drain·​pipe | \ ˈdrān-ˌpīp How to pronounce drainpipe (audio) \

Definition of drainpipe

: a pipe for drainage

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Examples of drainpipe in a Sentence

our drainpipe is always getting clogged with leaves

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Every spring a buddleia takes root behind the drainpipe. Longreads, "Viv Albertine on Dating Again in Her 50s," 15 June 2018 Officials described it as yet another sign of a looming crisis tied to the city's aging drainpipes, a concern that has sparked local efforts to create a special utility to pay for the repairs. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Spenard sinkhole signals a looming crisis over Anchorage’s aging drainpipes," 7 June 2018 At the same time, growers continue to use less freshwater for irrigation and draw more water recycled from city drainpipes. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Are Avocados Toast?," 24 May 2018 One display, for example, shows a 2,000-year-old terra-cotta drainpipe closely resembling a contemporary one made of polyvinyl chloride. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "An Awkward Trek Through Time at the Penn Museum," 14 May 2018 The single piece of prime real estate for perching is the upper side of a drainpipe that juts through the sea wall. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Eola turtles need sunbathing perches, says club's petition," 10 May 2018 Where is the planetary drainpipe where all that stuff goes? Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Workshop reveals how couple creates art from trash," 17 Feb. 2018 In his scheme, an array of long vertical tubes, hanging like drainpipes from enormous floating rings, reach down into the cold water. National Geographic, "Can We Engineer a Way to Stop a Hurricane?," 13 Oct. 2017 As a boy who liked to climb drainpipes and jump off things, Scott Kelly had the daredevil courage that would lead him to become an astronaut and spend more than 500 days in space. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Endurance': Astronaut Scott Kelly chronicles his year in space," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of drainpipe

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drainpipe was in 1857

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English Language Learners Definition of drainpipe

: a pipe that carries rainwater from the roof of a building to the ground
US : a pipe that carries liquid waste and water away from buildings


drain·​pipe | \ ˈdrān-ˌpīp How to pronounce drainpipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of drainpipe

: a pipe for removing water

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