1 [mass noun] the quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it; the degree of highness or lowness of a tone:her voice rose steadily in pitch a standard degree of highness or lowness used in performance:the guitars were strung and tuned to pitchSee also concert pitch. 2 [mass noun] the steepness of a slope, especially of a roof. [count noun] Climbing a section of a climb, especially a steep one. the height to which a hawk soars before swooping on its prey. 3 [in singular] a level of the intensity of something, especially a high level:the media furore reached such a pitch that the company withdrew the product 4British an area of ground marked out or used for play in an outdoor team game:a football pitch Cricket the strip of ground between the two sets of stumps: both batsmen were stranded in the middle of the pitch 5 Baseball a delivery of the ball by the pitcher. (also pitch of the ball) Cricket the spot where the ball bounces when bowled. (also pitch shot) Golf a high approach shot on to the green. 6a form of words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something:he put over a very strong sales pitch 7British a place where a street vendor or performer stations themselves or sets up a stall: the traders had already reserved their pitches 8 [mass noun] a swaying or oscillation of a ship, aircraft, or vehicle around a horizontal axis perpendicular to the direction of motion: the pitch and roll of the ship
9 [mass noun] technical the distance between successive corresponding points or lines, for example between the teeth of a cogwheel. a measure of the angle of the blades of a screw propeller, equal to the distance forward a blade would move in one revolution if it exerted no thrust on the medium. the density of typed or printed characters on a line, typically expressed as numbers of characters per inch. 1 [with object and adverbial] set (one’s voice or a piece of music) at a particular pitch:you’ve pitched the melody very high set or aim at a particular level, target, or audience:he should pitch his talk at a suitable level for the age group 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] throw roughly or casually:he crumpled the page up and pitched it into the fireplace [no object, with adverbial of direction] fall heavily, especially headlong:she pitched forward into blackness 3 [with object] Baseball throw (the ball) for the batter to try to hit. Cricket (of a bowler) cause (the ball) to strike the ground at a particular point:all too often you pitch the ball short Golf hit (the ball) on to the green with a pitch shot. [no object] Cricket
& Golf (of the ball) strike the ground in a particular spot: the ball pitched, began to spin back, and rolled towards the hole
4 [no object] make a bid to obtain a contract or other business:I’ve been pitching for this account for over a month [with object] try to persuade someone to buy or accept (something):they pitched the story to various magazines and newspapers 5 [with object] set up and fix in position:we pitched camp for the night Cricket fix (the stumps) in the ground and place the bails in preparation for play: the stumps were pitched at 12 o’clock 6 [no object] (of a moving ship, aircraft, or vehicle) rock or oscillate around a lateral axis, so that the front moves up and down:the little steamer pressed on, pitching gently (of a vehicle) move with a vigorous jolting motion:a Land Rover came pitching round the hillside 7 [with object] cause (a roof) to slope downwards from the ridge:the roof was pitched at an angle of 75 degrees [no object] slope downwards:the ravine pitches down to the creek 8 [with object] pave (a road) with stones: another sort of stone is used for pitching streets
9 [with object] (in brewing) add yeast to (wort) to induce fermentation.