From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpitchpitch1 /pɪtʃ/ ●●○ S3 W3 noun 1 sports field [countable] British EnglishDSDS a marked out area of ground on which a sport is played syn fieldfootball/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]EMOTIONAL 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).3 music a) APM[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) APM[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] informalBBT the things someone says to persuade people to buy something, do something, or accept an idea an aggressive salesman with a fast-talking sales pitchmake a/somebody’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]DSB 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]TI 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-dark7 ship/aircraft [uncountable]TTATTS an up and down movement of a ship or an aircraft → roll the pitch and roll of the ship8 slope [singular, uncountable]HORIZONTAL the degree to which a roof slopes or the sloping part of a roof the steep pitch of the roof9 street/market [countable] British EnglishDL 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 somebody’s pitch/queer the pitch for somebody at queer3
Examples from the Corpuspitch• Thomas already was widely admired for his combination of power and pitch selection.• The village has attractive playing fields, with a football and cricket pitch.• The same syllables were sung repeatedly at a number of different pitches.• Tavarez got Sanders to ground into an inning-ending double play on his first pitch.• Ryan's first pitch was high and wide.• Swindon Town away against Sunderland has been postponed because of a water-logged pitch at Roker Park.• There, Williams wowed national coaches with her array of pitches.• Kendrick's pitch was good throughout the first aria.• Barnett ruled a two-strike pitch from Shawn Boskie was a called third strike.• The President made his strongest pitch yet for standardized testing in schools.• Son of Star Wars replicates that pitch.• As the vehicle approaches, the pitch of its siren increases and then it decreases as the vehicle speeds past.• Then start to lower the pitch attitude by maximum stages of a half bar. 3.• Some of the fans rushed onto the pitch at the end of the match• the pitch of the roof• The pitch went wide.football/cricket/rugby etc pitch• In abeyance at the moment is a cricket pitch.• There is a playing field with equipment for the younger members of the community, and a football and cricket pitch.• There will also be a floodlit multi-purpose outside court, and two hockey and football pitches.• Since the school took up so much space on the island, the rugby pitches were the size of tennis courts.• He looked as if he had just walked off the cricket pitch.• It had not been spent on the football pitch, however, nor the training ground.• An orderly queue was formed, stretching throughout the corridors of Hardside and out on to the rugby pitches.• The garden will double as go-kart track, cricket pitch, tennis court.reached ... pitch• When nagging failed, her frustration reached a pitch in which she screamed and threw objects round the house.• But he had reached a pitch where he couldn't give up.• Bankside activity has reached such a pitch, even at night, that the carp will not come near the margins.• Speculation about the deportations have reached fever pitch in Hong Kong.• Public support for the system was waning steadily as accusations of sleaze in high places reached fever pitch.• But as the game's tempo reached fever pitch, Saunders squandered a golden opportunity to grab an equaliser.perfect pitch• The woodwind maintained a perfect pitch and, like the strings and brass, produced a consistently voluptuous sound.• In pastoral terms, the program had perfect pitch.• Tom had perfect pitch and a wonderful recall and he could sing whole passages from Boccherini's aviary music.• You had perfect pitch, my love.• I have neither perfect pitch nor a head for mathematics, and anyway who wants to compute the speed of history?• In essays on whisky-tasting, sheath knives, deer hunting, he has a kind of perfect pitch.• Computer games that require a player to recognise perfect pitch might also help, Saffran says.• But the five people in Saffran's group with perfect pitch had started learning aged four.sales pitch• Don't give them a sales pitch because there is nothing more irritating.• Personally I think this is another of his sales pitches.• There was nothing spectacular about my sales pitch except the language in which it was couched.• The analogy of the sales pitch is revealing, for advertisers do not promote their product merely by providing information about it.• Yadda, yadda, enough with the sales pitch and on to the point.• The sales pitch can be so slick that many consumers don't even realize they have bought magazines until the bill arrives.• The sales pitch is a wonderful movie moment.• Many of us are too polite to resist their pressure and we end up sacrificing our time to their sales pitch.pitch and roll• Check pitch and roll attitude whilst re-setting. 3.• Some types allow full freedom in pitch and roll, but older instruments are limited to 60° pitch and 90° roll.• There will be no direct indication of pitch and roll.• Hold the required pitch and roll attitude and check balance and heading. 8.• This one was maybe fifteen foot, the most difficult of the set, pitching and rolling like a drunk.• The violent pitching and rolling began at 10: 54 a.m.• The Land Rover was pitching and rolling over the southern brow like a small seagoing craft.