Main definitions of pitch in US English:

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noun

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

    ‘a car engine seems to change pitch downward as the vehicle passes you’
    • ‘Their tone of voice implies many qualities with wide varieties of pitches and tones.’
    • ‘The engine droned, its pitch climbing and dropping according to how hard the drag had to work smoothing the trail.’
    • ‘Now, in comes Tristan singing in a high, out of tune, girly pitch.’
    • ‘The apparatus could only send sounds of constant pitch such as those produced by a single musical note.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lao is a tonal language; therefore, the meaning of a word is determined by the tone or pitch at which it is spoken.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The less vibrating the vocal folds do, the lower pitch the voice has.’
    • ‘Starting on C major, they ascend in pitch utilizing the key signatures that employ no more than four sharps or fiats.’
    • ‘He started to talk in a voice that seemed to be constantly changing pitch and volume.’
    • ‘They have never heard sounds, so can't understand tones or pitches, or modulate their speech.’
    • ‘Her voice rose steadily in pitch as she withdrew further, back now against a wall.’
    • ‘The words of the sentence are overlaid with the rises and falls in pitch.’
    • ‘During speech, singing, or playing a wind instrument, the size of the aperture is narrowed and varied, to produce sounds of different pitch.’
    • ‘A deafening roar surrounded them, growing higher in pitch as the careening ship gathered speed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Language varies in terms of pitch, tonality, intonation, and pronunciation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They change pitch, alter tempo, or otherwise reshape and transform themselves to correspond to the surrounding sounds.’
    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
      • ‘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 some problems keeping pitch and the tone of her voice did not suit her role.’
      • ‘Scrupulous about vocal production, she maintains classical standards of pitch and articulation in pop renditions.’
      • ‘She had presence, faultless pitch and crystal clear tone.’
  • 2The steepness of a slope, especially of a roof.

    • ‘Barratts has introduced a shallower roof pitch to the design of the third block and plans to plant 107 new trees.’
    • ‘Upstairs, remodeling focused on increasing the angle of the roof's pitch.’
    • ‘He also varies roof pitch according to a region's latitude and climate.’
    • ‘Its variations in height, pitch, and transparency make the roofline a canopy that casts a dappled light on the forest floor.’
    • ‘With headroom no longer an issue, they lowered the roof pitch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you crest a hill, maintain or increase your intensity as the pitch flattens out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While bed and bathrooms are private, enclosed volumes, living and dining rooms have been opened up to the full extent of the roof pitch.’
    • ‘The house's low roof pitch and deep overhangs shield it from the fierce elements of salt, rain, and wind.’
    • ‘It is a really high roof with an extreme pitch with slippery shingles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘revision: also as modifier’
    • ‘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.’
    steepness, angle, gradient, slope, slant, tilt, incline, cant, rake, dip, inclination
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    1. 2.1Climbing 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’.’
      • ‘It was around midnight and I'd only completed four pitches since daybreak.’
      • ‘We spent all day learning the basics, but it was still so much fun climbing those tree-filled pitches.’
      • ‘Tom climbed the last pitch, set up his belay and greeted each of us with a triumphal smile as we rounded the summit.’
      • ‘She completed a one hundred mile run and climbed a five pitch route in the middle.’
    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 The level of intensity of something.

