pitch

Definitions

  • Cellarer Coating a Jar With Pitch
    Cellarer Coating a Jar With Pitch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pitch set the level or character of "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
    • v pitch set to a certain pitch "He pitched his voice very low"
    • v pitch lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
    • v pitch hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
    • v pitch throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball "The pitcher delivered the ball"
    • v pitch throw or toss with a light motion "flip me the beachball","toss me newspaper"
    • v pitch erect and fasten "pitch a tent"
    • v pitch move abruptly "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
    • v pitch heel over "The tower is tilting","The ceiling is slanting"
    • v pitch fall or plunge forward "She pitched over the railing of the balcony"
    • v pitch be at an angle "The terrain sloped down"
    • v pitch sell or offer for sale from place to place
    • n pitch the action or manner of throwing something "his pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor"
    • n pitch (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
    • n pitch abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance) "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
    • n pitch an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
    • n pitch a high approach shot in golf
    • n pitch the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
    • n pitch degree of deviation from a horizontal plane "the roof had a steep pitch"
    • n pitch promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
    • n pitch a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk) "he was employed to see that his paper's news pitches were not trespassed upon by rival vendors"
    • n pitch any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
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Additional illustrations & photos:

LIII. MASHIE APPROACH (PITCH AND RUN). STANCE LIII. MASHIE APPROACH (PITCH AND RUN). STANCE
LIV. MASHIE APPROACH (PITCH AND RUN). TOP OF THE SWING LIV. MASHIE APPROACH (PITCH AND RUN). TOP OF THE SWING
LV. MASHIE APPROACH (PITCH AND RUN). FINISH LV. MASHIE APPROACH (PITCH AND RUN). FINISH
WILL REMOVE TAR, PITCH, PAINT, OIL OR VARNISH FROM YOUR CLOTHING WILL REMOVE TAR, PITCH, PAINT, OIL OR VARNISH FROM YOUR CLOTHING
If a man touches pitch If a man touches pitch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series
    • Pitch A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
    • Pitch A point or peak; the extreme point or degree of elevation or depression; hence, a limit or bound. "Driven headlong from the pitch of heaven, down
      Into this deep."
      "Enterprises of great pitch and moment.""To lowest pitch of abject fortune.""He lived when learning was at its highest pitch .""The exact pitch , or limits, where temperance ends."
    • Pitch A thick, black, lustrous, and sticky substance obtained by boiling down tar. It is used in calking the seams of ships; also in coating rope, canvas, wood, ironwork, etc., to preserve them. "He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith."
    • Pitch A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand; as, a good pitch in quoits.
    • Pitch Fig.: To darken; to blacken; to obscure. "The welkin pitched with sullen could."
    • Pitch Height; stature.
    • Pitch (Geol) See Pitchstone.
    • Pitch (Cricket) That point of the ground on which the ball pitches or lights when bowled.
    • Pitch (Elec) The distance between symmetrically arranged or corresponding parts of an armature, measured along a line, called the pitch line, drawn around its length. Sometimes half of this distance is called the pitch.
    • Pitch (Mech) The distance between the centers of holes, as of rivet holes in boiler plates.
    • Pitch (Mech) The distance from center to center of any two adjacent teeth of gearing, measured on the pitch line; -- called also circular pitch.
    • Pitch (Mech) The length, measured along the axis, of a complete turn of the thread of a screw, or of the helical lines of the blades of a screw propeller.
    • Pitch (Mining) The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a share of the ore taken out.
    • Pitch The point where a declivity begins; hence, the declivity itself; a descending slope; the degree or rate of descent or slope; slant; as, a steep pitch in the road; the pitch of a roof.
    • Pitch (Mus) The relative acuteness or gravity of a tone, determined by the number of vibrations which produce it; the place of any tone upon a scale of high and low.
    • Pitch To cover over or smear with pitch.
    • Pitch To fix one's choise; -- with on or upon. "Pitch upon the best course of life, and custom will render it the more easy."
    • Pitch To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp. "Laban with his brethren pitched in the Mount of Gilead."
