There are 2 definitions of pitch in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪtʃ
 
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noun

1 [mass 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
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  • She re-taught herself to feel the vibration of the sounds, registering pitch and tone through the buzz of her body, often playing barefoot.
  • They have never heard sounds, so can't understand tones or pitches, or modulate their speech.
  • Lao is a tonal language; therefore, the meaning of a word is determined by the tone or pitch at which it is spoken.
Synonyms
tone, timbre, sound, key, tonality, modulation, frequency
1.1A standard degree of highness or lowness used in performance: the guitars were strung and tuned to pitch See also concert pitch.
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  • Scrupulous about vocal production, she maintains classical standards of pitch and articulation in pop renditions.
  • She had some problems keeping pitch and the tone of her voice did not suit her role.
  • She had presence, faultless pitch and crystal clear tone.
2 [mass noun] The steepness of a slope, especially of a roof.
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  • Keeping a steep roof pitch and adding dormers to the new second story are good options.
  • He also varies roof pitch according to a region's latitude and climate.
  • While bed and bathrooms are private, enclosed volumes, living and dining rooms have been opened up to the full extent of the roof pitch.
Synonyms
2.1 [count noun] Climbing A section of a climb, especially a steep one.
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  • 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.
  • Once you are caught on a course with a steep pitch, protruding roots and boulders, you will experience ‘complete fear’.
2.2The height to which a hawk soars before swooping on its prey.
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  • The bird was at a pitch of about 300ft.
  • I have seen falcons kill partridges from low pitches.
  • He was climbing to his pitch at a distance.
3 [in 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
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  • It has intensified to a higher pitch again recently.
  • But now, with the Public Sphere growing increasingly irrelevant, it is reaching a critical 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.
Synonyms
level, intensity, point, degree, height, extent
4British An area of ground marked out or used for play in an outdoor team game: a football pitch
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  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
playing field, field, ground, sports field; stadium, arena; Britishclose, park
4.1 Cricket The strip of ground between the two sets of stumps: both batsmen were stranded in the middle of the pitch
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  • Before he began hitting sixes he adjusted the bails of the stumps and analysed the pitch.
  • The English camp was unhappy with the condition of the pitch at Melbourne for the Second Test match.
  • The way to take wickets on these pitches is to force batsmen to make mistakes, and the South Africans did that.
5 Baseball A delivery of the ball by the pitcher.
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  • Sometimes five wild pitches in one inning aren't enough to keep a team from a win.
  • He was determined to go after hitters rather than trying to make the perfect pitch.
  • He has been criticized for using one pitch too often or failing to set up hitters.
Synonyms
throw, cast, fling, hurl, toss, delivery, lob
informal chuck, heave
5.1 (also pitch of the ball) Cricket The spot where the ball bounces when bowled.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teased outside his off-stump, for once his lack of footwork towards the pitch of the ball betrayed him.
5.2 (also pitch shot) Golf A high approach shot on to the green.
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  • 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.
  • On 14, Mark hit a lovely pitch just past the flag that skidded over the green.
6A form of words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something: he put over a very strong sales pitch
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  • Half a dozen sales pitches are underway at any one time.
  • The sales pitch was very convincing.
  • They were criticised by analysts and fund managers for not making a stronger pitch for the US company.
Synonyms
patter, talk
informal spiel, line
7British A place where a street vendor or performer stations themselves or sets up a stall: the traders had already reserved their pitches
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  • 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.
  • Those wishing to book stalls or car boot pitches should contact Kate by phone.
Synonyms
site, place, spot, station; Scottishstance
British informal patch
8 [mass 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
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  • They have long been known for their function as flight stabilizers, like gyroscopes on airplanes that prevent excessive roll, pitch or yaw.
  • 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.
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9 [mass noun] technical The distance between successive corresponding points or lines, for example between the teeth of a cogwheel.
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  • 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.
9.1A 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.
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  • As a grader, you control the blade depth with auxiliary hydraulics and the blade pitch using the attachment hydraulic.
  • 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.
9.2The density of typed or printed characters on a line, typically expressed as numbers of characters per inch.
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  • 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

