(1)   The action or manner of throwing something
"His pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor"
(2)   (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
(3)   Abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
"The pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
(4)   An all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
(5)   A high approach shot in golf
(6)   The property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
(7)   Degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
"The roof had a steep pitch"
(8)   Promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
(9)   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"
(10)   Any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue


(11)   Set the level or character of
"She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience"
(12)   Set to a certain pitch
"He pitched his voice very low"
(13)   Lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
(14)   Hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
(15)   Throw or toss with a light motion
"Flip me the beachball"
"Toss me newspaper"
(16)   Erect and fasten
"Pitch a tent"
(17)   Move abruptly
"The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
(18)   Heel over
"The tower is tilting"
"The ceiling is slanting"
(19)   Fall or plunge forward
"She pitched over the railing of the balcony"
(20)   Be at an angle
"The terrain sloped down"
(21)   Sell or offer for sale from place to place

Etymology 1

From , from .


  1. A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
    It is hard to get this pitch off of my hand.
  2. A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.
    They put pitch on the mast to protect it. The barrel was sealed with pitch.
    It was pitch black because there was no moon.

Etymology 2

From , from


  1. The act of pitching a baseball.
    The pitch was low and inside.
  2. The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or field hockey is played.
    The teams met on the pitch.
  3. An effort to sell or promote something.
    He gave me a sales pitch.
  4. 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.
    The pitch of pixels on the point scale is 72 pixels per inch.
    The pitch of this saw is perfect for that type of wood.
  5. The angle at which an object sits.
    The pitch of the roof or haystack
  6. More specifically, the rotation angle about the transverse axis.
  7. A measure of the degree to which an aircraft's nose tilts up or down.
    The pitch of an aircraft
  8. A measure of the angle of attack of a propeller.
    The propellor blades' pitch
  9. 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.
  10. The place where a busker performs.
  11. An area in a market (or similar) allocated to a particular trader.
  12. An intensity.
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 11.
      But, except the mind be disordered by disease or madness, they never can arrive at such a pitch of vivacity
  13. A section of a climb or rock face; specifically, the climbing distance between belays or stances.
  14. A vertical cave passage, only negotiable by using rope or ladders.
    The entrance pitch requires 30 metres of rope.


  1. To throw.
    He pitched the horseshoe.
  2. To throw (the ball) toward home plate.
    The hurler pitched a curveball.
    He pitched high and inside.
  3. To play baseball in the position of pitcher.
    Bob pitches today.
  4. To throw away; discard.
    He pitched the candy wrapper.
  5. To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell.
    He pitched the idea for months with no takers.
  6. To deliver in a certain tone or style, or with a certain audience in mind.
    At which level should I pitch my presentation?
  7. To assemble or erect (a tent).
    Pitch the tent over there.
  8. To move so that the front of an aircraft or ship goes alternatively up and down.
    The typhoon pitched the deck of the ship.
    The airplane pitched.
  9. To play a short, high, lofty shot that lands with backspin.
    The only way to get on the green from here is to pitch the ball over the bunker.
  10. To bounce on the playing surface.
    The ball pitched well short of the batsman.
  11. To settle and build up, without melting.

Related terms


  1. The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
    The pitch of middle "C" is familiar to many musicians.
  2. In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
    Bob, our pitch, let out a clear middle "C" and our conductor gave the signal to start.


  1. To produce a note of a given pitch.

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