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pitch




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pitch
     1. n. A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
           It is hard to get this pitch off my hand.
     2. n. 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.
     3. n. (geology) Pitchstone.
     4. v. To cover or smear with pitch.
     5. v. To darken; to blacken; to obscure.
     6. n. A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand.
           a good pitch in quoits
     7. n. (baseball) The act of pitching a baseball.
           The pitch was low and inside.
     8. n. (sports) (Australia) 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" i
           The teams met on the pitch.
     9. n. An effort to sell or promote something.
           He gave me a sales pitch.
     10. n. 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 pitch of pixels on the point scale is 72 pixels per inch.
           The pitch of this saw is perfect for that type of wood.
           A helical scan with a pitch of zero is equivalent to constant z-axis scanning.
     11. n. The angle at which an object sits.
           the pitch of the roof or haystack
     12. n. A level or degree, or (by extension), a peak or highest degree.
     13. n. The rotation angle about the transverse axis.
     14. n.          (nautical, aviation) The degree to which a vehicle, especially a ship or aircraft, rotates on such an axis, tilting its bow or nose up or down. Compare
                   the pitch of an aircraft
     15. n.          (aviation) A measure of the angle of attack of a propeller.
                   The propeller blades' pitch went to zero as the engine was feathered.
     16. n. The place where a busker performs.
     17. n. An area in a market (or similar) allocated to a particular trader.
     18. n. An area on a campsite intended for occupation by a single tent, caravan or similar.
     19. n. A point or peak; the extreme point of elevation or depression.
     20. n. (climbing) A section of a climb or rock face; specifically, the climbing distance between belays or stances.
     21. n. (caving) A vertical cave passage, only negotiable by using rope or ladders.
           The entrance pitch requires 30 metres of rope.
     22. n. (now British, regional) A person or animal's height.
     23. n. (cricket) That point of the ground on which the ball pitches or lights when bowled.
     24. n. A descent; a fall; a thrusting down.
     25. n. The point where a declivity begins; hence, the declivity itself; a descending slope; the degree or rate of descent or slope; slant.
           a steep pitch in the road;  the pitch of a roof
     26. n. (mining) The limit of ground set to a miner who receives a share of the ore taken out.
     27. v. To throw.
           He pitched the horseshoe.
     28. v. (transitive, or intransitive, baseball) To throw (the ball) toward a batter at home plate.
           (transitive) The hurler pitched a curveball.
           (intransitive) He pitched high and inside.
     29. v. (intransitive, baseball) To play baseball in the position of pitcher.
           Bob pitches today.
     30. v. To throw away; discard.
           He pitched the candy wrapper.
     31. v. To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell.
           He pitched the idea for months with no takers.
     32. v. To deliver in a certain tone or style, or with a certain audience in mind.
           At which level should I pitch my presentation?
     33. v. To assemble or erect (a tent).
           Pitch the tent over there.
     34. v. (intransitive) To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp.
     35. v. (ambitransitive, aviation, or nautical) To move so that the front of an aircraft or ship goes alternatively up and down.
           (transitive) The typhoon pitched the deck of the ship.
           (intransitive) The airplane pitched.
     36. v. (transitive, golf) 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.
     37. v. (intransitive, cricket) To bounce on the playing surface.
           The ball pitched well short of the batsman.
     38. v. (intransitive, Bristol, of snow) To settle and build up, without melting.
     39. v. (intransitive, archaic) To alight; to settle; to come to rest from flight.
     40. v. (with on or upon) To fix one's choice.
     41. v. (intransitive) To plunge or fall; especially, to fall forward; to decline or slope.
           to pitch from a precipice
           The field pitches toward the east.
     42. v. (transitive, of an embankment, roadway) To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones.
     43. v. (transitive, of a price, value) To set or fix.
     44. v. (transitive, card games, slang) To discard for some gain.
     45. n. (music, phonetics) The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
           The pitch of middle "C" is familiar to many musicians.
     46. n. (music) 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.
     47. v. (intransitive) To produce a note of a given pitch.
     48. v. To fix or set the tone of.

Example Sentences

This area is as big as a football pitch. 
It's pitch black outside. 
Let's pitch the tent while it's still light. 
It was pitch black outside. 
It was pitch-dark outside tonight. 



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