    • Pitch To fix or set the tone of; as, to pitch a tune.
    • Pitch To light; to settle; to come to rest from flight. "The tree whereon they [the bees pitch ."
    • Pitch To plunge or fall; esp., to fall forward; to decline or slope; as, to pitch from a precipice; the vessel pitches in a heavy sea; the field pitches toward the east.
    • Pitch To set or fix, as a price or value.
    • Pitch To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as an embankment or a roadway.
    • Pitch To throw, generally with a definite aim or purpose; to cast; to hurl; to toss; as, to pitch quoits; to pitch hay; to pitch a ball.
    • Pitch To thrust or plant in the ground, as stakes or poles; hence, to fix firmly, as by means of poles; to establish; to arrange; as, to pitch a tent; to pitch a camp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
    • pitch To pierce with a sharp point; divide with something sharp and pointed; transfix.
    • pitch To thrust into the ground, as a stake or pointed peg; hence, to plant or fix; set up; place: as, to pitch a tent or a camp; to pitch the wickets in cricket.
    • pitch To fix or set in order; array; arrange; set.
    • pitch To fix, as a rate, value, or price; rate; class.
    • pitch To fling or throw; hurl; toss: as, to pitch a pike or a dart; to pitch a ball or a penny.
    • pitch Specifically, in base-ball, to serve (the ball) to the batter. See base-ball.
    • pitch In music, to determine or set the key (tonality) or key-note of; fix the relative shrillness or height of; start or set (a piece) by sounding the key-note or first tone: as. to pitch a tune high.
    • pitch To pave roughly; face with stones.
    • pitch In certain card-games, to lead one of (a certain suit), thereby selecting it as trump.
    • pitch To fix a tent or temporary habitation; encamp.
    • pitch To come to rest; settle down; sit-down; alight.
    • pitch To fix or decide: with on or upon.
    • pitch To plunge or fall headlong.
    • pitch Nautical, to plunge with alternate fall and rise of bow and stern, as a ship passing over waves. The motion is most marked when running into a head sea.
    • pitch To throw, toss, or hurl a missile or other object; throw a ball; specifically, in games of ball, to fill the position of pitcher; serve the ball to the batsman.
    • pitch To buck; jump from the ground with the legs bunched together, as a mustang or mule. Sportsman's Gazetteer. See cut under buck.
    • n pitch The highest point or reach; height; acme.
    • n pitch Height (or depth) in general; point or degree of elevation (or of depth); degree; point.
    • n pitch In acoustics and music:
    • n pitch That characteristie of a sound or a tone which depends upon the relative rapidity of the vibrations by which it is produced, a relatively acute or high pitch resulting from rapid vibrations, and a relatively grave or low pitch from slow vibrations. Pitch is therefore coordinate with force, timbre, and duration. It is estimated and stated in terms of the vibration per second of the sounding body. It is experimentally determined either by direct comparison with a standard tuning-fork or by such instruments as the siren.
    • n pitch A particular tonal standard or example with which given tones may be compared in respect to their relative height: as, concert pitch; French pitch. Various standards have from time to time been used or promulgated —as, for example, classical pitch, during the last half of the eighteenth century, for the A next above middle C about 415 to 430 vibrations per second; concert pitch (commonly called high pitch), used in concert and operatic music during the middle of the nineteenth century, varying for the same A from about 440 to 455 vibrations; French pitch (commonly called low pitch), the diapason normal adopted by the French Academy in 1859, for the same A 435 vibrations; philosophical pitch, an arbitrary pitch for middle C, obtained by taking the nearest power of 2, that is, 256 vibrations, or for the next A above about 427 vibrations; Scheibler's pitch, adopted by the Stuttgart Congress of Physicists in 1834, for the same A 440 vibrations.
    • n pitch Specifically.
    • n pitch The height to which a hawk rises in the air when waiting for game to be flushed, or before stooping on its prey.
    • n pitch Stature; height.
    • n pitch Inclination; angle to the horizon.
    • n pitch In mech.:
    • n pitch The distance between the centers of two adjacent teeth in a cog-wheel, measured on the pitch-line, which is concentric with the axis of revolution, and at such a distance from the base of the teeth as to have an equal rate of motion with a similar line in the cog-wheel with which it engages.
    • n pitch The distance between the medial lines of any two successive convolutions or threads of a screw, measured in a direction parallel to the axis: the pitch of a propeller-screw is the length measured along the axis of a complete turn.
    • n pitch The distance between the paddles of a steamship, measured on the circle which passes through their centers.
