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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Inky, a Pinnoctopus cordiformis, escaped from the national aquarium in New Zealand by shimmying through 164 ft. of drainpipe to freedom. Tik Root, Time, "Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm," 21 Aug. 2019 Make sure the discharge pipe is lined up properly and connect your drainpipes—use a T-pipe before your P-trap. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Garbage Disposal," 20 Aug. 2019 In 1982, 30-year-old Michael Fagan managed to bypass security by scaling a Palace drainpipe, and entered the British monarch's bedroom. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "An Intruder Broke Into Buckingham Palace While Queen Elizabeth Was Sleeping," 11 July 2019 And a discharge hose runs from the softener tank to a nearby drainpipe or drywell. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 However, while the drainpipe seems like a bottomless whirlpool, the hole is actually about 20 feet deep. Jennifer Adler, National Geographic, "10 perfect ways to cool off in the U.S.," 27 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of drainpipe

1857, in the meaning defined above

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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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