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
Recent Examples on the Web Fagan first shimmied up a drainpipe and through a window. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is Michael Fagan Now? The Palace Intruder Speaks Out About the "Artistic License" Taken on 'The Crown'," 27 Dec. 2020 To release the stopper, disconnect the rods, then unscrew the nut where the horizontal rod enters the drainpipe. New York Times, "Do It Yourself Home Repairs," 5 Dec. 2020 Fagan climbed the palace walls, scaled a drainpipe, and entered through a window. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "The Crown Took Quite A Few Liberties With The Real Michael Fagan Story," 16 Nov. 2020 On July 9, 1982, at just around 7 a.m., Michael Fagan shimmied up a Buckingham Palace drainpipe all the way to a flat roof that was only a few feet away from the palace’s main building. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "When Queen Elizabeth Had a “Surprise Visitor”: The True Story of Michael Fagan," 15 Nov. 2020 The plan involves 30 feet of plastic drainpipe from the hardware store, those clear plastic capsules that pop out of vending machines … and a really creepy alien. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Rolling Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters with the help of a ghoulish alien," 26 Oct. 2020 Then, turn on the faucet to fill the drainpipe and bottom of the sink with water. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Common Home Repairs You Can Do on Your Own," 25 Aug. 2020 Finally, a tracer gas that Li’s team piped into the 15th floor apartment’s drainpipe exited in the 25th and 27th floor apartment bathrooms. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Can you catch COVID-19 from your neighbor’s toilet?," 4 Sep. 2020 Add more water to the drainpipe, if necessary, and repeat. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Common Home Repairs You Can Do on Your Own," 25 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Drainpipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drainpipe. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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