    • n pitch The distance between the stays of marine and other steam-boilers.
    • n pitch The distance from center to center of rivets.
    • n pitch The rake of saw-teeth (see rake).
    • n pitch A throw; a toss; the act by which something is thrown or hurled from one or at something. Specifically, in base-ball:
    • n pitch A place on which to pitch or set up a booth or stand for the sale or exhibition of something; a stand.
    • n pitch In card-playing, the game all-fours or seven-up played without begging, and with the trump made by leading (pitching) one of a selected suit, instead of being turned up after dealing.
    • n pitch In mining, a certain length on the course of the lode, taken by a tributor, or to work on tribute. Also called tribute-pitch.
    • n pitch In floor-cloth printing, one of the guide-pins used as registering-marks, corresponding to the register-points in lithographic printing.
    • n pitch In naval architecture, downward angular displacement of the hull of a vessel, measured in a longitudinal vertical plane at right angles with and on either side of a horizontal transverse axis passing through the center of flotation: a correlative of scend (which see).
    • n pitch An iron crowbar with a thick square point, for making holes in the ground.
    • n pitch A thick tenacious resinous substance, hard when cold, the residuum of tar after its volatile elements have been expelled: obtained also from the residues of distilled turpentine. It is manufactured mostly in tar-producing countries, especially Russia. It is largely used to cover the seams of vessels after calking, and to protect wood from the effects of moisture; also medicinally in ointments, etc.
    • n pitch The sap or crude turpentine which exudes from the bark of pines. [An improper use.]
    • n pitch Bitumen: a word of indefinite meaning used to designate any kind of bituminous material, but more especially the less fluid varieties (maltha and asphaltum).
    • pitch To smear or cover over with pitch: as, to pitch the seams of a ship.
    • pitch To make pitch-dark; darken.
    • pitch In brewing, to add to (wort) the yeast for the purpose of setting up fermentation.
    • pitch To lose flesh in sickness; fall away; decline.
    • pitch To set out, as plants.
    • pitch In golf, to strike (the ball) with a lofted club so that it goes up into the air and alights with little roll.
    • n pitch In textile manuf, the setting, or distance apart, of the wire teeth in card-clothing.
    • n pitch In golf, a ball played with more or less loft.
    • n pitch In cricket: That part of the cricket-field upon which the batting and bowling are done.
    • n pitch The point at which the ball first touches the ground when bowled.
    • n pitch Of the ball bowled, the distance between the bowler's wicket and the point where the ball first touches the ground; the length.
    • n pitch In building, the slope, as of a roof; the angle with the horizon, generally stated in terms of the horizontal and vertical. Thus, a tin roof may have a pitch of one in twenty-four, or half an inch to a foot.
    • n pitch In an electric generator or motor, the distance from the center of a pole to that of the next pole of opposite sign, measured along the pitch-line.
    • n pitch The memory of such precise pitch, or the power to reproduce it at will. A person with the sense of absolute pitch can name tones correctly upon hearing them, even in fortuitous or distracting relations; can produce particular tones with the voice without help from instruments or other artificial reference; and can even give tones at correct pitch while incorrect tones are being sounded. The capacity or faculty of noting absolute pitch seems to vary in different persons, but it can be greatly cultivated by attention and practice. Many otherwise good musicians lack it, while some who are not specially musical have it. It is often notable in the case of the blind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Howard Taft was the first president to throw out the first pitch at a MLB game.
    • n Pitch pich the solid black shining substance obtained by boiling down common tar
    • v.t Pitch to smear with pitch
    • v.t Pitch pich to thrust or fix in the ground: to fix or set in array: to fix the rate or price: to fling or throw:
    • v.i Pitch to settle, as something pitched: to come to rest from flight: to fall headlong: to fix the choice: to encamp: to rise and fall, as a ship
    • n Pitch a throw or cast from the hand: any point or degree of elevation or depression: degree: degree of slope: a descent: the height of a note in speaking or in music:
    • v.t Pitch to lift with a pitchfork: to throw suddenly into any position
    • v.t Pitch pich (mus.) to set the keynote of
    • n Pitch (mech.) distance between the centres of two teeth in a wheel or a saw, or between the threads of a screw measured parallel to the axis
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Quotations

