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Pitch appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Big Fuji waves pitch enzymed kex liquor. (33 letters)
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pitch:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pitch:


The word pitch is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pitch

What does pitch mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: pitches

  1. the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic term: sound property = an attribute of sound
    • more specific terms:
      • international pitch / philharmonic pitch / concert pitch = the pitch used to tune instruments for concert performances
      • high frequency / high pitch = a pitch that is perceived as above other pitches
      • soprano / treble = the pitch range of the highest female voice
      • tenor = the pitch range of the highest male voice
      • key = pitch of the voice
      • low frequency / low pitch = a pitch that is perceived as below other pitches
      • alto = the pitch range of the lowest female voice
      • alto = the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments
      • bass = the lowest part of the musical range
      • tone = a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
      • tune = the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch
    • attributes:
  2. (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
    • domain: ball / baseball / baseball game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of pitch: delivery
    • more generic word: throw = the act of throwing
    • more specific terms:
      • balk = an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
      • ball = a pitch that is not in the strike zone
      • beanball / beaner = a baseball deliberately thrown at the batter's head
      • change-of-pace ball / off-speed pitch / change-of-pace / change-up = a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
      • breaking ball / curve ball / bender / curve = a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
      • duster = a pitch thrown deliberately close to the batter
      • fastball / bullet / heater / hummer / smoke = a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
      • knuckleball / knuckler = a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
      • overhand pitch = a baseball pitch in which the hand moves above the shoulder
      • passed ball = a pitch that the catcher should have caught but did not
      • screwball = a pitch with reverse spin that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown
      • sinker = a pitch that curves downward rapidly as it approaches the plate
      • spitball / spitter = an illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it
      • strike = a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders
      • submarine pitch / submarine ball = a pitch thrown sidearm instead of overhead
      • wild pitch = an errant pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that allows a base runner to advance a base
  3. a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk)
  4. promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
  5. degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
    • example: the roof had a steep pitch
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of pitch: rake / slant
    • more generic words: gradient / slope = the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal
    • more specific word: loft = the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
  6. any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of pitch: tar
    • more generic word: bitumen = any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons
    • more specific term: coal tar = a tar formed from distillation of bituminous coal
  7. a sports field with predetermined dimensions for playing soccer
  8. a high approach shot in golf
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of pitch: pitch shot
    • more generic terms: approach / approach shot = a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
  9. an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of pitch: auction pitch
    • more generic terms: all fours / high-low-jack = card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
  10. abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
    • example: the pitching and tossing was quite exciting
    • domain: ship
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of pitch: lurch / pitching
    • more generic words: motility / motion / move / movement = a change of position that does not entail a change of location
    • more specific words: careen / rock / sway / tilt = pitching dangerously to one side
  11. the action or manner of throwing something
    • example: his pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: throw = the act of throwing

Alternative definition of the noun pitch


  1. A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
  2. A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.
  3. [baseball] The act of pitching a baseball.
  4. [sports] The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or field hockey is played.
  5. An effort to sell or promote something.
  6. The distance between evenly spaced objects, e.g. the teeth of a saw, the turns of a screw thread, or letters in a monospace font.
  7. The angle at which an object sits.
  8. More specifically, the rotation angle about the transverse axis.
  9. [aviation] A measure of the degree to which an aircraft's nose tilts up or down.
  10. [aviation] A measure of the angle of attack of a propeller.
  11. [nautical] The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its athwartships axis, causing its bow and stern to go up and down. Compare with roll, yaw and heave.
  12. The place where a busker performs.
  13. An area in a market (or similar) allocated to a particular trader.
  14. An intensity.
  15. [climbing] A section of a climb or rock face; specifically, the climbing distance between belays or stances.
  16. [caving] A vertical cave passage, only negotiable by using rope or ladders.
  17. [context: now UK regional] A person or animal's height.
  18. [music] The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
  19. [music] In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.

Specialised definition of the noun pitch

Glossary of sports

a playing area for a team ball game (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a particular way or manner of throwing something, especially a ball; to throw or hurl a ball, particularly as part of a game or sport (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a shot where the ball flies in a high arc and does not roll much on landing (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / alpinism

a section of rock or ice between two belay points (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / baseball

the act of throwing the ball to the batter (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a ball thrown to the batter (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / cricket

the area between the two sets of stumps (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / golf

when a ball pitches, it hits the ground (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: the ball pitched next to the hole and rolled a few feet past.

a short shot, lofted high toward the putting green, usually with backspin

Glossary of sports / hockey / field hockey

the field hockey playing area. The pitch is 100 yards long by 60 yards wide, divided by a center line and two 25-yard lines, one in each half of the field

Glossary of sports / rowing

the angle at which the blade enters the water (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the angle at which an oar is set in the water

Glossary of sports / rugby union

the rugby field is a maximum of 100 meters long, from try-line to try-line, and 70 meters wide. At each end of the field is an in-goal area, no more than 22 meters long. The field is marked by a half-way line, two 10-meter lines and two 22-meter lines, and by two dotted hash marks, each 5 meters from the sideline and extending from goal-line to goal-line. There is a set of goal posts on each try-line

