drainpipe

noun

drain·​pipe ˈdrān-ˌpīp How to pronounce drainpipe (audio)
: a pipe for drainage

Examples of drainpipe in a Sentence

our drainpipe is always getting clogged with leaves
Recent Examples on the Web Amy Winehouse, Alexa Chung and Victoria Beckham all technically gave us the skinny on how to navigate denim’s slimline silhouette, but no one pulled off drainpipes quite like Kate, who made them–against all odds–look completely effortless. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 3 Apr. 2024 Before the bypass work began, large amounts of wet hillside sediment were getting into the decaying drainpipe during stormy weather, clogging the system and causing downstream flooding issues, city employees said. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Feb. 2024 And when family and friends were helping paint my home, the drainpipe broke off my utility sink. Sean McDonnell, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2023 The unemployed decorator had a few drinks and scaled the walls of Buckingham Palace, climbing up a drainpipe to enter the queen's London residence. CBS News, 26 May 2023 In 2007, an outbreak of foot and mouth disease was traced to an animal health lab at Pirbright in the United Kingdom, where an investigation pointed to a leaking drainpipe. Bywarren Cornwall, science.org, 23 May 2023 In the basement of his childhood home, his dad installed a full-size basketball rim positioned on a pole down in the drainpipe. The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2023 In some cases, as with the Carlton Woods Jack Nicklaus course in The Woodlands, Texas, the entire 35 acres of fairway is capped with 8 to 12 inches of sand and outfitted with drainpipe set at 20-foot intervals to pick up the accelerated flow of water downward. Bradley S. Klein, WSJ, 17 June 2022 And a discharge hose runs from the softener tank to a nearby drainpipe or drywell. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 7 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drainpipe was in 1857

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“Drainpipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drainpipe. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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drainpipe

noun
drain·​pipe ˈdrān-ˌpīp How to pronounce drainpipe (audio)
: a pipe for drainage

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