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Definition of Pitch

Pitch

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. See Pitchstone.
  4. To cover over or smear with pitch.
  5. Fig.: To darken; to blacken; to obscure.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as an embankment or a roadway.
  9. To fix or set the tone of; as, to pitch a tune.
  10. To set or fix, as a price or value.
  11. To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
  12. To light; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
  13. To fix one's choise; -- with on or upon.
  14. 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.
  15. A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand; as, a good pitch in quoits.
  16. That point of the ground on which the ball pitches or lights when bowled.
  17. A point or peak; the extreme point or degree of elevation or depression; hence, a limit or bound.
  18. Height; stature.
  19. A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a share of the ore taken out.
  23. The distance from center to center of any two adjacent teeth of gearing, measured on the pitch line; -- called also circular pitch.
  24. 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.
  25. The distance between the centers of holes, as of rivet holes in boiler plates.

Pitch Quotations

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Joseph Addison

Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.
Desiderius Erasmus

Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball.
James Patrick Murray

I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain't never been seen by this generation.
Satchel Paige

Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
David Hume
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Pitch Translations

pitch in Swedish is lutning

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