pitching

Definitions

  • Cellarer Coating a Jar With Pitch
    Cellarer Coating a Jar With Pitch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pitching (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team
    • n pitching abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance) "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
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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: Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
    • Pitching (Hydraul. Eng) A facing of stone laid upon a bank to prevent wear by tides or currents.
    • Pitching The act of throwing or casting; a cast; a pitch; as, wild pitching in baseball.
    • Pitching The rough paving of a street to a grade with blocks of stone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Howard Taft was the first president to throw out the first pitch at a MLB game.
    • n pitching The act of throwing or hurling.
    • n pitching A facing of dry stone laid upon a bank as a protection against the wash of waves or current; a lining or sheathing of masonry.
    • n pitching In leather manufacturing, same as bloom, 6 .
    • n pitching In brewing, the admixture of yeast with the wort to initiate fermentation. Also called setting the wort.
    • pitching In gunnery, noting the fire of cannon at full charge against an object covered in front by a work or a natural obstacle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average lifespan of a Major League baseball is five to seven pitches.
    • ns Pitching the act of throwing: a facing of stone along a bank to protect against the action of water
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of pick.

Usage

In literature:

The horseman wavered, doubled up, and pitched forward to the sand.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
A wild pitch is a ball thrown by the pitcher out of the fair reach of the catcher, and on which a base-runner gains a base.
"Base-Ball" by John M. Ward
These are old soldiers, indeed, highly privileged, veterans of twenty campaigns, fifty pitched battles, and smaller affairs without number.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
We see the horizon of the Black Sea opening before us, and the vessel begins to pitch.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Illustrating one-third pitch 122 228.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The ship, resenting her half-filled hold, pitched with a viciousness new to the crew.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
They're getting ready to pitch another man overboard.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
In a word, pitch may sometimes be substituted for stress.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
He'll pitch me overboard, will he?
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
How ever, give a dog a bad name and it sticks to him like pitch.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Then all by bonny Coldingknow,
Pitch'd palliouns took their room,
And crested helms, and spears a-rowe,
Glanced gaily through the broom.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
At times when the marching is over,
And the tents are pitched for the night,
I can hear the poets singing
Somewhere from an unseen height.
"I Stand With My Shoulder To Shoulders" by Alexander Anderson
Had slept within an Arab's tent,
Pitched for the night beneath a palm,
Or when was heard the vesper psalm,
With the pale nun in worship bent:
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
We've sweltered in the Tropics
When the pitch boiled through the deck—
And saved our hides and little besides
In an ice-cold North Sea wreck.
"Seafarer" by Anonymous Americas
So mine are these new fruitings rich
The simple to the common brings;
I keep the youth of souls who pitch
Their joy in this old heart of things:
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
Ah, there's more sky in these parts than, say,
ground. Hence her voice's pitch,
and her stare stains your retina like a gray
bulb when you switch
"Belfast Tune" by Joseph Brodsky

In news:

In a preview in this week's Pitch, we told you to ignore the fact that this band's name has the word twilight in it.
Mexican Drug Cartels Making Audacious Pitch for Recruits.
Chase Padgett takes swings in the batting cage with Buddy Deal throwing him pitches.
Squeezable stress balls pitching this week's press preview of spring lines at Barneys New York.
Chad Billingsley might not return this season, apparently explaining why the team remains in search of starting pitching even after acquiring.
Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy pitched his first career complete game in a 7-0 win vs the Marlins.
ST LOUIS (AP) – Brandon Beachy pitched six innings of one-run ball and helped himself with an RBI single, Michael Bourn added a solo homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the St Louis Cardinals 7-2 Saturday night.
Dan Uggla's homer, Brandon Beachy 's pitching boost Atlanta Braves in shutout of Florida Marlins.
Buoyed by solid pitching, strong defense and timely hitting, the Thunder Alley placed third (out of 36 teams in the C Division) at the Saguaro Cup in Phoenix during the weekend of April 14-15.
Whenever Buffalo striker Garrett Monroe crossed midfield against Rawlins Friday, it was like he left the soccer pitch and joined the throng waiting for the subway during rush hour in New York City.
But first, I want to make a pitch to support those who don't have enough to eat.
Tim Belcher is the Cleveland Indians' new pitching coach under first-year manager Manny Acta.
He pitched a couple of innings.
I don't think anyone would say Roy Oswalt is ready to step into the Texas rotation after throwing 34 pitches to the Dodgers' Triple-A hitters Saturday night.
Aneld has received pitches for hundreds of projects in need of funding, from high-tech enterprises to a literary cafe.
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In science:

This reproduces the GEM hole structure and explains the improved σ0 for the small pitched GEMs in Fig. 4(b).
A TPC with Triple-GEM Gas Amplification and TimePix Readout
The integer m = i − j represents the distance between sources or receivers, in units of p (the array pitch).
Singular value distribution of the propagation matrix in random scattering media
The grounded electrode is made of a stainlesssteel mesh with a pitch of 256 µm and wire diameter of 28 µm.
Transport properties of electrons in CF4
Given the wire pitch of 3 mm and an energy loss of 2.07 MeV/cm for a mip in LAr, the noise is roughly equivalent to ∼3000 electrons.
A prototype liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber for the study of UV laser multi-photonic ionization
Each vertebra includes 3 degrees of freedom, bending around two planes (yaw / pitch) and twisting around its column.
The eel-like robot
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