    ‘he brought the machine to a high pitch of development’
    • ‘Feuding reaches a new pitch as the chief executive tries to float the bank.’
    • ‘And when Ronaldo drove home, not once, but twice, the excitement reached a feverish pitch.’
    • ‘As it dawns, the activities reach a feverish pitch.’
    • ‘Schoolchildren blocked two bridges in the centre of York today as protests reached a new pitch.’
    • ‘The changeover comes at a crucial time, as the drama surrounding accession negotiations reaches a new pitch.’
    • ‘Competitive pressure, already at a high pitch, intensified.’
    • ‘It has grown to such a level and such a pitch that I'm sure it's a cause of many people's disquiet.’
    • ‘It has intensified to a higher pitch again recently.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 clamour reached a feverish pitch as winners too joined the chorus of the losers in protesting against the decisions.’
    • ‘But now, with the Public Sphere growing increasingly irrelevant, it is reaching a critical pitch.’
    • ‘On the eve of the Second World War, harsh criticism of the West reached a high pitch.’
    • ‘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.’
    level, intensity, point, degree, height, extent
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    1. 3.1a pitch of A very high degree of.
      ‘rousing herself to a pitch of indignation’
      • ‘Ballet reached a pitch of popularity during the first half of the 19th century.’
      • ‘Politics in France in the 1930s had reached a pitch of violence that had something of the atmosphere of a civil war.’
      • ‘He begins slowly, building to a pitch of excitement, like a preacher.’
      • ‘They are working at a pitch of concentration.’
      • ‘The show maintained a pitch of incredible intensity from the opening number.’
  • 4British A playing field.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes five wild pitches in one inning aren't enough to keep a team from a win.’
    • ‘Of course, different pitches arrive at wildly different speeds and spins.’
    • ‘He was determined to go after hitters rather than trying to make the perfect pitch.’
    throw, cast, fling, hurl, toss, delivery, lob
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    1. 5.1Golf A high approach shot on to the green.
      • ‘There is no easier pitch shot than the one from halfway up the bank.’
      • ‘He smashed the ball up short of the green, his pitch ran 15 feet past and he missed the putt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of the most difficult shots in golf are pitches from 40 to 80 yards - ones that require less than a full swing.’
    2. 5.2American Football
      short for pitchout (sense 2)
  • 6A form of words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something.

    ‘a good sales pitch’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lee was sacked after his cold-calling sales pitches fell flat on their face.’
    • ‘I just can't believe that such shallow, flashy pitches would entice anyone to buy anything - but obviously they work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People were crowding into rooms to listen to the pitches of the consolidators.’
    • ‘Half a dozen sales pitches are underway at any one time.’
    • ‘A consultant can make the pitch that he offers greater expertise and experience for less money.’
    • ‘He is literally on the edge of his seat, silently reciting her pitch, word for word, right along with her.’
    • ‘In his podium pitch, Isherwood refers to his ‘passion’ for customer service.’
    • ‘His pitch has been to the point and straight to the heart.’
    • ‘He hears countless movie pitches, and is responsible for filtering out the twelve movie ideas that his studio will turn into features every year.’
    • ‘The promise to stop land-clearing in the next three years is a direct pitch for the environment vote.’
    • ‘Remember how I was talking about clever marketing 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.’
    • ‘You almost can't turn on the radio anymore without hearing a pitch from DirectTV.’
    • ‘One can only assume that these are the pitches that guarantee sales.’
    • ‘The sales pitch was very convincing.’
    patter, talk
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  • 7A swaying or oscillation of a ship, aircraft, or vehicle around a horizontal axis perpendicular to the direction of motion.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The system is complemented by a set of midship stabilising fins and stern stabilising flaps to control 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.’
    • ‘His inputs to control pitch during the oscillations were ineffective.’
    • ‘In reality, we control airspeed and altitude with the coordinated use of both pitch and power.’
    • ‘We were experiencing some pitch and roll but nothing out of the ordinary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are very stable, slow to takeoff and land and very responsive in pitch and roll.’
    lurch, pitching, lurching, roll, rolling, plunging, reeling, swaying, rocking, list, wallowing, labouring
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  • 8technical The distance between successive corresponding points or lines, e.g., between the teeth of a cogwheel.

    • ‘One of the belt's major design improvements is the pitch, or the distance between belt teeth.’
    • ‘The keys are manufactured with 4 accurately positioned perforations corresponding to the pitch of the cogwheel.’
    1. 8.1 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.
      • ‘As a grader, you control the blade depth with auxiliary hydraulics and the blade pitch using the attachment hydraulic.’
      • ‘Furthermore, a new series of carbon-reinforced blades with a modified pitch angle further increases power production.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This makes blade pitch adjustments easier by eliminating the need for special tools.’
    2. 8.2 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.’

verb

  • 1Baseball
    with object Throw (the ball) for the batter to try to hit.

