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English Dictionary: pitch by the DICT Development Group
9 results for pitch
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
  2. (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
    Synonym(s): pitch, delivery
  3. a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk); "he was employed to see that his paper's news pitches were not trespassed upon by rival vendors"
  4. promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
    Synonym(s): sales talk, sales pitch, pitch
  5. degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; "the roof had a steep pitch"
    Synonym(s): pitch, rake, slant
  6. any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
    Synonym(s): pitch, tar
  7. a high approach shot in golf
    Synonym(s): pitch, pitch shot
  8. an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
    Synonym(s): pitch, auction pitch
  9. abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
    Synonym(s): lurch, pitch, pitching
  10. the action or manner of throwing something; "his pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor"
  1. throw or toss with a light motion; "flip me the beachball"; "toss me newspaper"
    Synonym(s): flip, toss, sky, pitch
  2. move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
    Synonym(s): lurch, pitch, shift
  3. fall or plunge forward; "She pitched over the railing of the balcony"
  4. set to a certain pitch; "He pitched his voice very low"
  5. sell or offer for sale from place to place
    Synonym(s): peddle, monger, huckster, hawk, vend, pitch
  6. be at an angle; "The terrain sloped down"
    Synonym(s): slope, incline, pitch
  7. heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"
    Synonym(s): cant, cant over, tilt, slant, pitch
  8. erect and fasten; "pitch a tent"
    Synonym(s): pitch, set up
  9. throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball; "The pitcher delivered the ball"
    Synonym(s): deliver, pitch
  10. hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
  11. lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
  12. set the level or character of; "She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
    Synonym(s): gear, pitch
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pitch \Pitch\, n. (Elec.)
      The distance between symmetrically arranged or corresponding
      parts of an armature, measured along a line, called the pitch
      line, drawn around its length. Sometimes half of this
      distance is called the pitch.
      {Pitch of poles} (Elec.), the distance between a pair of
            poles of opposite sign.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pitch \Pitch\, n.
      1. A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand;
            as, a good pitch in quoits.
      {Pitch and toss}, a game played by tossing up a coin, and
            calling [bd]Heads or tails;[b8] hence:
      {To play pitch and toss with (anything)}, to be careless or
            trust to luck about it. [bd]To play pitch and toss with
            the property of the country.[b8] --G. Eliot.
      {Pitch farthing}. See {Chuck farthing}, under 5th {Chuck}.
      2. (Cricket) That point of the ground on which the ball
            pitches or lights when bowled.
      3. A point or peak; the extreme point or degree of elevation
            or depression; hence, a limit or bound.
                     Driven headlong from the pitch of heaven, down Into
                     this deep.                                          --Milton.
                     Enterprises of great pitch and moment. --Shak.
                     To lowest pitch of abject fortune.      --Milton.
                     He lived when learning was at its highest pitch.
                     The exact pitch, or limits, where temperance ends.
      4. Height; stature. [Obs.] --Hudibras.
      5. A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
      6. The point where a declivity begins; hence, the declivity
            itself; a descending slope; the degree or rate of descent
            or slope; slant; as, a steep pitch in the road; the pitch
            of a roof.
      7. (Mus.) The relative acuteness or gravity of a tone,
            determined by the number of vibrations which produce it;
            the place of any tone upon a scale of high and low.
      Note: Musical tones with reference to absolute pitch, are
               named after the first seven letters of the alphabet;
               with reference to relative pitch, in a series of tones
               called the scale, they are called one, two, three,
               four, five, six, seven, eight. Eight is also one of a
               new scale an octave higher, as one is eight of a scale
               an octave lower.
      8. (Mining) The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a
            share of the ore taken out.
      9. (Mech.)
            (a) The distance from center to center of any two adjacent
                  teeth of gearing, measured on the pitch line; --
                  called also circular pitch.
            (b) The length, measured along the axis, of a complete
                  turn of the thread of a screw, or of the helical lines
                  of the blades of a screw propeller.
            (c) The distance between the centers of holes, as of rivet
                  holes in boiler plates.
      {Concert pitch} (Mus.), the standard of pitch used by
            orchestras, as in concerts, etc.
      {Diametral pitch} (Gearing), the distance which bears the
            same relation to the pitch proper, or circular pitch, that
            the diameter of a circle bears to its circumference; it is
            sometimes described by the number expressing the quotient
            obtained by dividing the number of teeth in a wheel by the
            diameter of its pitch circle in inches; as, 4 pitch, 8
            pitch, etc.
      {Pitch chain}, a chain, as one made of metallic plates,
            adapted for working with a sprocket wheel.
      {Pitch line}, [or] {Pitch circle} (Gearing), an ideal line,
            in a toothed gear or rack, bearing such a relation to a
            corresponding line in another gear, with which the former
            works, that the two lines will have a common velocity as
            in rolling contact; it usually cuts the teeth at about the
            middle of their height, and, in a circular gear, is a
            circle concentric with the axis of the gear; the line, or
            circle, on which the pitch of teeth is measured.
