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noun \ˈpīp\

Simple Definition of pipe

  • : a long, hollow tube for carrying water, steam, gas, etc.

  • : a tube with a small bowl at one end that is used for smoking tobacco

  • : a musical instrument that is in the shape of a tube, has holes along the top, and is played by blowing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pipe

  1. 1 a :  a tubular wind instrument; specifically :  a small fipple flute held in and played by the left hand b :  one of the tubes of a pipe organ: (1) :  flue pipe (2) :  reed pipe c :  bagpipe —usually used in plural d (1) :  voice, vocal cord —usually used in plural (2) :  piping 1

  2. 2 a :  a long tube or hollow body for conducting a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid or for structural purposes b :  a means of transmission (as of television signals or computer data) <a broadband fiber-optic pipe>

  3. 3 a :  a tubular or cylindrical object, part, or passage b :  a roughly cylindrical and vertical geological formation c :  the eruptive channel opening into the crater of a volcano

  4. 4 a :  a large cask of varying capacity used especially for wine and oil b :  any of various units of liquid capacity based on the size of a pipe; especially :  a unit equal to two hogsheads

  5. 5 :  a device for smoking usually consisting of a tube having a bowl at one end and a mouthpiece at the other

  6. 6 :  snap 2c, cinch


play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun


play \ˈpīp-ləs\ adjective


play \ˈpīp-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of pipe in a sentence

  1. He has the pipes to sing on Broadway.

  2. a singer with a fine set of pipes

Origin and Etymology of pipe

Middle English, from Old English pīpa (akin to Old High German pfīfa pipe), from Vulgar Latin *pipa pipe, from Latin pipare to peep, of imitative origin

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of pipe

  • : to carry or move (something, such as water or oil) in a pipe

  • : to send (music or recorded sound) from one place to another through an electrical connection

  • : to play a pipe or the bagpipes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pipe



  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to play on a pipe b :  to convey orders by signals on a boatswain's pipe

  3. 2 a :  to speak in a high or shrill voice b :  to emit a shrill sound

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to play (a tune) on a pipe b :  to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe

  6. 2 a :  to lead or cause to go with pipe music b (1) :  to call or direct by the boatswain's pipe (2) :  to receive aboard or attend the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe

  7. 3 :  to trim with piping

  8. 4 :  to furnish or equip with pipes

  9. 5 :  to convey by or as if by pipes; especially :  to transmit by wire or coaxial cable

  10. 6 :  notice

Examples of pipe in a sentence

  1. The pipers piped while the drummers drummed.

  2. The musician piped a tune.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of pipe

before 12th century

Rhymes with pipe

PIPE Defined for Kids



noun \ˈpīp\

Definition of pipe for Students

  1. 1 :  a long tube or hollow body for carrying a substance (as water, steam, or gas) <the exhaust pipe of a car> <underground water pipes>

  2. 2 :  a musical instrument or part of a musical instrument consisting of a tube (as of wood or metal) played by blowing or having air passed through it

  3. 3 :  bagpipe —usually used in pl.

  4. 4 :  a tube with a small bowl at one end for smoking tobacco or for blowing bubbles




Definition of pipe for Students



  1. 1 :  to move by means of pipes <Water was piped into the city.>

  2. 2 :  to play on a pipe <The musician piped a tune.>



pipe down

  1. :  to stop talking or making noise

pipe up

  1. :  to start talking :  say something

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