    • ‘He threw the ball back to her and she gave the batter a whole two seconds before pitching the same ball.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just as Billy pitched the ball, I made eye contact with him.’
    • ‘She pitched the ball and he swung and hit it, getting himself a single.’
    1. 1.1no object Be a pitcher.
      ‘she pitched in a minor-league game’
      with object ‘he pitched the entire game’
      • ‘He pitched to three more batters before collapsing on the mound.’
      • ‘He's durable and dependable and gives his teammates confidence when he pitches.’
      • ‘He converted 19 of his first 20 chances despite pitching with a sore elbow.’
      • ‘The best pitchers made more starts, pitched more innings and piled up more wins.’
      • ‘He's pitching as well as any young starter in the American League this season.’
    2. 1.2Golf Hit (the ball) onto the green with a pitch shot.
      • ‘He pitched onto the green, where an evil eight-footer awaited him.’
      • ‘‘It puts them into a real situation because once they've pitched on to the green they have to hole out,’ he said.’
      • ‘The round went a little quiet then and he bogeyed the 17th after pitching way over the green.’
      • ‘He pitched back onto the green some 30 feet away, and then almost putted it off the green before gunning it long again.’
      • ‘Once you become proficient at pitching the ball, you'll want to convert more putts for par - and cut down on three-putts.’
    3. 1.3Golf no object (of the ball) strike the ground in a particular spot.
      • ‘It is possible to plot where the ball pitched, and where the batsman's shot went, allowing all those graphs to be drawn.’
      • ‘The ball pitched 15 feet from the hole, bounced three times and dropped in.’
      • ‘Replays showed that the ball had pitched outside leg stump, but it was too late for recriminations.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2with object Throw or fling roughly or casually.

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

    ‘you've pitched the melody very high’
    • ‘Was it just me or was he pitching his voice rather high?’
    • ‘In fact, it's only when I ask for another coffee that he complains, his voice pitched somewhere between disgust and incomprehension.’
    • ‘Then he mocks me with his voice, by pitching it about ten times higher than usual.’
    • ‘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 voice was pitched low, so that only Doyle and I heard him.’
    • ‘To speed up a Border Collie, pitch the voice high and quick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pitched her voice here to sound slightly exasperated, slightly weary - not angry.’
    • ‘He called back, pitching his voice like a girl's.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was it his imagination, or was she pitching her voice lower than usual?’
    • ‘The music has been pitched at a level shown to be comfortable for bovine auditory systems.’
    • ‘And so when I began to pitch my voice in a loud tone, something had happened to me psychologically.’
    • ‘I pitched my voice lower, but I was trailing far enough behind the group that they probably wouldn't hear me anyway.’
    • ‘Some of her notes were almost a wail, others were pitched so high as to shake the chandelier.’
    1. 3.1 Express at a particular level of difficulty.
      ‘he should pitch his talk at a suitable level for the age group’
    2. 3.2 Aim (a product) at a particular section of the market.
      ‘the machine is being pitched at banks’
  • 4no object Make a bid to obtain a contract or other business.

    ‘they were pitching for an account’
    • ‘It is currently pitching for a Government grant to create its own 40-seater cabaret-style cinema in a barn at Oxen Park.’
    • ‘The advertising account for Dublin Bus is out to tender, and it is believed over 20 agencies are pitching for it.’
    • ‘Some companies are actively pitching for business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have gone out aggressively pitching for new business.’
    • ‘You're pitching for business abroad and attending offshore meetings on a more regular basis.’
    • ‘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 used the opportunity to pitch for business contracts.’
    • ‘The company is also pitching for government business in the Republic after entering a partnership with Version 1 software in Dublin.’
    • ‘‘We are pitching for new clients every week, and expanding our mid-cap company sector,’ he said.’
    • ‘Hence, my advice is to concentrate on regional conferences and activities rather than pitching for events with national/international audiences.’
    • ‘He is the country's number one salesman in pitching for more trade and investment with the U.S.’
    • ‘The event will allow biotech firms to pitch for investment in front of dozens of venture capitalists and banks.’
    • ‘It already runs West Coast routes and is pitching for the East Coast.’
    • ‘Stafford was one of 21 entrepreneurs pitching for funding at the First Tuesday event in Dublin last week.’
    • ‘Now the five are pitching for the 2001 Evening Press New Business of the Year category and have hopes of winning the overall title.’
    • ‘Online advertising firms are likely to be added to the list of media pitching for lucrative public information contracts under the new government.’
  • 5with object Set up and fix in a definite position.

