Definition of pitch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪtʃ//
    Soccer, Describing music, Cricket, Phonetics
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    for sport
  1. 1  (British English) (also field North American English, British English) [countable] an area of ground specially prepared and marked for playing a sports game a football/cricket/rugby pitch The rugby tour was a disaster both on and off the pitch. After the game fans invaded the pitch. See related entries: Soccer, Cricket
  2. of sound
  3. 2   [singular, uncountable] how high or low a sound is, especially a musical note A basic sense of rhythm and pitch is essential in a music teacher. see also perfect pitch See related entries: Describing music, Phonetics
  4. degree/strength
  5. 3[singular, uncountable] the degree or strength of a feeling or activity; the highest point of something a frenetic pitch of activity Speculation has reached such a pitch that a decision will have to be made immediately.
  6. see also fever pitch
    to sell something
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] talk or arguments used by a person trying to sell things or persuade people to do something an aggressive sales pitch the candidate’s campaign pitch Each company was given ten minutes to make its pitch.
  8. in baseball
  9. 5[countable] an act of throwing the ball; the way in which it is thrown Synonymsthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob bowl pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing stones at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car’s windscreen.fling to throw somebody/​something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (especially British English, informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:They were lobbing stones over the wall.bowl (in cricket) to throw the ball to the batsmanpitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch something at/​to somebody/​something to throw/​toss/​fling/​chuck something aside/​away to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch a ball to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck stones/​rocks/​a brick to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling something angrily to throw/​toss something casually/​carelessly
  10. black substance
  11. 6[uncountable] a black sticky substance made from oil or coal, used on roofs or the wooden boards of a ship to stop water from coming through
  12. in street/market
  13. 7[countable] (British English) a place in a street or market where somebody sells things, or where a street entertainer usually performs
  14. of ship/aircraft
  15. 8[uncountable] (specialist) the movement of a ship up and down in the water or of an aircraft in the air compare roll
  16. of roof
  17. 9[singular, uncountable] (specialist) the degree to which a roof slopes
  18. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 and noun senses 7 to 9 Middle English (as a verb in the senses ‘thrust (something pointed) into the ground’ and ‘fall headlong’): perhaps related to Old English picung ‘stigmata’, of unknown ultimate origin. The sense development is obscure. noun sense 6 Old English pic (noun), pician (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch pek and German Pech; based on Latin pix, pic-.Extra examples Excitement rose to fever pitch the day before the game. Farley was about to make a pitch to a big client. He was the best player on the pitch today. Her voice fell in pitch as she grew older. His pitch to the business community was based on common sense. Marcelo will be making his pitch to a small number of potential clients. Negotiations about his transfer are continuing off the pitch. Police could do nothing to stop the pitch invasion. The executives listened open-mouthed as she seamlessly delivered a pitch for their business. The instrument is not tuned to the correct pitch. The pitch was invaded by angry fans. The players have just come off the pitch. a strong pitch delivered by advertising executives to reach a high pitch of excitement Having perfect pitch means that I can hear a note and tell you that it’s a G, or a B flat, or whatever. The game ended in chaos with fans invading the pitch. The pitch of the drum can be raised by tightening the skin. The pitch of the roof is 45 degrees.Idioms
    make a pitch for somebody/something, make a pitch to somebody
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    to make a determined effort to get something or to persuade somebody of something He made a pitch to black voters in Alabama.
    queer somebody’s pitch, queer the pitch (for somebody)
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    (British English, informal) to spoil somebody’s plans or their chances of getting something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pitch