Meaning of PITCH in English


I. pitch 1 S3 W3 /pɪtʃ/ BrE AmE noun

[ Sense 1-5, 7-9: Date: 1400-1500 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ pitch 2 ]

[ Sense 6: Language: Old English ; Origin: pic , from Latin pix ]

1 . SPORTS FIELD [countable] British English a marked out area of ground on which a sport is played SYN field

football/cricket/rugby etc pitch

the world-famous Wembley football pitch

He ran the length of the pitch and scored.

on the pitch (=playing a sport)

Jack was on the pitch for his school in the Senior Cup Final.

2 . STRONG FEELINGS/ACTIVITY [singular, uncountable] a strong level of feeling about something or a high level of an activity or a quality:

The controversy reached such a pitch (=become so strong) that the paper devoted a whole page to it.

a pitch of excitement/excellence/perfection etc (=a high level of excitement etc)

He screamed at her in a pitch of fury.

The goal roused the crowd to fever pitch (=a very excited level) .


a) [singular, uncountable] how high or low a note or other sound is:

Ultrasonic waves are at a higher pitch than the human ear can hear.

b) [uncountable] the ability of a musician to play or sing a note at exactly the correct level:

She’s got perfect pitch.

4 . PERSUADING [countable] informal the things someone says to persuade people to buy something, do something, or accept an idea:

an aggressive salesman with a fast-talking sales pitch

make a/sb’s pitch (for something) (=try to persuade people to do something)

He made his strongest pitch yet for standardized testing in schools.

5 . BASEBALL [countable] a throw of the ball, or a way in which it can be thrown:

His first pitch was high and wide.

6 . BLACK SUBSTANCE [uncountable] a black sticky substance that is used on roofs, the bottoms of ships etc to stop water coming through:

The night was as black as pitch (=very dark) .

⇨ ↑ pitch-black , ↑ pitch-dark

7 . SHIP/AIRCRAFT [uncountable] an up and down movement of a ship or an aircraft ⇨ roll :

the pitch and roll of the ship

8 . SLOPE [singular, uncountable] the degree to which a roof slopes or the sloping part of a roof:

the steep pitch of the roof

9 . STREET/MARKET [countable] British English a place in a public area where someone goes to sell things or where an entertainer goes to perform:

We found the boy at his usual pitch at the bottom of the Acropolis.

⇨ queer sb’s pitch/queer the pitch for somebody at ↑ queer 3

II. pitch 2 BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Origin: Origin unknown ]

1 . THROW [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to throw something with a lot of force, often aiming carefully:

She crumpled up the page and pitched it into the fire.

2 .


a) [intransitive and transitive] to aim and throw a ball in baseball

pitch to

Stanton pitched to two batters in the ninth inning.

b) [intransitive] if a ball pitches in ↑ cricket or golf, it hits the ground

c) [transitive] to hit the ball in a high curve in golf

d) [transitive] to make the ball hit the ground when you are ↑ bowl ing in ↑ cricket

3 . FALL [I, T always + adv/prep] to fall or be moved suddenly in a particular direction, or to make someone or something do this

pitch (somebody/something) forward/backward/over etc

She slipped and pitched forward onto the ground.

pitch somebody/something into/onto/through etc something

Without a seat belt, you can easily be pitched right through the windscreen.

4 . SHIP/PLANE [intransitive] if a ship or an aircraft pitches, it moves up and down in an uncontrolled way with the movement of the water or air ⇨ ↑ roll 2 (4), ↑ yaw

5 . SET A LEVEL [transitive usually passive]

a) to set a speech, examination, explanation etc at a particular level of difficulty

pitch something at a high level/the right level etc

The projects were pitched at a number of different levels.

Some questions were pitched too high for intermediate students.

b) British English to set prices at a particular level

pitch something at something

Room rates are pitched at £69 for a single.

6 . AIM PRODUCT [transitive usually passive] to aim a product at a particular type of organization, group of people etc, or to describe it in a particular way, in order to sell it

pitch something at somebody/something

The new machine will be pitched at users in the hotel and air reservation business.

pitch something as something

It is pitched as a cheaper alternative to other workstations.

7 . BUSINESS DEALS [intransitive and transitive] informal to try to persuade someone to do business with you, buy something etc

pitch for business/contracts/custom etc

Booksellers are keen to pitch for school business.

pitch to

For many companies, pitching to investors has become almost a full-time job.

sales reps pitching new gadgets

8 . VOICE/MUSIC [transitive always + adverb/preposition] if you pitch your voice or another sound at a particular level, the sound is produced at that level

pitch something high/low etc

Her voice is pitched a little too high.

⇨ ↑ high-pitched , ↑ low-pitched

9 . pitch a tent/pitch camp to set up a tent or a camp for a short time:

Try and pitch your tent on level ground.

10 . SLOPE [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to slope down

pitch gently/steeply etc

The roof pitches sharply to the rear of the house.

⇨ ↑ pitched

11 . pitch somebody a line American English informal to tell someone a story or give them an excuse that is difficult to believe:

She pitched me some line about a bomb scare on the metro.

pitch in phrasal verb informal

1 . to join others and help with an activity:

If we all pitch in, we’ll have it finished in no time.

pitch in with

Everyone pitched in with efforts to entertain the children.

2 . to join others and pay part of the money towards something:

They all pitched in and the money was collected within a few days.

3 . British English to start to eat hungrily:

Pitch in – there’s plenty.

pitch into somebody/something phrasal verb British English informal

1 . to suddenly start criticizing someone or hitting them:

She pitched into me as soon as I started to speak.

2 . to start doing something, especially quickly and eagerly:

Rick pitched into decorating the house at once.

pitch up phrasal verb British English spoken

to arrive somewhere SYN turn up :

Wait a bit longer – Bill hasn’t pitched up yet.

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■ to throw a ball in a sport

▪ pass to throw the ball to another member of your team:

He passed the ball to Wilkinson, who kicked the ball over the goalposts.

▪ pitch to throw the ball to the batter in a game of baseball:

Stoddard pitched for the Chicago White Sox.

▪ bowl to throw the ball towards the person who is batting in a game of cricket:

Harmison bowled superbly and took 5 wickets.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.