    ‘we pitched camp for the night’
    • ‘Perhaps they'll end up pitching their tents somewhere on Romney Marsh.’
    • ‘The weather was still cold, so they had to pitch tents right away.’
    • ‘A group of French rescuers arrive and pitch their tents under a huge Tricolor.’
    • ‘Nine of us will be pitching camp in a field with thousands of other people.’
    • ‘Many of the early comers had their own small tents and pitched them up on Calvary Hill.’
    • ‘With temperatures plummeting, the council ordered winter camps to be pitched.’
    • ‘Saturday night saw the Raise The Roof benefit pitch its tent at the Rosemount Hotel.’
    • ‘An acceptable site was eventually arrived at and we pitched camp.’
    • ‘The lightweight goat hair tents of the nomadic Bedouin, for instance, can be pitched under a tree for shade, or to catch prevailing breezes.’
    • ‘We had pitched camp at dusk.’
    • ‘Why not just take a light tarp for a ground sheet and pitch it as a roof if it does rain?’
    put up, set up, erect, raise, position, fix in position, place, locate
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  • 6no object (of a moving ship, aircraft, or vehicle) rock or oscillate around a lateral axis, so that the front and back move up and down.

    ‘the little steamer pressed on, pitching gently’
    • ‘The boat pitched as it mounted a particularly high wave.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the sea washed the heads clean as the ship pitched, the heads still needed a regular scrub-down with a broom.’
    • ‘The boat pitched backward and then dangerously to one side, while the water gushed in from every direction.’
    • ‘Her bow wave sends the little boat pitching like a bronco.’
    • ‘When we move into exposed water, we pitch and yaw in a two-and-a-half-metre swell.’
    • ‘The ship appeared to pitch and roll at an incredible rate as I fought to align the aircraft over the tiny flight deck.’
    • ‘As a seasoned skipper, you know that a boat can pitch suddenly when it goes through a wake.’
    • ‘We could feel the landing-gear struts compress as the ship hit some heavy swells and pitched wildly.’
    • ‘Suddenly the ship pitched and the water washed over the ship's high railing.’
    • ‘The storm raged all day - the ship pitching and rolling heavily.’
    • ‘Swaying in the wind, they're concerned about the timing in getting on deck, with the ship pitching hard up and down.’
    • ‘Soon, the big dive boat was pitching and rolling.’
    • ‘Then we hit some turbulence, and both aircraft pitched and rolled a little bit.’
    • ‘The aircraft was pitching with turbulence and I was lurching about, bracing myself against the walls.’
    • ‘Jenni rolled her eyes and reached for her coffee as it slid across the table as the ferry pitched yet again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took position on her right side to support should the ship suddenly pitch or roll with the waves.’
    • ‘The boat was rocking and pitching wildly.’
    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 jogging motion.
      ‘a jeep came pitching down the hill’
      • ‘The truck accelerated as it pitched down the hill.’
      • ‘The car pitched and dodged through the turns.’
      • ‘The truck pitched through the snow as we made our way to the Refuge.’
  • 7with object Cause (a roof) to slope downward from the ridge.

