pitch

In baseball, the ball is pitched (thrown). Elsewhere, writers, salesmen, and other folks make pitches (proposals).

There's a long list of pitches, both nouns and verbs. A salesman can give you a sales pitch, when he tells you all the reasons you should buy what he's selling. A high, short golf shot is a pitch. If you are singing the right notes to a song then you are on pitch. A rocking boat is pitching. The only way to know which pitch is meant is to look at the situation and who's using the word.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: pitch

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the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
set to a certain pitch
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the action or manner of throwing something
throw or toss with a light motion
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hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
a high approach shot in golf
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promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
sell or offer for sale from place to place
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abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
move abruptly
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degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
be at an angle
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an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
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erect and fasten
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any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: pitch
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n the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration

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concert pitch, international pitch, philharmonic pitch
the pitch used to tune instruments for concert performances; usually assigns 440 Hz to the A above middle C
high frequency, high pitch
a pitch that is perceived as above other pitches
soprano, treble
the pitch range of the highest female voice
tenor
the pitch range of the highest male voice
key
pitch of the voice
low frequency, low pitch
a pitch that is perceived as below other pitches
alto
the pitch range of the lowest female voice
alto
(of a musical instrument) the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments
bass
the lowest part of the musical range
tone
(linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
tune
the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch
deepness
a low pitch that is loud and voluminous
Type of:
sound property
an attribute of sound

v set to a certain pitch

“He pitched his voice very low”
Type of:
set
put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state

v set the level or character of

“She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience”
Synonyms:
gear
Types:
popularise, popularize
make understandable to the general public
Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
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n the action or manner of throwing something

“his pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor”
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

n (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

Synonyms:
delivery
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balk
an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
ball
a pitch that is not in the strike zone
beanball, beaner
a baseball deliberately thrown at the batter's head
change-of-pace, change-of-pace ball, change-up, off-speed pitch
a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
bender, breaking ball, curve, curve ball
a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
duster
a pitch thrown deliberately close to the batter
bullet, fastball, heater, hummer, smoke
(baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
knuckleball, knuckler
a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
overhand pitch
a baseball pitch in which the hand moves above the shoulder
passed ball
a pitch that the catcher should have caught but did not; allows a base runner to advance a base
screwball
a pitch with reverse spin that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown
sinker
a pitch that curves downward rapidly as it approaches the plate
spitball, spitter
an illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it
strike
(baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders
submarine ball, submarine pitch
a pitch thrown sidearm instead of overhead
wild pitch
an errant pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that allows a base runner to advance a base
slider
a fastball that curves slightly away from the side from which it was thrown
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

v throw or toss with a light motion

Synonyms:
flip, sky, toss
Types:
submarine
throw with an underhand motion
lag
throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins
throw back, toss back
throw back with a quick, light motion
Type of:
fling
throw with force or recklessness

v throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball

Synonyms:
deliver
Type of:
throw
propel through the air
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v hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

n a high approach shot in golf

Synonyms:
pitch shot
Type of:
approach, approach shot
a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
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n promotion by means of an argument and demonstration

Synonyms:
sales pitch, sales talk
Type of:
packaging, promotion, promotional material, publicity
a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution

n a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk)

“he was employed to see that his paper's news pitches were not trespassed upon by rival vendors”
Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

v sell or offer for sale from place to place

Synonyms:
hawk, huckster, monger, peddle, vend
Type of:
deal, sell, trade
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
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n abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

Synonyms:
lurch, pitching
Types:
careen, rock, sway, tilt
pitching dangerously to one side
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

v move abruptly

Synonyms:
lurch, shift
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v fall or plunge forward

“She pitched over the railing of the balcony”
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v heel over

Synonyms:
cant, cant over, slant, tilt
Types:
cock
tilt or slant to one side
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
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n degree of deviation from a horizontal plane

“the roof had a steep pitch
Synonyms:
rake, slant
Types:
loft
(golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
Type of:
gradient, slope
the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

v be at an angle

Synonyms:
incline, slope
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ascend
slope upwards
stoop
sag, bend, bend over or down
fall
slope downward
climb
slope upward
dip
slope downwards
Type of:
angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
to incline or bend from a vertical position
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n an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump

Synonyms:
auction pitch
Type of:
all fours, high-low-jack
card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game

v lead (a card) and establish the trump suit

Type of:
play
put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
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v erect and fasten

pitch a tent”
Synonyms:
set up
Types:
camp, camp down
establish or set up a camp
Type of:
erect, rear
cause to rise up
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n any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue

Synonyms:
tar
Types:
coal tar
a tar formed from distillation of bituminous coal; coal tar can be further distilled to give various aromatic compounds
Type of:
bitumen
any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons
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