Pitching piece(Carp.), the horizontal timber supporting the floor of a platform of a stairway, and against which the stringpieces of the sloping parts are supported.

(Pitch"-ore`) n. (Min.) Pitchblende.

(Pitch"stone`) n. (Geol.) An igneous rock of semiglassy nature, having a luster like pitch.

(Pitch"work`) n. The work of a coal miner who is paid by a share of his product.

(Pitch"y) a. [From 1st Pitch.]

1. Partaking of the qualities of pitch; resembling pitch.

2. Smeared with pitch.

3. Black; pitch-dark; dismal. "Pitchy night." Shak.

(Pit"e*ous) a. [OE. pitous, OF. pitos, F. piteux. See Pity.]

1. Pious; devout. [Obs.]

The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.

2. Evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy; compassionate; tender. "[She] piteous of his case." Pope.

She was so charitable and so pitous.

3. Fitted to excite pity or sympathy; wretched; miserable; lamentable; sad; as, a piteous case. Spenser.

The most piteous tale of Lear.

4. Paltry; mean; pitiful. "Piteous amends." Milton.

Syn. — Sorrowful; mournful; affecting; doleful; woeful; rueful; sad; wretched; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; compassionate.

Pit"e*ous*ly, adv.Pit"e*ous*ness, n.

(Pit"fall`) n. A pit deceitfully covered to entrap wild beasts or men; a trap of any kind. Sir T. North.

(Pit"fall`ing), a. Entrapping; insnaring. [R.] "Full of . . . contradiction and pitfalling dispenses." Milton.

(Pith) n. [AS. pia; akin to D. pit pith, kernel, LG. peddik. Cf. Pit a kernel.]

(Pitch"fork`), v. t. To pitch or throw with, or as with, a pitchfork.

He has been pitchforked into the footguards.
G. A. Sala.

(Pitch"i*ness) n. [From Pitchy.] Blackness, as of pitch; darkness.

(Pitch"ing), n.

1. The act of throwing or casting; a cast; a pitch; as, wild pitching in baseball.

2. The rough paving of a street to a grade with blocks of stone. Mayhew.

3. (Hydraul. Eng.) A facing of stone laid upon a bank to prevent wear by tides or currents.

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