
        • ‘Damien pitched in angrily.’
  • pitch into

    • 1Vigorously tackle or begin to deal with.

      ‘I pitched into the chores with a light heart’
      • ‘He prepares to roll up his sleeves and pitch into the parochial difficulties that await him.’
      • ‘So I pitched into the morning house clean routine, left all neat, tidy and sparkling clean, and took myself and the little silver Ford off to Boston.’
      • ‘In spite of all my resolutions not to do so I pitched into a final code fix for my new web pages today.’
      1. 1.1Forcefully assault.
        ‘he pitched into the youths with such fury that they ran off’
        • ‘He pitched into her recklessly, upbraiding her now for her shiftlessness.’
        • ‘The governor was up for re-election and the opposition papers were pitching into him.’
        • ‘I despise him so I can't help pitching into him.’
        attack, turn on, lash out at, set upon, assault, fly at, lunge at, let fly at, tear into, weigh into, belabour
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  • pitch up

    • Turn up; arrive.

      ‘he eventually pitched up in Britain on a diplomatic passport’
      • ‘After a doctor could not be found, the nurse eventually pitched up with an oxygen mask.’
      • ‘An elderly man who pitched up in a hospital emergency room with complete amnesia agreed to undergo conscious sedation to try to retrieve his memory.’
      • ‘The circus has just pitched up on Blackheath.’
      • ‘An extra 19 million days a year are wiped out in lost productivity by staff pitching up for work worse for wear.’
      • ‘Apparently, they pitched up at the Embassy in London this morning and handed over a gold statuette.’
      • ‘They pitched up at the air station the night before main Christmas leave began, so many of the Naval Air Squadrons had already left.’
      • ‘He eventually pitched up at Sheffield Wednesday, leading the team to playoff glory in League One, and a deserved assault on this year's Championship.’
      • ‘Those who pitched up appear to have lost memory or simply run out of ideas.’
      • ‘By pitching up less than six months later engaged to a different woman, he was bound to have thrown his brother a little.’
      • ‘Last November she pitched up in York knowing nothing of the city except that Bettys' Tearooms was based here, and without a friend to her name.’
  • pitch something up (or pitch up)

    • Bowl a ball so that it bounces near the batsman.

      • ‘However, from his first over in Kingston he has troubled the West Indian batsman by pitching the ball up and inviting them to drive.’
      • ‘On the first day the bowlers pitched the ball up in search of movement that was not there and did not adjust their length quickly enough.’
      • ‘When the ball was pitched up, though, batting was a different and decidedly difficult proposition.’
      • ‘The next ball was pitched up and driven for four.’
      • ‘The Yorkshire fast bowler gave a superb exhibition of swing bowling, pitching the ball up and enabling it to move late.’


Middle English (as a verb in the senses ‘thrust (something pointed) into the ground’ and ‘fall headlong’): perhaps related to Old English picung ‘stigmata’, of unknown ultimate origin. The sense development is obscure.




Main definitions of pitch in English

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mass noun
  • 1A sticky resinous black or dark brown substance that is semi-liquid when hot and hardens when cold, obtained by distilling tar or turpentine and used for waterproofing.

    • ‘All his exports for which we still have record were cloth; he imported herring and dried fish, ashes, iron, lumber, oil, pitch and tar.’
    • ‘The space between each pair of deck planks in a wooden ship was filled with a packing material called ‘oakum’ and then sealed with a mixture of pitch and tar.’
    • ‘Yet no mention was made of the fact that before 1990, Alcoa used a much more dangerous form of coal tar pitch than the paste form now used.’
    • ‘There was a small boat, an improvised currach-type constructed from hessian stretched over a wooden frame and doused with pitch to make it waterproof.’
    • ‘The production of tar and pitch as well as potash and saltpeter is included in the category of proto-industry.’
    bitumen, asphalt, tar
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    1. 1.1 Any of various substances similar to pitch, such as asphalt or bitumen.
      • ‘Some bone would need to be cut before the pitch was applied.’
      • ‘The heat was so intense that the pitch that held the deck together melted.’
      bitumen, asphalt, tar
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[with object]archaic
  • Cover, coat, or smear with pitch.

    • ‘Near the bridge are several heaps of Babylonian pitch, to pitch ships.’
    • ‘He would pitch the seams so that they wouldn't leak.’
    • ‘The tar from these springs is used by fur traders and others in the country for pitching boats and canoes.’


Old English pic (noun), pician (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch pek and German Pech; based on Latin pix, pic-.