      {Pitch of a roof} (Arch.), the inclination or slope of the
            sides expressed by the height in parts of the span; as,
            one half pitch; whole pitch; or by the height in parts of
            the half span, especially among engineers; or by degrees,
            as a pitch of 30[f8], of 45[f8], etc.; or by the rise and
            run, that is, the ratio of the height to the half span;
            as, a pitch of six rise to ten run. Equilateral pitch is
            where the two sloping sides with the span form an
            equilateral triangle.
      {Pitch of a plane} (Carp.), the slant of the cutting iron.
      {Pitch pipe}, a wind instrument used by choristers in
            regulating the pitch of a tune.
      {Pitch point} (Gearing), the point of contact of the pitch
            lines of two gears, or of a rack and pinion, which work

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pitch \Pitch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pitched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Pitching}.] [See {Pitch}, n.]
      1. To cover over or smear with pitch. --Gen. vi. 14.
      2. Fig.: To darken; to blacken; to obscure.
                     The welkin pitched with sullen could. --Addison.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pitch \Pitch\, v. t. [OE. picchen; akin to E. pick, pike.]
      1. To throw, generally with a definite aim or purpose; to
            cast; to hurl; to toss; as, to pitch quoits; to pitch hay;
            to pitch a ball.
      2. To thrust or plant in the ground, as stakes or poles;
            hence, to fix firmly, as by means of poles; to establish;
            to arrange; as, to pitch a tent; to pitch a camp.
      3. To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as
            an embankment or a roadway. --Knight.
      4. To fix or set the tone of; as, to pitch a tune.
      5. To set or fix, as a price or value. [Obs.] --Shak.
      {Pitched battle}, a general battle; a battle in which the
            hostile forces have fixed positions; -- in distinction
            from a skirmish.
      {To pitch into}, to attack; to assault; to abuse. [Slang]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pitch \Pitch\, n. [OE. pich, AS. pic, L. pix; akin to Gr. [?].]
      1. A thick, black, lustrous, and sticky substance obtained by
            boiling down tar. It is used in calking the seams of
            ships; also in coating rope, canvas, wood, ironwork, etc.,
            to preserve them.
                     He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.
                                                                              xiii. 1.
      2. (Geol.) See {Pitchstone}.
      {Amboyna pitch}, the resin of {Dammara australis}. See
      {Burgundy pitch}. See under {Burgundy}.
      {Canada pitch}, the resinous exudation of the hemlock tree
            ({Abies Canadensis}); hemlock gum.
      {Jew's pitch}, bitumen.
      {Mineral pitch}. See {Bitumen} and {Asphalt}.
      {Pitch coal} (Min.), bituminous coal.
      {Pitch peat} (Min.), a black homogeneous peat, with a waxy
      {Pitch pine} (Bot.), any one of several species of pine,
            yielding pitch, esp. the {Pinus rigida} of North America.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pitch \Pitch\, v. i.
      1. To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
            [bd]Laban with his brethren pitched in the Mount of
            Gilead.[b8] --Gen. xxxi. 25.
      2. To light; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
                     The tree whereon they [the bees] pitch. --Mortimer.
      3. To fix one's choise; -- with on or upon.
                     Pitch upon the best course of life, and custom will
                     render it the more easy.                     --Tillotson.
      4. To plunge or fall; esp., to fall forward; to decline or
            slope; as, to pitch from a precipice; the vessel pitches
            in a heavy sea; the field pitches toward the east.
      {Pitch and pay}, an old aphorism which inculcates ready-money
            payment, or payment on delivery of goods. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dip \Dip\, n.
      1. The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a
            liquid. [bd]The dip of oars in unison.[b8] --Glover.
      2. Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line;
            slope; pitch.
      3. A liquid, as a sauce or gravy, served at table with a
            ladle or spoon. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.
      4. A dipped candle. [Colloq.] --Marryat.
      {Dip of the horizon} (Astron.), the angular depression of the
            seen or visible horizon below the true or natural horizon;
            the angle at the eye of an observer between a horizontal
            line and a tangent drawn from the eye to the surface of
            the ocean.
      {Dip of the needle}, [or] {Magnetic dip}, the angle formed,
            in a vertical plane, by a freely suspended magnetic
            needle, or the line of magnetic force, with a horizontal
            line; -- called also {inclination}.
      {Dip of a stratum} (Geol.), its greatest angle of inclination
            to the horizon, or that of a line perpendicular to its
            direction or strike; -- called also the {pitch}.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (Gen. 6:14), asphalt or bitumen in its soft state, called
      "slime" (Gen. 11:3; 14:10; Ex. 2:3), found in pits near the Dead
      Sea (q.v.). It was used for various purposes, as the coating of
      the outside of vessels and in building. Allusion is made in Isa.
      34:9 to its inflammable character. (See {SLIME}.)
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