Glossary of sports / soccer

the rectangular surface, bounded by the goal lines and touchlines, on which the match is played (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

soccer field

  • region: UK

Definition of the verb pitch

What does pitch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: pitched | pitching | pitches

  1. throw or toss with a light motion
    • example: The children pitch the ball
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Steve tossed John the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Steve tossed the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I threw the package away
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination or Locative Preposition] [Destination]Steve tossed the ball to the garden
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Steve tossed the ball from the corner
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] at / to / towards / for [Destination]Steve tossed the ball from the corner to the garden

      Verbs of Throwing (with the same syntax): bash, bat, bunt, chuck, fire, flick, fling, flip, hit, hurl, knock, lob, loft, nudge, pass, punt, shoot, shove, slam, slap, sling, smash, tap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pitch: flip / sky / toss
    • more generic word: fling = throw with force or recklessness
    • more specific terms:
  2. move abruptly
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of pitch: lurch / shift
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. fall or plunge forward
    • examples: She pitched over the railing of the balcony | The airplane is sure to pitch
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: come down / descend / fall / go down = move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  4. set to a certain pitch
    • example: He pitched his voice very low
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: set = put into a certain state
  5. sell or offer for sale from place to place
  6. be at an angle
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of pitch: incline / slope
    • more generic words: angle / lean / slant / tilt / tip = to incline or bend from a vertical position
    • more specific words:
      • ascend = slope upwards
      • stoop = sag, bend, bend over or down
      • fall = slope downward
      • climb = slope upward
      • dip = slope downwards
  7. heel over
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of pitch: cant / cant over / slant / tilt
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific word: cock = tilt or slant to one side
  8. erect and fasten
    • example: pitch a tent
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of pitch: set up
    • more generic words: erect / rear = cause to rise up
    • more specific terms: camp down / camp = establish or set up a camp
  9. throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball
    • example: The pitcher delivered the ball
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of pitch: deliver
    • more generic word: throw = propel through the air
  10. hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: hit = cause to move by striking
  11. lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
    • domain: card game / cards
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: play = put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
  12. set the level or character of
    • example: She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of pitch: gear
    • more generic words: accommodate / adapt = make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
    • more specific words: popularise / popularize = make understandable to the general public

Alternative definition of the verb pitch


  1. [transitive] To throw.
  2. [transitive or intransitive, baseball] To throw (the ball) toward home plate.
  3. [intransitive, baseball] To play baseball in the position of pitcher.
  4. [transitive] To throw away; discard.
  5. [transitive] To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell.
  6. [transitive] To deliver in a certain tone or style, or with a certain audience in mind.
  7. [transitive] To assemble or erect (a tent).
  8. [ambitransitive, aviation or nautical] To move so that the front of an aircraft or ship goes alternatively up and down.
  9. [transitive, golf, ] To play a short, high, lofty shot that lands with backspin.
  10. [intransitive, cricket, ] To bounce on the playing surface.
  11. [intransitive, Bristol, of snow] To settle and build up, without melting.
  12. To produce a note of a given pitch.

Specialised definition of the verb pitch

Glossary of sports

to throw the ball to the batter (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Pitch is an American trick-taking card game derived from the English game of All Fours. Historically, Pitch started as "Blind All Fours", a very simple All Fours variant that is still played in England as a pub game. The modern game involving a bidding phase and setting back a party's score if the bid is not reached came up in the middle of the 19th century and is more precisely known as Auction Pitch or Setback. Whereas All Fours started as a two-player game, Pitch is most popular for three to five players. Four can play individually or in fixed partnerships, depending in part on regional preferences. Auction Pitch is played in numerous variations that vary the deck used, provide methods for improving players' hands, or expand the scoring system. Some of these variants gave rise to a new game known as Pedro or Cinch.

  • also known as High-Low Jack, Setback, Auction Pitch
  • genre: Trick-taking game


  1. "Pitch" is a 1997 Canadian documentary created by Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice, featuring themselves as two young filmmakers attending the Toronto Film Festival to pitch a film concept to various celebrities.
  2. "Pitch" is a 2009 short film directed by Alex Woolfson.
  3. "Pitch" is a short film.


Pitch is a fictional character from the book Zoobreak.


  1. "Pitch" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Pitch" is a musical album of Pitch Black.
    • released on (5 years ago)


  1. Pitch a.k.a. Liam Pitchford is a British table tennis player.
  2. Pitch a.k.a. Michael Piccirilli is an actor.
  3. Pitch a.k.a. Joseph Pitchhadze is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

There are other people with in their name, like Pitch Twit, Louise Pitch, High Pitch Eric and Pitch Black Afro.


PITCH is a record label.


