Nearby words

  1. pitanga,
  2. pitapat,
  3. pitatus,
  4. pitaya,
  5. pitcairn island,
  6. pitch accent,
  7. pitch and putt,
  8. pitch chain,
  9. pitch chisel,
  10. pitch circle

Origin of pitch

1
1175–1225; (v.) Middle English picchen to thrust, pierce, set, set up (a tent, etc.), array, throw; perhaps akin to pick1; (noun) derivative of the v.

Related formspitch·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pitch into

pitch into

verb (intr, preposition) informal

to assail physically or verbally
to get on with doing (something)

pitch

1

verb

to hurl or throw (something); cast; fling
(usually tr) to set up (a camp, tent, etc)
(tr) to place or thrust (a stake, spear, etc) into the ground
(intr) to move vigorously or irregularly to and fro or up and down
(tr) to aim or fix (something) at a particular level, position, style, etcif you advertise privately you may pitch the price too low
(tr) to aim to sell (a product) to a specified market or on a specified basis
(intr) to slope downwards
(intr) to fall forwards or downwards
(intr) (of a vessel) to dip and raise its bow and stern alternately
cricket to bowl (a ball) so that it bounces on a certain part of the wicket, or (of a ball) to bounce on a certain part of the wicket
(intr) (of a missile, aircraft, etc) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by movement of the longitudinal axis about the lateral axisCompare yaw (def. 1), roll (def. 14)
(tr) (in golf) to hit (a ball) steeply into the air, esp with backspin to minimize roll
(tr) music
  1. to sing or play accurately (a note, interval, etc)
  2. (usually passive)(of a wind instrument) to specify or indicate its basic key or harmonic series by its size, manufacture, etc
(tr) cards to lead (a suit) and so determine trumps for that trick
baseball
  1. (tr)to throw (a baseball) to a batter
  2. (intr)to act as pitcher in a baseball game
Southwest English dialect (used with it as subject) to snow without the settled snow melting
in there pitching US and Canadian informal taking part with enthusiasm
pitch a tale or pitch a yarn to tell a story, usually of a fantastic nature

noun

the degree of elevation or depression
  1. the angle of descent of a downward slope
  2. such a slope
the extreme height or depth
mountaineering a section of a route between two belay points, sometimes equal to the full length of the rope but often shorter
the degree of slope of a roof, esp when expressed as a ratio of height to span
the distance between corresponding points on adjacent members of a body of regular form, esp the distance between teeth on a gearwheel or between threads on a screw thread
the distance between regularly spaced objects such as rivets, bolts, etc
the pitching motion of a ship, missile, etc
  1. the distance a propeller advances in one revolution, assuming no slip
  2. the blade angle of a propeller or rotor
the distance between the back rest of a seat in a passenger aircraft and the back of the seat in front of it
music
  1. the auditory property of a note that is conditioned by its frequency relative to other noteshigh pitch; low pitch
  2. 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
cricket the rectangular area between the stumps, 22 yards long and 10 feet wide; the wicket
geology the inclination of the axis of an anticline or syncline or of a stratum or vein from the horizontal
another name for seven-up
the act or manner of pitching a ball, as in cricket
mainly British a vendor's station, esp on a pavement
slang a persuasive sales talk, esp one routinely repeated
mainly British (in many sports) the field of play
Also called: pitch shot golf an approach shot in which the ball is struck in a high arc
make a pitch for US and Canadian slang
  1. to give verbal support to
  2. to attempt to attract (someone) sexually or romantically
queer someone's pitch British informal to upset someone's plans

Word Origin for pitch

C13 picchen; possibly related to pick 1

pitch

2

noun

any of various heavy dark viscid substances obtained as a residue from the distillation of tarsSee also coal-tar pitch
any of various similar substances, such as asphalt, occurring as natural deposits
any of various similar substances obtained by distilling certain organic substances so that they are incompletely carbonized
crude turpentine obtained as sap from pine treesRelated adjective: piceous

verb

(tr) to apply pitch to (something)

Word Origin for pitch

Old English pic, from Latin pix

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Word Origin and History for pitch into
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Science definitions for pitch into

pitch

[pĭch]

A thick, tarlike substance obtained by distilling coal tar, used for roofing, waterproofing, and paving.
Any of various natural bitumens, such as asphalt, having similar uses.
A resin derived from the sap of a cone-bearing tree, such as a pine.
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Idioms and Phrases with pitch into

pitch into

Attack, assault, either physically or verbally. For example, Aunt Sally pitched into Uncle Rob when he forgot to go to the bank. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]

pitch

In addition to the idioms beginning with pitch

  • pitched battle, a
  • pitch in
  • pitch into
  • pitch on
  • pitch woo

also see:

  • black as night (pitch)
  • in there pitching
  • make a pitch for
  • sales pitch
  • wild pitch
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