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.

SYNONYMS FOR pitch
3. See throw.

Related formspitch·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pitch on

pitch on

pitch upon

verb

(intr, preposition) to determine or decide

pitch

1
/ (pɪtʃ) /

verb

noun


Word Origin for pitch

C13 picchen; possibly related to pick 1

pitch

2
/ (pɪtʃ) /

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 on
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Science definitions for pitch on

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 on

pitch on

Also, pitch upon. Choose, decide on, as in He pitched on the ideal solution. This idiom uses pitch in the sense of “arrange or set something in order.” [Early 1600s]

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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