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concert pitch

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noun
  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.
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Origin of concert pitch

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples of concert pitch

  • But what mattered it when we were at concert-pitch, and bears for the tune?

    American Big-Game Hunting

    Various

  • It was like a violinist screwing his instrument up to concert-pitch, below which it would drop from day to day.

    The Debtor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • We have to take into consideration the concert-pitch in use at the time of Paganini's public career.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

    Stephen Samuel Stratton

  • Her innocence of what he was doing—of what it was necessary for him to do to remain at concert-pitch—was supreme.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • A man cannot be at concert-pitch all day long with his mistress any more easily than with his wife.

    One Man's View

    Leonard Merrick


British Dictionary definitions for concert pitch

concert pitch

noun
  1. the frequency of 440 hertz assigned to the A above middle CSee pitch 1 (def. 30), international pitch
  2. informal a state of extreme readiness
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