concert pitch

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  1. Music. a standard of pitch used for tuning orchestral instruments, usually established at 440 vibrations per second for A above middle C.

  2. a state of heightened eagerness, readiness, or tension: Spring training had brought the athletes up to concert pitch for the beginning of the season.

Origin of concert pitch

First recorded in 1760–70

Words Nearby concert pitch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use concert pitch in a sentence

  • They feel these things are essential to the acquiring of a fine technic, and keeping it up to concert pitch.

    Piano Mastery | Harriette Brower
  • Mrs. Barrast was always screwed up to concert pitch and never gave herself, or any one in her vicinity, a single moment of peace.

    A Son of Perdition | Fergus Hume
  • From the rooms in the rear came the words of a gospel hymn sung in a tremulous soprano and at concert pitch.

    Cy Whittaker's Place | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Every workman is kept up to concert pitch, and the maximum work per man is obtained without resort to driving or rushing.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications | Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • Hands grow busy, the noise recommences, and in a few minutes the buzz rises again to concert pitch.

British Dictionary definitions for concert pitch

concert pitch

  1. the frequency of 440 hertz assigned to the A above middle C: See pitch 1 (def. 30), international pitch

  2. informal a state of extreme readiness

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