from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely dark; black as pitch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. very dark; without light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Black as pitch or tar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Black as pitch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely dark
  • n. a very dark black


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  • Again, I have difficulty separating personal experience from a purely civilian perspective; I have had to rely on a second (and third) magazine, and was able to accomplish that smoothly in pitch-black conditions.

    This thing doesn't have a handguns option. I'm looking at getting a Beretta 92FS.

  • We should exercise at least as much caution with those we'll be stuck with in a succession of pitch-black chambers over the subsequent 45 minutes.

    Lacking Blind Faith

  • The men advanced in the sweltering, pitch-black night, scanning the landscape with night-vision goggles and armed with semiautomatic rifles fitted with silencers.

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  • Jeffery Wagner for The Wall Street Journal Through the goggles, the landscape, including Mr. Coiner, seen here, appears bathed in green light despite the pitch-black night.

    Wild Pig Hunting

  • Every fifty feet or so it turned to the left or right, and because the tunnel was pitch-black there was no way to see the turns coming.

    The Omega Theory

  • Twisting in the pitch-black water, he raised his hands and felt slippery limestone above him.

    The Omega Theory

  • It was pitch-black at the bottom of the stairway, but then the rabbi flipped the light switch and David saw a large room with cinderblock walls.

    The Omega Theory

  • There, in the pitch-black darkness, Alex comes face-to-face with the killer who values money more than life.

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  • The narrator hasn't seen his would-be lover for ages, and they're reunited to carry out a murderous assignment in a pitch-black house.

    In the Shadowy Recesses of 'Noir'

  • The flawed-but-morally complex The Lost World ends on a 'Let's save the animals!' note but first offers a pitch-black narrative where the 'good guy environmentalists' have blood on their hands and the most sympathetic character Richard Schiff is heartlessly dispatched in the first act following an act of uncommon bravery.

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