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1 [with object and adverbial] Set (one’s voice or a piece of music) at a particular pitch: you’ve pitched the melody very high
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  • 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.
  • Was it just me or was he pitching his voice rather high?
1.1Set or aim at a particular level, target, or audience: he should pitch his talk at a suitable level for the age group
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  • It just happens to be pitched too high over the heads of its target audience.
  • 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.
  • They knew at what level the questions would be pitched.
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Throw roughly or casually: he crumpled the page up and pitched it into the fireplace
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  • Their riders were pitched onto the road and then ploughed under the hooves of the other six steeds.
  • As if in slow motion, the horse stumbled, rolling his front legs and pitching his rider over his head.
  • She was suddenly pitched to the floor.
Synonyms
throw, toss, fling, hurl, cast, lob, launch, flip, shy, dash, aim, direct, propel, bowl
informal chuck, sling, heave, buzz, whang, bung
North American informal peg
Australian informal hoy
New Zealand informal bish
2.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Fall heavily, especially headlong: she pitched forward into blackness
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  • The big ex-con pitches forward and falls behind the counter.
  • I pitched forward and toppled over the rail.
  • As she pitched forward, about to fall, someone caught her by her upper arms.
Synonyms
fall, fall headlong, tumble, topple, plunge, plummet, dive, take a nosedive, nosedive
3 [with object] Baseball Throw (the ball) for the batter to try to hit.
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  • 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.
  • Just as Billy pitched the ball, I made eye contact with him.
3.1 Cricket (Of a bowler) cause (the ball) to strike the ground at a particular point: all too often you pitch the ball short
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  • The next ball was pitched up and driven for four.
  • 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.
3.2 Golf Hit (the ball) on to the green with a pitch shot.
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  • Once you become proficient at pitching the ball, you'll want to convert more putts for par - and cut down on three-putts.
  • He pitched onto the green, where an evil eight-footer awaited him.
  • He pitched back onto the green some 30 feet away, and then almost putted it off the green before gunning it long again.
3.3 [no object] Cricket & Golf (Of the ball) strike the ground in a particular spot: the ball pitched, began to spin back, and rolled towards the hole
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  • 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.
  • It is possible to plot where the ball pitched, and where the batsman's shot went, allowing all those graphs to be drawn.
4 [no object] Make a bid to obtain a contract or other business: I’ve been pitching for this account for over a month
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  • Some companies are actively pitching for business.
  • We have gone out aggressively pitching for new business.
  • You're pitching for business abroad and attending offshore meetings on a more regular basis.
4.1 [with object] Try to persuade someone to buy or accept (something): they pitched the story to various magazines and newspapers
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  • The corporation is understood to have asked a number of independent production companies to pitch their ideas for the show.
  • She is pitching a TV show idea today at 5.30 pm.
  • She was interested in education-related stories and pitched some ideas to her boss.
5 [with object] Set up and fix in position: we pitched camp for the night
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  • 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.
  • Perhaps they'll end up pitching their tents somewhere on Romney Marsh.
Synonyms
put up, set up, erect, raise, position, fix in position, place, locate; set up camp
5.1 Cricket Fix (the stumps) in the ground and place the bails in preparation for play: the stumps were pitched at 12 o’clock
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  • The stumps were pitched about half-past eleven, when the County commenced their first innings.
  • The stumps were pitched, the look-outs appointed, and the Captain gratified by the first innings.
  • Marching over the sands, they pitched stumps and Oliver triumphantly hit the ball into the sea.
6 [no 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
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  • Swaying in the wind, they're concerned about the timing in getting on deck, with the ship pitching hard up and down.
  • Although the sea washed the heads clean as the ship pitched, the heads still needed a regular scrub-down with a broom.
  • Then we hit some turbulence, and both aircraft pitched and rolled a little bit.
Synonyms
lurch, toss (about), plunge, roll, reel, sway, rock, flounder, keel, list, wallow, labour; Nauticalpitchpole
6.1(Of a vehicle) move with a vigorous jolting motion: a Land Rover came pitching round the hillside
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  • The car pitched and dodged through the turns.
  • The truck accelerated as it pitched down the hill.
  • The truck pitched through the snow as we made our way to the Refuge.
7 [with object] Cause (a roof) to slope downwards from the ridge: the roof was pitched at an angle of 75 degrees
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  • The sod roof is pitched to match the angle of the adjacent weathered trees to further blend it with the dominant land form.
  • 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 gently pitched roof and wood joinery recall the Craftsman and Japanese influences that hold such significant places in Bay Area architecture.
7.1 [no object] Slope downwards: the ravine pitches down to the creek
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  • Its 17-foot ceiling pitches gently upward to the west, to let in additional light and capture all three views.
  • The roof pitched down from the wall of the main house, too low to stand under at the far end.
  • The stream pitches down over a solid rock about 40 feet.
8 [with object] Pave (a road) with stones: another sort of stone is used for pitching streets
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  • I am yet to see signs that the road has been pitched.
  • Many old routes were pitched with stones in wet areas and areas subject to erosion.
9 [with object] (In brewing) add yeast to (wort) to induce fermentation.
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  • The hot wort is then chilled, filtered, aerated and, finally, pitched with yeast.
  • After the precipitate produced during boiling has been removed, the hopped wort is cooled and pitched with yeast.
  • The yeast is then pitched and immediately begins to quickly reproduce.

