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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ We gave up a good pitcher for him.
▪ The best pitchers are back at the front of the line, starting Thursday.
▪ They will start their best pitcher, Mike Mussina, on three days of rest in Game 6.
▪ The Giants always said he had the stuff, the command, the unflappable nature of the very best pitchers.
▪ For one brief, shining season, Steve Stone was among the best pitchers in baseball.
▪ But in the brilliant twilight at Dodger Stadium, the young pitcher got what amounts to a complete makeover.
▪ Perhaps the Giants felt his approach was not conducive to getting the most out of his staff, especially impressionable young pitchers.
▪ The Orioles were in the aftermath of their July salary purge and were ready to look at their young pitchers.
▪ Wright, the youngest pitcher to start in the Series since Bret Saberhagen in 1985, improved to 3-0 in the postseason.
▪ Our scouts feel that Ryan can be an outstanding relief pitcher.
▪ Their starting pitcher is the best in the league.
▪ Towers likely will reconstruct the bullpen and add a starting pitcher.
▪ They will start their best pitcher, Mike Mussina, on three days of rest in Game 6.
▪ Their starting pitchers hold up, as if under warranty.
▪ Quick rotation: The Padres have tried 10 starting pitchers.
▪ Todd Van Poppel, for example, looked sturdy and durable, like a starting pitcher.
▪ He apparently did a good job of communicating with his players, especially the starting pitchers.
▪ a pitcher of iced tea
▪ In Sarawak, travelers will visit Bako National Park, known for its birds, primates and pitcher plants.
▪ John le Grant sat with the others, casting a glance at the pitcher as he passed.
▪ Our man paints the pitcher with curious colours in a mysterious maze of lines.
▪ The Dodgers have 13 left-handed pitchers in camp.
▪ The girl carries the pitcher home.
▪ Their starting pitchers hold up, as if under warranty.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pitcher \Pitch"er\, n. [OE. picher, OF. pichier, OHG. pehhar, pehh[=a]ri; prob. of the same origin as E. beaker. Cf. Beaker.]

  1. A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquids, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar with a large ear or handle.

  2. (Bot.) A tubular or cuplike appendage or expansion of the leaves of certain plants.

    American pitcher plants, the species of Sarracenia. See Sarracenia.

    Australian pitcher plant, the Cephalotus follicularis, a low saxifragaceous herb having two kinds of radical leaves, some oblanceolate and entire, others transformed into little ovoid pitchers, longitudinally triple-winged and ciliated, the mouth covered with a lid shaped like a cockleshell.

    California pitcher plant, the Darlingtonia California. See Darlingtonia.

    Pitcher plant, any plant with the whole or a part of the leaves transformed into pitchers or cuplike organs, especially the species of Nepenthes. See Nepenthes.


Pitcher \Pitch"er\, n.

  1. One who pitches anything, as hay, quoits, a ball, etc.; specifically (Baseball), the player who delivers the ball to the batsman.

  2. A sort of crowbar for digging. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"earthen jug," c.1200, from Old French pichier (12c.), altered from bichier, from Medieval Latin bicarium, probably from Greek bikos "earthen vessel" (see beaker). Pitcher-plant is recorded from 1819; so called for its resemblance.


"one who pitches," 1722, agent noun from pitch (v.1). Originally of one tossing hay into a wagon, etc.; baseball sense first recorded 1845.


Etymology 1 n. 1 One who pitches anything, as hay, quoits, a ball, etc. 2 (context baseball softball English), the player who delivers the ball to the batter. 3 (context chiefly US colloquial English) The top partner in a homosexual relationship or penetrator in a sexual encounter between two men. 4 (context obsolete English) A sort of crowbar for digging. Etymology 2

n. 1 A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquids, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar with a large ear or handle. 2 (context botany English) A tubular or cuplike appendage or expansion of the leaves of certain plants. See

  1. n. (baseball) the person who does the pitching; "our pitcher has a sore arm" [syn: hurler, twirler]

  2. an open vessel with a handle and a spout for pouring [syn: ewer]

  3. the quantity contained in a pitcher [syn: pitcherful]

  4. the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit; "he has played every position except pitcher"; "they have a southpaw on the mound" [syn: mound]

Pitcher (disambiguation)

Pitcher or pitchers may refer to the following:


In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important defensive player, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and closer.

