Other forms: pitched; pitching; pitches

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.

Definitions of pitch
  1. noun
    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
    the pitch range of the highest male voice
    pitch of the voice
    low frequency, low pitch
    a pitch that is perceived as below other pitches
    the pitch range of the lowest female voice
    (of a musical instrument) the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments
    the lowest part of the musical range
    (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
    the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch
    a low pitch that is loud and voluminous
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    sound property
    an attribute of sound
  2. verb
    set to a certain pitch
    “He pitched his voice very low”
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    put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state
  3. verb
    set the level or character of
    “She pitched her speech to the teenagers in the audience”
    synonyms: gear
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    popularise, popularize
    make understandable to the general public
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    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  4. noun
    the action or manner of throwing something
    “his pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor”
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    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  5. noun
    (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
    synonyms: delivery
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    an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
    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
    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
    a pitch with reverse spin that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown
    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
    (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
    a fastball that curves slightly away from the side from which it was thrown
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    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  6. verb
    throw or toss with a light motion
    synonyms: flip, sky, toss
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    throw with an underhand motion
    throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins
    throw back, toss back
    throw back with a quick, light motion
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    throw with force or recklessness
  7. verb
    throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball
    synonyms: deliver
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    propel through the air
  8. verb
    hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
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    cause to move by striking
  9. noun
    a high approach shot in golf
    synonyms: pitch shot
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    approach, approach shot
    a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
  10. noun
    promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
    synonyms: sales pitch, sales talk
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    packaging, promotion, promotional material, publicity
    a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution
  11. noun
    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”
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    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  12. verb
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
    synonyms: hawk, huckster, monger, peddle, vend
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    deal, sell, trade
    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  13. noun
    abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
    synonyms: lurch, pitching
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    careen, rock, sway, tilt
    pitching dangerously to one side
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    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  14. verb
    move abruptly
    synonyms: lurch, shift
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    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  15. verb
    fall or plunge forward
    “She pitched over the railing of the balcony”
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    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  16. verb
    heel over
    synonyms: cant, cant over, slant, tilt
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    tilt or slant to one side
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  17. noun
    degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
    “the roof had a steep pitch
    synonyms: rake, slant
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    (golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
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    gradient, slope
    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal
  18. verb
    be at an angle
    synonyms: incline, slope
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    slope upwards
    sag, bend, bend over or down
    slope downward
    slope upward
    slope downwards
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    angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
    incline or bend from a vertical position
  19. noun
    an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
    synonyms: auction pitch
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    all fours, high-low-jack
    card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
  20. verb
    lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
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    put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
  21. verb
    erect and fasten
    pitch a tent”
    synonyms: set up
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    camp, camp down
    establish or set up a camp
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    erect, rear
    cause to rise up
  22. noun
    any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue
    synonyms: tar
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    coal tar
    a tar formed from distillation of bituminous coal; coal tar can be further distilled to give various aromatic compounds
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    any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons




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