Sense: 1-5, 7-9
|Origin:||Old English pic, from Latin pix|
a marked out area of ground on which a sport is played [= field]
sports field[countable] British EnglishDSDS
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.
a strong level of feeling about something or a high level of an activity or a quality:
strong feelings/activity[singular, uncountable]
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) 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.
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/somebody's pitch (for something) (=try to persuade people to do something)
He made his strongest pitch yet for standardized testing in schools.
a throw of the ball, or a way in which it can be thrown:
His first pitch was high and wide.
a black, sticky substance that is used on roofs, the bottoms of ships etc to stop water coming through: ➔ pitch-black, pitch-dark
The night was as black as pitch (=very dark).
an up and down movement of a ship or an aircraft [↪ roll]:
the pitch and roll of the ship
the degree to which a roof slopes or the sloping part of a roof:
the steep pitch of the roof
a place in a public area where someone who sells things to people goes to sell things or where an entertainer goes to sell things or perform:
street/market[countable] British EnglishDL
We found the boy at his usual pitch at the bottom of the Acropolis.