verb (used with object)
- to deliver or serve (the ball) to the batter.
- to fill the position of pitcher in (a game): He pitched a no-hitter. He pitched a good game.
- to choose or assign as a pitcher for a game: The manager pitched Greene the next night.
- to lead (a card of a particular suit), thereby fixing that suit as trump.
- to determine (the trump) in this manner.
- to square (a stone), cutting the arrises true with a chisel.
- to cut with a chisel.
verb (used without object)
- to deliver or serve the ball to the batter.
- to fill the position of pitcher He pitched for the Mets last year.
- an often high-pressured talk or message intended to sell or win approval for something: a sales pitch for a new product;an email pitch to gain support for a proposal.
- a specific plan of action; angle: to tackle a problem again, using a new pitch.
- the nosing of an airplane or spacecraft up or down about a transverse axis.
- the distance that a given propeller would advance in one revolution.
- the motion due to pitching.
- the extent of the rotation of the longitudinal axis involved in pitching.
- the distance between the corresponding surfaces of two adjacent gear teeth measured either along the pitch circle (circular pitch ) or between perpendiculars to the root surfaces (normal pitch ).
- the ratio of the number of teeth in a gear or splined shaft to the pitch circle diameter, expressed in inches.
- the distance between any two adjacent things in a series, as screw threads, rivets, etc.
- to begin to work in earnest and vigorously: If I really pitch in, I may be able to finish the paper before the deadline.
- to contribute to a common cause; join in: When they took up a collection for the annual dinner, he promised to pitch in.
- to attack verbally or physically: He apologized for pitching into me yesterday.
- to begin to work on vigorously.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pitchpitch·a·ble, adjective
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Definition for pitch (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of pitch2
OTHER WORDS FROM pitchpitchlike, adjective
What is a basic definition of pitch?
Pitch means to set up a tent or similar structure, to throw something, or to promote something. Pitch has many other senses as a verb and a noun.
When you pitch a tent, you are setting or standing it up. Relatedly, pitch also means to insert something into the ground, such as tent pegs.
- Used in a sentence: The knight pitched his sword into the ground and collapsed.
Pitch is also used to mean to throw or fling something. Pitch is used in baseball to specifically mean to throw the ball toward the batter while standing on the mound. The player who throws the ball is called the pitcher.
- Used in a sentence: I pitched the ball of paper into the garbage.
Pitch can also mean to try to get somebody to buy or accept something or to advertise something. This often involves trying to make whatever is being pitched sound great.
- Real-life examples: Writers pitch stories to editors, who get to decide which stories actually get published. Employees will pitch ideas to their boss. Salespeople sometimes aggressively pitch products to potential customers.
- Used in a sentence: We pitched our idea for a new TV show to the network, but I don’t think they liked it.
Pitch is also used in this sense to refer to an aggressive attempt at trying to persuade someone.
- Used in a sentence: We listened to the insurance agent’s sales pitch.
Where does pitch come from?
The first records of pitch come from around 1175. It comes from the Middle English picchen, meaning “to thrust,” “to pierce” or “to set up (a tent).”
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What are some other forms related to pitch?
- pitcher (noun)
- pitchable (adjective)
- pitchlike (adjective)
What are some synonyms for pitch?
What are some words that share a root or word element with pitch?
What are some words that often get used in discussing pitch?
How is pitch used in real life?
Pitch is a common word that most often means to throw something or to advertise something.
Okay so tonight I pitched my cat idea to husband and I was super nervous because he didn’t really want to get another pet but… HE AGREED 😺😻😻😻😻😻😻 we’re going to go check out our local shelter next week!!!!
— 𝙼𝚊𝚍𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝙱 ☕️📖 (@ParisandProse_) January 4, 2021
A mom who thought her toddler had too much parade candy just pitched it across the street at other kids. #multnomahdays
— Amy Wang (@ORAmyW) August 16, 2014
With THE GREAT GATSBY entering public domain tomorrow, here’s my pitch for a Gatsbyverse film franchise:
2022: GATSBYMAN: When exposed to a mysterious green light, a young man develops the ability to incapacitate enemies by firing fusillades of bespoke dress shirts at them.
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) December 31, 2020
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Is pitch used correctly in the following sentence?
After the show was over, we carefully pitched the circus tent and put all of the pieces of the collapsed tent back into the truck.
Example sentences from the Web for pitch
The TV networks’ pitches, however, were buoyed by their respective streaming platforms.How the future of TV and streaming has – and hasn’t – been reshaped so far by 2020|Tim Peterson|September 16, 2020|Digiday
To that end, the company is aiming its pitch at agencies that will then identify particular clients to advertise on the service.WarnerMedia eyes spring debut for HBO Max’s ad-supported tier|Tim Peterson|September 10, 2020|Digiday
The proposition and pitch describe a more comprehensive and brand-conscious “omnichannel” marketing platform that can tie online and offline performance data together.InMarket buys NinthDecimal to compete with Foursquare more effectively|Greg Sterling|September 9, 2020|Search Engine Land
Also, we don’t really have the resources it takes to go on a six-month pitch process being run by a pitch consultant from a spreadsheet.‘We don’t have the burden of traditional media’: Confessions of an upstart agency holding group MD|Seb Joseph|September 7, 2020|Digiday
If a pitch is focused on obscure technology, instead of what that technology accomplishes, it’s a red flag.HBO’s new sex cult doc has big lessons for investors|dzanemorris|September 2, 2020|Fortune
If the pitch remains the same but the seat becomes slimmer, the result should be more body room, right?
In the same cabin, the business class has flat beds with a 70-inch pitch.
What results is a kind of mashup concert, a virtuoso mixed-media DJ set tuned to a keen emotional pitch.War Is About More Than Heroes, Martyrs, and Patriots|Nathan Bradley Bethea|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Media reports confirm that Gardner made a significant pitch to Hispanic voters in both English and Spanish.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ebola will fade enough for the Democrats to make this pitch by next week.
Practise gliding in the form of inflection, or slide, from one extreme of pitch to another.
What the ear hears is the fundamental pitch only; the overtones harmonize with the primary or fundamental tone, and enrich it.
It will be remembered that pitch depends upon the rapidity of the sound waves or vibrations.
The medium pitch expresses warmth, emotion, and the heart qualities.
The high pitch represents mentality, the esthetic phases of beauty, and much brilliancy.
British Dictionary definitions for pitch (1 of 2)
- to sing or play accurately (a note, interval, etc)
- (usually passive) (of a wind instrument) to specify or indicate its basic key or harmonic series by its size, manufacture, etc
- (tr) to throw (a baseball) to a batter
- (intr) to act as pitcher in a baseball game
- the angle of descent of a downward slope
- such a slope
- the distance a propeller advances in one revolution, assuming no slip
- the blade angle of a propeller or rotor
- the auditory property of a note that is conditioned by its frequency relative to other noteshigh pitch; low pitch
- an absolute frequency assigned to a specific note, fixing the relative frequencies of all other notes. The fundamental frequencies of the notes A–G, in accordance with the frequency A = 440 hertz, were internationally standardized and accepted in 1939See also concert pitch (def. 1), international pitch
- to give verbal support to
- to attempt to attract (someone) sexually or romantically
Word Origin for pitch
British Dictionary definitions for pitch (2 of 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with pitch
In addition to the idioms beginning with pitch
- pitched battle, a
- pitch in
- pitch into
- pitch on
- pitch woo
- black as night (pitch)
- in there pitching
- make a pitch for
- sales pitch
- wild pitch