  • Joe Garagiola
    Joe Garagiola
    “Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out.”
  • James Montgomery
    James Montgomery
    “Yet nightly pitch my moving tent, a day's march nearer home.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan%20Swift
    “She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitch folk.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    Laurence%20Sterne
    “Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man shall be like unto him. [Ecclesiasticus 13:1]”

Idioms

Fever pitch - When a situation has reached fever pitch, people are extremely excited or agitated.
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Make a pitch - If you make a pitch for something, you make a bid, offer or other attempt to get it.
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Queer your pitch - If someone queers your pitch, they interfere in your affairs and spoil things.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pich, AS. pic, L. pix,; akin to Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Mike was talking in his crackling, high-pitched voice.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
He felt a desire to possess this slender, swimming figure mounting in his brain to the pitch of madness.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
I'll pitch, and you play second.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
It was getting dark when we started, and was pitch dark, there being no moon, when we reached that point.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
But as the report proved to be misleading, camp was re-pitched on a square in the middle of Aliwal North.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
They had no tent to pitch, but that is not necessary to constitute a camp.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
In the meantime a tent was pitched outside for a few days' occupancy.
"Indian Child Life" by Charles A. Eastman
Then he took his bat and tried to straighten out the elusive, deceptive balls that Jack pitched.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
Then setting fire to the pitch and resin on board his ship, he dropped into his small boat and pulled away.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
As I had pitched my Tibetan tent, they made for it, expecting to find some of their own countrymen.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
I rears an' pitches an' does my bes', An' I falls right back in a hornet's nes'.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
The dynamo hummed, raised its pitch to a high, almost intolerable keening note.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
He promised himself that he would "pitch his head off" to justify the confidence that McRae, the Giants' manager, had put in him.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
This gradually swelled into the incessant roar of pitched battle.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
But Joe proved his worth, and when a critical time came he pitched to victory, thus defeating the plans of his enemies.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
The man's scream rose to a pitch that made Daoud's ears ring.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
With a high-pitched shriek the Indian sprang at him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The pitch circles of the wheels would be 2/3 and 4 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Vary, if only for variety, the pitch on which you begin each of these first lines.
"Vocal Expression" by Katherine Jewell Everts
We here pitched our tents upon a pretty knoll.
"Our Battery" by Orlando P. Cutter
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In poetry:

