Word of the Day: pitch

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
March 3, 2016
 
pitch (verb, noun)
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A man pitching a baseball.
 
To pitch means 'to set up a tent or a camp' or 'to be at an incline or cause to be at an incline.' It also means 'to throw something,' especially the ball in baseball. Figuratively, it means 'to aim for something' and is mostly used in the expression pitch your hopes. Pitch also means 'to fall.' As a noun, pitch is the degree of intensity of something and, in music, it refers to how high or deep sounds are. Pitch is also a thick black substance used for paving roads.

 

Example sentences

 

Mark pitched the ball with all his strength.
The roof pitches at a sharp angle.
The campers pitched their tent next to the stream.
I know you want to be a rock star, but I think you might be pitching your hopes too high.
As the ship rolled, Wendy pitched forward.
The children's excitement reached its highest pitch when they got up on Christmas morning and saw the presents under the tree.
The musician concentrated on getting the pitch right.
The construction worker used pitch to fill the potholes in the road.

 

Words often used with pitch
 
sales pitch: a presentation used to try to get someone to buy something. Example: "The sales rep gave the customers her best sales pitch, but they still didn't buy the car."
fever pitch: a state of great overexcitement or frenzy. Example: "The crowd was already excited, but things reached fever pitch when the band finally appeared on the stage."
pitch dark/pitch black: very dark—as black as the pitch used for paving roads. Example: "Trevor heard a sound and tried to see if someone was there, but it was pitch dark and he couldn't see a thing."
 
Multi-word forms
 
pitch in: contribute to an effort or expense with other people. Example: "If everyone pitches in, we'll finish the job soon." "If we all pitch in $5, we'll have enough money."
make a pitch: make a presentation to try to sell something or secure approval for something. Example: "We made a pitch to the company president and managed to secure the contract."
 
Other forms
 
pitchable (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Pitch dates back to the late 12th or early 13th century; it comes from the Middle English word picchen, meaning 'to thrust,' 'pierce,' 'set,' 'set up (a tent, etc.),' 'array,' or 'throw.'
 
 
 
 
 
Pitch in other languages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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