    ‘the roof was pitched at an angle of 75 degrees’
    ‘a pitched roof’
    • ‘With its conventional pitched roof and timber siding, it mimics a warehouse.’
    • ‘Planning permission exists to place a pitched roof over the extension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The building is mainly open plan beneath a pitched roof.’
    • ‘Metal can be used on pitched or low-sloped roofs, incorporated in different design elements and bought in almost any color.’
    • ‘The large hall will have a pitched natural slate roof incorporating wind-powered ventilation fans and skylights.’
    • ‘Are pitched roofs really the most efficient use of materials?’
    • ‘A pitched roof, combined with a number of windows, makes for an airy, spacious recreation area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its features include floors raised off the ground and steeply pitched roofs with deep overhanging eaves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The steeply pitched gable roof, shutters and horizontal siding are other details often found in farmhouses.’
    • ‘Seen from a distance across the fields and fruit trees, its pitched roofs and white walls harmonize with the traditional rural buildings.’
    • ‘The gently pitched roof and wood joinery recall the Craftsman and Japanese influences that hold such significant places in Bay Area architecture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It had massive cornices and a heavy pitched slate roof.’
    • ‘Early in his career, he designed a building with a conventional pitched roof.’
    • ‘The sod roof is pitched to match the angle of the adjacent weathered trees to further blend it with the dominant land form.’
    • ‘Double hardwood doors lead into the adjoining conservatory with its pitched roof and farmhouse floor tiles.’
    1. 7.1no object Slope downward.
      ‘the ravine pitches down to the creek’
      • ‘Its 17-foot ceiling pitches gently upward to the west, to let in additional light and capture all three views.’
      • ‘The stream pitches down over a solid rock about 40 feet.’
      • ‘The roof pitched down from the wall of the main house, too low to stand under at the far end.’
      • ‘Usually the road pitched towards the centre, where a channel was sometimes constructed to facilitate the discharge of water.’
      • ‘The southeastern slope pitches down at an angle of 35° or 40°.’

Phrases

  • make a pitch

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

      • ‘Are you making a pitch to direct the movie?’
      • ‘The recruiter didn't waste any time making a pitch to her, too.’
      • ‘The group pondered making a pitch for the 2016 Games.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘London Underground has been so overwhelmed by the response from technology companies it has extend the deadline for companies looking to make a pitch.’
      • ‘He made a pitch for Chile to become an overseas platform for microchip development and assembly.’
      • ‘The government press secretary made a pitch for a £60,000 to £70,000 a year consultancy.’
      • ‘Sweeney is making a pitch for some of the contract work.’
      • ‘Emboldened by their success, his clients immediately made a pitch for additional subsidies.’
      • ‘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 in

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although the task was somewhat arduous, everyone pitched in with good humor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Zack helped Tom pack his gifts into a bag and everyone pitched in to clean up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We now call upon our loyal readers to pitch in here and assist with the composing of this work.’
      • ‘Her husband, son and son's girlfriend pitched in and voluntarily did many of the housekeeping tasks she could no longer do.’
      • ‘From the first time the kids came home, they started pitching in and helping around the house.’
      • ‘We pitch in with our rapid response teams, assisting in aid and rebuilding of their islands.’
      • ‘The organization also pitched in by offering office space and technical assistance.’
      • ‘Extension agents in the two counties even pitched in to help form the cooperative.’
      • ‘With soldiers from around the country pitching in to feed the exercise participants, Glover's team has come together and accomplished the mission.’
      • ‘The elders are expected to support themselves and, if needed, must also be able to pitch in with help, financial and physical.’
      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.
        • ‘They trying to influence the debate but there are so many other bodies pitching in with their own comments.’
        • ‘We should pitch in to the fight rather than whinge.’
        • ‘Damien pitched in angrily.’
  • pitch into

    • 1Vigorously tackle or begin to deal with.

      • ‘He prepares to roll up his sleeves and pitch into the parochial difficulties that await him.’
      • ‘In spite of all my resolutions not to do so I pitched into a final code fix for my new web pages today.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Forcefully assault.
        • ‘The governor was up for re-election and the opposition papers were pitching into him.’
        • ‘He pitched into her recklessly, upbraiding her now for her shiftlessness.’
        • ‘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 out

    • Throw a pitchout.

      • ‘On three occasions, he was thrown out because opponents pitched out and guessed right.’
      • ‘The Rangers pitched out to Palmeiro, who had no chance to bunt, and tagged out Garret Anderson in a rundown.’
      • ‘They slide-step to the plate, throw to first base more often and pitch out frequently.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

pitch

/pɪtʃ//piCH/

Main definitions of pitch in US English:

: pitch1pitch2

pitch2

noun

  • 1A sticky resinous black or dark brown substance that is semiliquid when hot, hard when cold. It is obtained by distilling tar or petroleum and is used for waterproofing.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘The heat was so intense that the pitch that held the deck together melted.’
      • ‘Some bone would need to be cut before the pitch was applied.’
      bitumen, asphalt, tar
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verb

[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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

pitch

/pɪtʃ//piCH/