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pitch1 British & World English

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

pitch2 British & World English

A 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

pitch1 English Thesaurus

the umpires declared the pitch unfit for first-class cricket

pitch2 English Thesaurus

the cement is coated with pitch

pitch-cap1 British & World English

A cap lined with hot pitch, especially one used as an instrument of torture by the military during the Irish rebellion of 1798.

pitch-cap2 British & World English

To torture (a person) with a pitch-cap.

pitch fir British & World English

Any of several coniferous trees which yield resin, including the Norway spruce, Picea abies, the silver fir, Abies alba, and the Siberian fir, A. sibirica.

pitch-oil British & World English

Turpentine (rare).

off-pitch British & World English

Not of the correct pitch

pitch in British & World English

Vigorously join in to help with a task or activity

pitch angle British & World English

The angle of inclination from the horizontal or vertical, or with respect to some reference plane; the angle relating or corresponding to the pitch (in various contexts).

pitch-back British & World English

Designating a type of waterwheel in which the incoming supply of water falls on to the paddles or buckets of the wheel from above the axle and on the nearer side, causing it to rotate in the opposite direction to that of the incoming flow.

pitch block British & World English

In metalworking: a block with a slightly yielding surface made from a mixture including pitch, on which metal objects are placed during engraving or embossing.

pitch-board British & World English

A thin triangular wooden board used as a guide in stair-building.

pitch-brown British & World English

Of the colour of dark brown pitch.

pitch chain British & World English

A chain whose links engage with teeth or sprockets on a wheel, the motion of which drives or is driven by that of the chain.

pitch coal British & World English

A dense black variety of lignite with a conchoidal fracture.

pitch count British & World English

A running count of the number of pitches made by a pitcher in a game; the number of pitches so made; (also) a limit set by a coach on the number of pitches that a pitcher should make in a game before being substituted.

pitch fibre British & World English

A black waterproof material, consisting of compressed cellulose or asbestos fibre impregnated under vacuum with pitch, and used for making pipes.

pitch-hole British & World English

An opening in the wall of a barn, etc., through which corn or hay is pitched. Now rare.

pitch knot British & World English

The pitchy knot of a pine or other tree, usually burned as a fuel or to provide light.

pitch-like British & World English

Resembling or characteristic of pitch; dark and viscous.

pitch line British & World English

An imaginary line (often a circle) passing through the teeth of one cogwheel, pinion, rack, etc., so as to touch the corresponding line in another, without sliding, when the two components are geared together.

pitch mark British & World English

A mark or hole on the course where a divot has been cut away.

pitch meter British & World English

A device in an aeroplane for detecting or measuring pitching.

pitch note British & World English

A note determining the key of a tune, the tuning of an instrument, etc.

pitch opal British & World English

A yellow to brown variety of common opal with a pitchy lustre.

pitch-penny British & World English

A game similar to pitch-and-toss, in which coins are pitched at a mark.

pitch point British & World English

The point of contact of the pitch lines of two cogwheels, gears, etc., which engage with each other.

pitch tree British & World English

A spruce tree (genus Picea).

pitch wine British & World English

Wine having a resinous flavour.

rock pitch British & World English

An expanse of rock between belay points.

white pitch British & World English

Pitch that is pale (often pale yellow) in colour, specifically that obtained from the Norway spruce, Picea abies.

fever pitch British & World English

A state of extreme excitement

pitch into British & World English

Vigorously tackle or begin to deal with

pitch bend British & World English

A facility in a synthesizer that enables the player to change the pitch of the note played by a small amount

pitch pine British & World English

A pine tree with hard, heavy, resinous timber that is used in building, especially the longleaf pine of North America

pitch pipe British & World English

A small pipe blown to set the pitch for singing or tuning an instrument

wild pitch British & World English

A pitch which is not hit by the batter and cannot be stopped by the catcher, enabling a base runner to advance

pitch-black English Thesaurus

the sky was pitch-black

chamber pitch British & World English

A standard of pitch formerly in widespread use, especially in performing chamber music.

French pitch British & World English

A standard of pitch used in or associated with France; specifically a pitch where A (a') is tuned to 435 cycles per second.

pitch battle British & World English

A military encounter fought at a predetermined time and place (as opposed to a skirmish or casual encounter); a pitched battle.

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