"Tho' dark the night as pitch and tar,
I'll guide ye o'er yon hills fu' hie;
And bring ye a' in safety back,
If ye'll be true and follow me."
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
His holy angels pitch their tents
Around the men that serve the Lord;
O fear and love him, all his saints,
Taste of his grace, and trust his word.
"Psalm 34 part 1" by Isaac Watts
His holy angels pitch their tents
Around the men that serve the Lord;
O fear and love him, all his saints,
Taste of' his grace, and trust his word.
"Psalm XXXIV: Lord, I Will Bless Thee" by Isaac Watts
Do you not know me? well! I tell thee, then,
It's I that conquer all the sons of men!
No pitch of honour from my dart is free;
My name is Death! have you not heard of me?
"The Messenger Of Mortality. or Life And Death Contrasted In A Dialogue Betwixt Death And A Lady" by Anonymous British
I dream I’m a knight who ventures forth
Through deserts, hot days, and pitch-black nights.
A defender of love, with all my might
I seek the enchanted palace of Fortune!
"The Palace Of Fortune" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
Beside, you told him never to go out
Along the river-side
Drinking and singing, clattering about.
You might have thrown a rock at me and cried
I was to blame, I let him fall in the road
And pitch down on his side.
"A Note Left In Jimmy Leonard's Shack" by James Wright

In news:

Sylvan Hills' AAA American Legion team started the season a little shallow in the pitching department, but that area has come along nicely, and the Bruins now have three solid starters.
Paul Ryan's pitch has got some kind of nerve.
Trouble With the Curve makes a decent pitch, but nothing all-world.
He knew Joe Blanton's first pitch would be good to bunt .
Busby will guide fans through pitch choices of heralded newcomer.
They don't offer PhD s in pitch recognition, but Steve Busby comes as close as any broadcaster to being a master of the craft.
Before you dive right into the meal and your pitch, remember to skip the sandwiches and apps -- but keep a close eye on the plates.
Businesswoman Alicia DiRago, a former gymnast, fights nerves but stays focused at Excelerate Labs' pitch meeting with investors.
She had problems with pitch.
Butterball pitches in to aid spring 2011 storm victims.
Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister shows no ill effects, pitches well after being hit in head by line drive.
After losing starting pitching Brandon McCarthy to a frightening head injury, the A's lost 7-1 to the Los Angeles Angels, capping a three-game sweep for the visitors.
Some great pitching to start from both sides.
Cale Morrow of Dodge City High School won the national 2012 NFTE Elevator Pitch Challenge, earning a $2,500 grant to help make his business idea a reality.
In ads that have become part of popular culture are out with a new and far edgier pitch.
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In science:

In the multi-step approximation, the pitch angle distribution at return becomes independent of n0 and n′ 0 .
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
The pitch angle distribution Φud (µ(u) ) and Φdu (µ(d) ) in a steady state are determined as follows.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
Fig. 12 presents the pitch angle distribution at the shock front in various frames for various shock velocities.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
The pitch angle distribution of the particles crossing the shock front.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
As long as γk ≫ 1 it relates to the pitch angle ψ via sin ψ ≈ γ−1 k .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
In order to obtain the optimal spatial resolution achievable with the chosen pitch, analog information is needed.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
The spatial resolution is determined by the precision of the charge measurement and by the pixel pitch.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
The calculation of the mean is restricted to |∆X | and |∆Y | smaller than the PMT pitch (≈25 mm).
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The strip pitch clearly affects the resolution of the telescope.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
For any instrument configuration, strip pitch p, gap d and radiator x are fixed.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
In the linear regime, the wave amplitude (which does not appear in the dispersion relation) is independent of its pitch-angle.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Dk relative to Dk,0 have been discussed in the literature: magnetic mirrors and wave pitch angle scattering.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
In particular, the huge O(3)×O(3) degeneracy is already broken at zero temperature, and the collinear states with pitch vector Q = (π , 0) and Q = (0, π) have a lower energy.
Finite-temperature properties of frustrated classical spins coupled to the lattice
Because the two families of states with pitch vectors Q = (0, π) and (π , 0), that are entropically selected, have different spin correlations in the two spatial directions, whenever the sites of the lattices are coupled to the spins, a structural transition is also likely to show up.
Finite-temperature properties of frustrated classical spins coupled to the lattice
The fiber-slit In order to achieve the required position and pitch tolerances for the placement of the fibers, a monolithic block of stainless steel was cut with 255 v-grooves (Fig. 8).
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
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