Amboyna pitch, the resin of Dammara australis. See Kauri.Burgundy pitch. See under Burgundy.Canada pitch, the resinous exudation of the hemlock tree (Abies Canadensis); hemlock gum. Jew's pitch, bitumen.Mineral pitch. See Bitumen and Asphalt.Pitch coal(Min.), bituminous coal.Pitch peat(Min.), a black homogeneous peat, with a waxy luster.Pitch pine(Bot.), any one of several species of pine, yielding pitch, esp. the Pinus rigida of North America.

(Pitch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pitched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pitching.] [See Pitch, n.]

1. To cover over or smear with pitch. Gen. vi. 14.

2. Fig.: To darken; to blacken; to obscure.

The welkin pitched with sullen could.

(Pitch) v. t. [OE. picchen; akin to E. pick, pike.]

1. To throw, generally with a definite aim or purpose; to cast; to hurl; to toss; as, to pitch quoits; to pitch hay; to pitch a ball.

2. To thrust or plant in the ground, as stakes or poles; hence, to fix firmly, as by means of poles; to establish; to arrange; as, to pitch a tent; to pitch a camp.

3. To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as an embankment or a roadway. Knight.

4. To fix or set the tone of; as, to pitch a tune.

5. To set or fix, as a price or value. [Obs.] Shak.

Pitched battle, a general battle; a battle in which the hostile forces have fixed positions; — in distinction from a skirmish.To pitch into, to attack; to assault; to abuse. [Slang]

(Pitch), v. i.

1. To fix or place a tent or temporary habitation; to encamp. "Laban with his brethren pitched in the Mount of Gilead." Gen. xxxi. 25.

Pita to Pitman

(||Pi"ta) n. [Sp.] (Bot.) (a) A fiber obtained from the Agave Americana and other related species, — used for making cordage and paper. Called also pita fiber, and pita thread. (b) The plant which yields the fiber.

(Pit`a*ha"ya) n. [Sp., prob. from the native name.] (Bot.) A cactaceous shrub (Cereus Pitajaya) of tropical America, which yields a delicious fruit.

(Pit"a*pat`) adv. [An onomatopoetic reduplication of pat a light, quick blow.] In a flutter; with palpitation or quick succession of beats. Lowell. "The fox's heart went pitapat." L'Estrange.

(Pit"a*pat`), n. A light, repeated sound; a pattering, as of the rain. "The pitapat of a pretty foot." Dryden.

(Pitch) n. [OE. pich, AS. pic, L. pix; akin to Gr. .]

1. A thick, black, lustrous, and sticky substance obtained by boiling down tar. It is used in calking the seams of ships; also in coating rope, canvas, wood, ironwork, etc., to preserve them.

He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.
Ecclus. xiii. 1.

2. (Geol.) See Pitchstone.

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