Traditionally, the pitcher also bats. Starting in 1973 with the American League and spreading to further leagues throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the hitting duties of the pitcher have generally been given over to the position of designated hitter, a cause of some controversy. The National League in Major League Baseball and the Japanese Central League are among the remaining leagues that have not adopted the designated hitter position.

Pitcher (container)

In US English, a pitcher is a container with a spout used for storing and pouring contents which are liquid in form. In English speaking countries outside North America, a jug is any container with a handle and a mouth and spout for liquid—American "pitchers" are more likely to be called jugs elsewhere. Generally a pitcher also has a handle, which makes pouring easier. A ewer is a vase-shaped pitcher, often decorated, with a base and a flaring spout, though the word is now unusual in informal English describing ordinary domestic vessels. An example of a ewer is the America's Cup given to the winner of the America's Cup sailing regatta match.

Usage examples of "pitcher".

Lynn Flewelling Seregil must have been generous, Alec thought as she piled his trencher with plump sausages and oat porridge, then fetched a pitcher of milk and some hot ash cakes to go with it.

Jerome crossed to one of the tables, where a pitcher of water sat next to a bowl of olives and some fancy glasses, and quickly prepared the aqueous martinis.

Jack Ready as catcher and Badger as pitcher, went out to meet the team from Hartford that forenoon.

He was also a fairly good left-handed pitcher, and a rattling good batsman, who excelled in fair-foul hitting.

He was a remarkable fielder and a good batsman for a pitcher, men who play that position being poor wielders of the ash, as a rule, for the reason, as I have always thought, that they paid more attention to the art of deceiving the batsman that are opposed to them than they do to developing their own batting powers.

Hindu women, pitchers and basins of that exquisite damascening called bidri, and a soft-colored silken scarf--coiled and crumpled, as if a woman had dropped it hurriedly.

In 1972, scouting for the Houston Astros, Bogie administered what he believes to have been the first ever baseball psychological test, to a pitcher named Dick Ruthven.

It was not the trees and lianas only that were beautiful in these sunny openings, but the ferns, mosses, orchids, and selaginellas, with the crimson-tipped dracaena, and the crimson-veined caladium, and the great red nepenthe with purple blotches on its nearly diaphanous pitchers, and another pitcher-plant of an epiphytal habit, with pea-green pitchers scrambling to a great height over the branches of the smaller trees.

There is a pool table in the rear, a pitcher of beer sells for a dollar, and the faded Chicano barmaid rolls dice with the patrons to keep the jukebox going.

On the rare occasion that the Benji women had any extra chicha, they sold it to Fiona, and she always saved a pitcher of two for Max.

On the front shelf of the bar stood a large German-silver pitcher of water, and scattered about were ill-conditioned lamps, with wicks that always wanted picking, which burned red and smoked a good deal, and were apt to go out without any obvious cause, leaving strong reminiscences of the whale-fishery in the circumambient air.

She pushed through the brass-decorated double doors and entered a sitting room with sofas, coffe table, television and a sideboard containing herbal teas, decaffeinated coffe and a frosty pitcher of ic water filled with lemon slics.

Before, in that dreaming time, I saw that I had drawn water like the Danaides, in a pitcher full of holes.

Although Demain had no way of knowing it, she was now hitting against a big-league pitcher with incredibly good breaking stuff.

Then, Cerryl took a moment to drink the remainder of the lukewarm cider from the pitcher and slip two apples from the bowl into his tunic before easing toward the door beside the hearth.