pitched battle


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pitched battle

(pĭcht)
n.
1. An intense battle fought in close contact by troops arranged in a predetermined formation.
2. A fiercely waged battle or struggle between opposing forces.

pitched battle

n
1. (Military) a battle ensuing from the deliberate choice of time and place, engaging all the planned resources
2. any fierce encounter, esp one with large numbers

pitched′ bat′tle


n.
an intense battle at close quarters.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pitched battle - a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
battle, engagement, fight, conflict - a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
Translations
pravidelná bitva
szabályos ütközet
uppstillt orrusta
pravidelná bitka
meydan savaşımuharebesi

pitched battle

[ˌpɪtʃtˈbætl] n (Mil) (also) (fig) → battaglia campale

pitch1

(pitʃ) verb
1. to set up (a tent or camp). They pitched their tent in the field.
2. to throw. He pitched the stone into the river.
3. to (cause to) fall heavily. He pitched forward.
4. (of a ship) to rise and fall violently. The boat pitched up and down on the rough sea.
5. to set (a note or tune) at a particular level. He pitched the tune too high for my voice.
noun
1. the field or ground for certain games. a cricket-pitch; a football pitch.
2. the degree of highness or lowness of a musical note, voice etc.
3. an extreme point or intensity. His anger reached such a pitch that he hit her.
4. the part of a street etc where a street-seller or entertainer works. He has a pitch on the High Street.
5. the act of pitching or throwing or the distance something is pitched. That was a long pitch.
6. (of a ship) the act of pitching.
-pitched
of a (certain) musical pitch. a high-pitched / low-pitched voice.
ˈpitcher noun
a person who pitches especially (in baseball) the player who throws the ball.
pitched battle
a battle between armies that have been prepared and arranged for fighting beforehand. They fought a pitched battle.
ˈpitchfork noun
a large long-handled fork for lifting and moving hay.
References in classic literature ?
The two factions drew out their forces for a pitched battle.
No, monsieur, I speak what I think, and that is exactly why I say that, in the first pitched battle you fight with your forty men, I am very much afraid "
The powerful Lake Power & Electric Lighting corporation came to the rescue, and Klinkner, seeing what he thought was the opportunity, went over to the enemy in the thick of the pitched battle.
He had a pitched battle last evening with the tobacco-king's cat and routed him, horse, foot and artillery.
The Silva tribe, however, stanchly defended him, fighting more than one pitched battle for his honor, and black eyes and bloody noses became quite the order of the day and added to Maria's perplexities and troubles.
We were both curious to see Big Alec's ark, for history said that it had been the scene of more than one pitched battle, and that it was riddled with bullet-holes.
There was just room for me to keep his arm in mine; with the other he hauled on the banisters; and so we mounted, step by step, a panting pause on each, and a pitched battle for breath on the half-landing.
I have long said that Liberalism would never offer us a pitched battle.
Lamai fought pitched battles with his brothers and sisters for teasing Jerry, and these battles invariably culminated in Lenerengo taking a hand and impartially punishing all her progeny.
Duels, skirmishes, pitched battles, and general engagements were to be seen on every side.
They have occasionally pitched battles, fought on appointed days, and at specific places, which are generally the banks of a rivulet.
I made four aristocratic connections, and had four pitched battles with them: three thrashed me, and one I thrashed.