noun \ˈpīp\

: 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

Full Definition of PIPE

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
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>
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
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
:  a device for smoking usually consisting of a tube having a bowl at one end and a mouthpiece at the other
:  snap 2c, cinch
pipe·ful \-ˌfl\ noun
pipe·less \ˈpīp-ləs\ adjective
pipe·like \ˈpīp-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of PIPE

  1. He has the pipes to sing on Broadway.
  2. a singer with a fine set of pipes

Origin 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

Rhymes with 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


Full Definition of PIPE

intransitive verb
a :  to play on a pipe
b :  to convey orders by signals on a boatswain's pipe
a :  to speak in a high or shrill voice
b :  to emit a shrill sound
transitive verb
a :  to play (a tune) on a pipe
b :  to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe
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
:  to trim with piping
:  to furnish or equip with pipes
:  to convey by or as if by pipes; especially :  to transmit by wire or coaxial cable
:  notice

Examples of PIPE

  1. The pipers piped while the drummers drummed.
  2. The musician piped a tune.

First Known Use of PIPE

before 12th century


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