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.

Phrases

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
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  • The group pondered making a pitch for the 2016 Games.
  • Sweeney is making a pitch for some of the contract work.
  • They were about to make a pitch for a multi-million pound account.
Synonyms
try to obtain, try to acquire, try to get, bid for, make a bid for

Phrasal verbs

pitch someone/thing against

informal Pit someone or something against: the case has pitched brother against brother
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  • 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.
  • The star awards give hospitals extra cash but they have been criticised by doctors and hospital management as pitching different trusts against each other.
  • It is important that we do everything to avoid a situation which pitches the school against local residents.

pitch in

informal
Vigorously join in to help with a task or activity: we must all pitch in and do our part
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  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
Join in a fight or dispute: he pitched in with his usual aggressive style
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  • 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

informal
Vigorously tackle or begin to deal with: I pitched into the chores with a light heart
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  • 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.
  • He prepares to roll up his sleeves and pitch into the parochial difficulties that await him.
Forcefully assault: he pitched into the youths with such fury that they ran off
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  • 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.
  • He pitched into her recklessly, upbraiding her now for her shiftlessness.
Synonyms
attack, turn on, lash out at, set upon, assault, fly at, lunge at, let fly at, tear into, weigh into, belabour
North American informal light into

pitch up

informal Turn up; arrive: he eventually pitched up in Britain on a diplomatic passport
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  • 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.
  • After a doctor could not be found, the nurse eventually pitched up with an oxygen mask.
  • Those who pitched up appear to have lost memory or simply run out of ideas.

pitch something up (or pitch up)

Cricket Bowl a ball so that it bounces near the batsman.
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  • However, from his first over in Kingston he has troubled the West Indian batsman by pitching the ball up and inviting them to drive.
  • The Yorkshire fast bowler gave a superb exhibition of swing bowling, pitching the ball up and enabling it to move late.
  • When the ball was pitched up, though, batting was a different and decidedly difficult proposition.

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There are 2 definitions of pitch in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪtʃ
 
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noun

[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.
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  • 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.
  • All his exports for which we still have record were cloth; he imported herring and dried fish, ashes, iron, lumber, oil, pitch and tar.
1.1Any of various substances similar to pitch, such as asphalt or bitumen.
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  • 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.

verb

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Cover, coat, or smear with pitch.
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  • 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.
  • Near the bridge are several heaps of Babylonian pitch, to pitch ships.

Origin

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

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