  1. Pitch is a name for any of a number of viscoelastic, solid polymers. Pitch can be natural or manufactured, derived from petroleum, coal tar or plants. Various forms of pitch may also be called tar, bitumen or asphalt. Pitch produced from plants is also known as resin. Some products made from plant resin are also known as rosin.
  2. Pitch a.k.a. Pitch (Music): Pitch is a perceptual property that allows the ordering of sounds on a frequency-related scale. Pitches are compared as "higher" and "lower" in the sense associated with musical melodies, which require sound whose frequency is clear and stable enough to distinguish from noise. Pitch is a major auditory attribute of musical tones, along with duration, loudness, and timbre.
  3. Pitch: A pitch is a concise verbal presentation of an idea for a film or TV series generally made by a screenwriter or film director to a film producer or studio executive in the hope of attracting development finance to pay for the writing of a screenplay.
  4. Pitch: In rock climbing and ice climbing, a pitch is a steep section of a route that requires a rope between two belays, as part of a climbing system. Standard climbing ropes are between 50 and 80 metres long, so a pitch is always shorter, between two convenient ledges if possible; longer routes are multi-pitch, requiring the re-use of the rope each time.
    • also known as Пітч
  5. Pitch a.k.a. The fundamental frequency, often referred to simply as the fundamental, is defined as the lowest frequency of a periodic waveform. In terms of a superposition of sinusoids, the fundamental frequency is the lowest frequency sinusoidal in the sum. In some contexts, the fundamental is usually abbreviated as f₀, indicating the lowest frequency counting from zero. In other contexts, it is more common to abbreviate it as f₁, the first harmonic.

Phrases with Pitch

Phrases starting with the word Pitch:

  1. pitch in
  2. Pitch Out
  3. Pitch Woo
  4. pitch into
  5. Pitch mark
  6. pitch pine
  7. pitch pipe
  8. pitch shot
  9. pitch-dark
  10. Pitch a Fit
  11. pitch apple
  12. pitch black
  13. Pitch class

Phrases ending with the word Pitch:

  1. to pitch
  2. low pitch
  3. high pitch
  4. high-pitch
  5. wild pitch
  6. fever pitch
  7. Jew's Pitch

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pitch

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Perception (2010)

by E. Bruce Goldstein

Pitch is a subjective attribute of sound that allows one to enjoy a musical melody, differentiate between talkers, and identify many...

Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

pitch' noun pitches 1 A pitch is an area of ground marked out for a game: a football pilch.

Google previewThe Educational Weekly (1884)

The middle pitch is the natural key, and is used in ordinary conversation; it varies somewhat in different people according to habit, or the structure of the vocal organs. (b.) The high pitch is any key above the middle pitch and is used in calling, ...

Google previewThe Perfect Pitch (2009)

How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood by Ken Rotcop

Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show “The pitch is an executive's first impression of you.

Google previewHarrap's essential English Dictionary (1996)

Pitch is a the degree of highness or lowness of a voice or musical note, b the quality of a sound in music.

Google previewTales from the Deadball Era (2014)

Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History by Mark S. Halfon

the next pitch is a ball” or “A dime the next pitch is a strike”. 24 DEADBALL ERA HIGHLIGHTS.

Google previewA Textbook Of Engineering Physics (As Per Vtu Syllabus) (2007)

by S.O. Pillai, Pillai Sivakami

Pitch The sensation produced by a sound in the brain of a person or listener is called pitch. Pitch differentiates...

Pitch is a physiological quantity because it is only a sensation a human being or a listener feels. Hence it ...

Google previewCompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide (2012)

Exams 220-801 and 220-802 by Quentin Docter, Emmett Dulaney, Toby Skandier

Dot pitch is a physical characteristic of the monitor hardware, but resolution is configurable through software. Dot pitch Dot pitch is the measurement between the same. FIGURE 4.1 Cutaway of a CRT monitor As LCD elements got smaller, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1980)

Volume 11 - Computer-Aided Process Analysis to Copyright by John J. McKetta Jr

Variable pitch propeller fans Louvers operate by creating a restriction to the flow of air and therefore do not save any energy with reduced flow of air. Two-speed motors and Auto- Variable fans do save horsepower with reduction of air flow.

Google previewAutomobile Dictionary (2010)

by Albert Clough

Pitch Circle — In a spur gear, the imaginary circle, which, if rolled without slippage upon the pitch circle of a mated gear, would produce the same relative angular velocities as are real- '.ed in the two gears when they work together in practice.

Google previewLean Lexicon (2014)

A Graphical Glossary for Lean Thinkers by John Shook, Chet Marchwinski

(Pitch is the takt time multipliedbythe pack-out quantity.)In the caseofProduct A, the pitchis20 minutes and there is one kanban in theslotfor each timeinterval. However, thepitch for Product Bis 10 minutes,sothere are two kanbanineach slot.

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

-itch, bitch, ditch, fitch, flitch, glitch, hitch, itch, kitsch, niche, pitch, quitch, rich, snitch, stitch, switch, twitch, which, witch; backstitch, bewitch, catch stitch, chain stitch, clove hitch, cross-stitch, eldritch, enrich, half hitch, hand- stitch, hemstitch, kulich ...

Google previewThe Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999)

by Don Michael Randel

As is discussed more fully below, the frequency of a pure tone determines its * pitch, higher frequencies corresponding to higher pitches. The frequency 440 cps corresponds to the "concert A" produced when the tines of the tuning fork vibrate ...

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Quotes about Pitch

You can actually have a pitch button, you know, to get people on pitch. (Helena Bonham Carter)
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Scrabble value of P3I1T1C3H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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