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From Middle English picche, piche, pich, from Old English pi?, from Latin pix. Cognate with Dutch pek, German Pech, and Spanish pegar (“to stick, glue”).
pitch (countable and uncountable, plural pitches)
- A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
- A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.
- (geology) Pitchstone.
From Middle English picchen, pycchen (“to thrust in, fasten, settle”), an assibilated variant of Middle English picken, pikken (“to pick, pierce”). More at pick.
pitch (plural pitches)
- A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand.
- (baseball) The act of pitching a baseball.
- (sports) (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or field hockey is played. (In cricket, the pitch is in the centre of the field; see cricket pitch.) Not used in America, where "field" is the preferred word.
- An effort to sell or promote something.
- The distance between evenly spaced objects, e.g. the teeth of a saw or gear, the turns of a screw thread, the centres of holes, or letters in a monospace font.
- The angle at which an object sits.
- A level or degree, or (by extension), a peak or highest degree.
- The rotation angle about the transverse axis.
- The place where a busker performs.
- An area in a market (or similar) allocated to a particular trader.
- An area on a campsite intended for occupation by a single tent, caravan or similar.
- A point or peak; the extreme point of elevation or depression.
- (climbing) A section of a climb or rock face; specifically, the climbing distance between belays or stances.
- (caving) A vertical cave passage, only negotiable by using rope or ladders.
- (now Britain, regional) A person or animal's height.
- (cricket) That point of the ground on which the ball pitches or lights when bowled.
- A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
- The point where a declivity begins; hence, the declivity itself; a descending slope; the degree or rate of descent or slope; slant.
- (mining) The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a share of the ore taken out.
- (transitive) To throw.
- (transitive or intransitive, baseball) To throw (the ball) toward a batter at home plate.
- (intransitive, baseball) To play baseball in the position of pitcher.
- (transitive) To throw away; discard.
- (transitive) To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell.
- (transitive) To deliver in a certain tone or style, or with a certain audience in mind.
- (transitive) To assemble or erect (a tent).
- (intransitive) To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
- (transitive, intransitive, aviation or nautical) To move so that the front of an aircraft or ship goes alternatively up and down.
- (transitive, golf) To play a short, high, lofty shot that lands with backspin.
- (intransitive, cricket) To bounce on the playing surface.
- (intransitive, Bristol, of snow) To settle and build up, without melting.
- (intransitive, archaic) To alight; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
- (with on or upon) To fix one's choice.
- (intransitive) To plunge or fall; especially, to fall forward; to decline or slope.
- (transitive, of an embankment, roadway) To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones.
- (transitive, of a price, value) To set or fix.
- (transitive, card games, slang, of a card) To discard for some gain.
Unknown. Perhaps related to the above sense of level or degree, or influenced by it.
pitch (plural pitches)
- (music, phonetics) The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
- (music) In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
- (intransitive) To produce a note of a given pitch.
- (transitive) To fix or set the tone of.