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pitcher1

[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/
noun
1.
a container, usually with a handle and spout or lip, for holding and pouring liquids.
2.
Botany.
  1. a pitcherlike modification of the leaf of certain plants.
  2. an ascidium.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English picher < Old French pichier < Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicārium beaker
Related forms
pitcherlike, adjective

pitcher2

[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/
noun
1.
a person who pitches.
2.
Baseball. the player who throws the ball to the opposing batter.
3.
Also called number seven iron. Golf. a club with an iron head the face of which has more slope than a mashie but less slope than a pitching niblick.
4.
sett (def 1).
Origin
1700-10; pitch1 + -er1

Pitcher

[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/
noun
1.
Molly (Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) 1754–1832, American Revolutionary heroine.
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Examples from the web for pitcher
  • As a result, the wrong pitcher was in the game at the wrong time.
  • The parents were concerned about the safety of the park because the sun shines into the eyes of the pitcher.
  • When a pitcher throws a knuckleball, the ball has no rotation and appears to flutter.
  • If nothing else, the turquoise pitcher will make an adorable vase.
  • Her favorites are pitcher plants: those shown here are from her collection.
  • Put a screen or a piece of cheesecloth over the pitcher to prevent bugs from flying in and drowning.
  • The refrigerator held the sharp tang of the pitcher of iron-rich well water cooling there.
  • Set a pitcher of it on your table for instant color.
  • Alcohols act as antifreeze to keep things from solidifying into a pitcher of lard.
  • The little bit of the mixture must really be worth pennies as it comes from a big pitcher they make up from a mix.
British Dictionary definitions for pitcher

pitcher1

/ˈpɪtʃə/
noun
1.
a large jug, usually rounded with a narrow neck and often of earthenware, used mainly for holding water
2.
(botany) any of the urn-shaped leaves of the pitcher plant
Word Origin
C13: from Old French pichier, from Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicāriumbeaker

pitcher2

/ˈpɪtʃə/
noun
1.
(baseball) the player on the fielding team who pitches the ball to the batter
2.
a granite stone or sett used in paving
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Word Origin and History for pitcher
n.

"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.

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pitcher in the Bible

a vessel for containing liquids. In the East pitchers were usually carried on the head or shoulders (Gen. 24:15-20; Judg. 7:16, 19; Mark 14:13).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with pitcher
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