bag·pipe | \ˈbag-ˌpīp \

Definition of bagpipe 

: a wind instrument consisting of a reed melody pipe and from one to five drones with air supplied continuously either by a bag with valve-stopped mouth tube or by bellows often used in plural

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bagpiper \ˈbag-ˌpī-pər \ noun

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This is a wind instrument that consists of two or more single- or double-reed pipes. The reeds are vibrated by wind caused by arm pressure on a skin or cloth bag. The pipes are held in wooden sockets tied into the bag, which is inflated either by the mouth or by bellows strapped to the body. Melodies are played on the finger holes of the melody pipe, or chanter, while the remaining pipes, or drones, sound single notes. Bagpipes existed by c. 100 ce. The early bag was an animal bladder or a nearly whole sheepskin or goatskin. Bagpipes have always been folk instruments. An important related instrument is the Irish union (or uilleann) pipes.

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After the service, bagpipes played as dozens of uniformed officers lined Lehigh Avenue and Hutchins’ casket was carried from the church and hoisted onto a fire truck for his final ride. Kelly Brennan,, "Firefighter who died during training exercise is praised at funeral," 11 July 2018 Trump’s postprandial departure will be accompanied by Royal Regiment of Scotland playing the bagpipes, a tip of the hat perhaps to Trump’s Scottish-German heritage. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "In Britain, Trump will see castles and the queen and steer clear of protesters," 6 July 2018 Uniformed officers wheeled two caskets into the middle of Children's Mercy Park on Thursday, surrounded by flags, bouquets of flowers and bagpipe music. Ian Cummings, Glenn E. Rice, Lauren Fox, Katie Bernard And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'Thank you just isn't good enough.' Police, friends and family bid deputies farewell," 21 June 2018 But then, of course, the bagpipes blare, firmly establishing this song as a necessity on any respectable St. Patrick's Day playlist. Abby Jones, Billboard, "The Most Popular St. Patrick's Day Songs in the U.S., According to YouTube," 15 Mar. 2018 In sports, the various segments are trying to toot their bagpipes or kazoos in slow month of July, but there's already a massive brass section ready to sound the arrival of high school football. Scott Springer,, "Springer: Let the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky high school football hype begin," 6 July 2018 The young Caps fans Why wouldn’t there be bagpipes? Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "The best and wildest Capitals fans from Stanley Cup championship parade," 12 June 2018 Hundreds of first responders raised their hands to salute as a contingent of firefighters wearing kilts played the drums and bagpipes, marking the body’s arrival. Tony Briscoe,, "First responders from around state, country attend firefighter's funeral: 'We all know we have each other’s backs'," 4 June 2018 The new regulations also required permits for products made from the wood, including guitars, violins, bagpipes and xylophones. Michael Casey, USA TODAY, "US guitar makers hit hard by new international logging regulations on prized rosewood," 12 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bagpipe

: a musical instrument that is played especially in Scotland and that has a bag, a tube for blowing air into the bag, and pipes where the air leaves and makes sounds


bag·pipe | \ˈbag-ˌpīp \

Kids Definition of bagpipe

: a musical instrument played especially in Scotland that consists of a tube, a bag for air, and pipes from which the sound comes

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