PITCH . (I) (0 . Eng. pic, anadaptation of
See also:Lat. pix, picis, Gr. vivo—a, 7rirra, allied with Gr . 7rLTVr,
See also:tree, Lat. pines), the name of various substances of dark
See also:colour and of extremely viscid and tenacious consistency when subjected to
See also:heat . Strictly the
See also:term is applied to the resinous substance obtained as a solid residuum by the
See also:distillation of
See also:tar (see TAR), or the non-resinous substance similarly produced from
See also:Coal-tar (q.v.) . The name is also applied to the natural
See also:mineral sub-stances, i.e.
See also:asphalt or
See also:bitumen (qq.v.) . (2) A noun of various meanings which are somewhat difficult to connect with the verb from which they apparently must be derived . " To pitch " means primarily to thrust in or
See also:fix a stake or other pointed
See also:object into the ground, hence to place in a fixed position, set in
See also:cast or throw, hence to incline or slope . The etymology is obscure, but it appears in
See also:Northern dialects as " pick," of which it may be a variant; there is some difficulty in connecting this
See also:form with " pick," variant of " pike " (q.v.) .
ARCHIBALD PITCAIRNE (1652-1713)
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