pipe

noun
\ ˈpīp How to pronounce pipe (audio) \

Definition of pipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a tubular wind instrument specifically : a small fipple flute held in and played by the left hand
b : one of the tubes of a pipe organ:
(1) : flue pipe
(2) : reed pipe
c : bagpipe usually used in plural
d(1) : voice, vocal cord usually used in plural
2a : a long tube or hollow body for conducting a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid or for structural purposes
b : a means of transmission (as of television signals or computer data) a broadband fiber-optic pipe
3a : a tubular or cylindrical object, part, or passage
b : a roughly cylindrical and vertical geological formation
c : the eruptive channel opening into the crater of a volcano
4a : a large cask of varying capacity used especially for wine and oil
b : any of various units of liquid capacity based on the size of a pipe especially : a unit equal to two hogsheads
5 : a device for smoking usually consisting of a tube having a bowl at one end and a mouthpiece at the other

pipe

verb
piped; piping

Definition of pipe (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to play on a pipe
b : to convey orders by signals on a boatswain's pipe
2a : to speak in a high or shrill voice
b : to emit a shrill sound

transitive verb

1a : to play (a tune) on a pipe
b : to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe
2a : to lead or cause to go with pipe music
b(1) : to call or direct by the boatswain's pipe
(2) : to receive aboard or attend the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe
3 : to trim with piping
4 : to place (batter, frosting, etc.) on a surface by pressing or squeezing through a bag or tube fitted with a special nozzle Pipe frosting over each frozen ice cream mound to cover.— Emily Young also : to create (a decoration or pattern) by this method Pipe a rosette of whipped cream on top.— Elizabeth Craig
5 : to furnish or equip with pipes
6 : to convey by or as if by pipes especially : to transmit by wire or coaxial cable
7 : notice

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Other Words from pipe

Noun

pipeful \ ˈpīp-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce pipe (audio) \ noun
pipeless \ ˈpīp-​ləs How to pronounce pipe (audio) \ adjective
pipelike \ ˈpīp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce pipe (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pipe in a Sentence

Noun He has the pipes to sing on Broadway. a singer with a fine set of pipes Verb The pipers piped while the drummers drummed. The musician piped a tune.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Neither will false claims about the efficacy of regionalism or other progressive pipe dreams. Bob Stefanowski, WSJ, "What Isn’t the Matter With Hartford?," 1 Jan. 2021 Another had the idea of making animals from pipe cleaners. Tatyana Turner, baltimoresun.com, "Virtual Kwanzaa: Lewis Museum, other organizers of Baltimore celebrations shift online this year," 29 Dec. 2020 Or, using a piping bag, pipe stars, swoops or other designs over the ice cream, taking care to cover it well. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 Sell cardboard cutouts of fans and pipe in some crowd noise. New York Times, "Our Altered View of Sports After 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 Peoples Gas is spending billions to replace miles of aging pipe below Chicago by 2040, the Tribune’s Robert Channick writes. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Duckworth pushes back on Trump’s threat to hold up COVID-19 relief package | Two on Trump clemency list have Chicago ties | Pritzker: 100K vaccinated so far in Illinois," 23 Dec. 2020 And occasionally, the pipe bowl was used as a weapon too. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Tomahawks Are Back: These American Relics Have Seen a Resurgence in Military and Survival Situations," 22 Dec. 2020 The circular train platform, about 40 inches in diameter, is made from 3/4-inch plywood that’s padded with pipe insulation on the inside rim. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama man wears a train set that plays ‘Jingle Bells,’ and we’re here for it," 20 Dec. 2020 Another 30% of the Line 3 workforce are United Association Local 798 pipe fitters who will weld the pipeline together. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Enbridge pipeline project hitting at key time for union laborers," 12 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Becoming part of Salesforce is a bit of a twist for Slack’s vision of neutrality, since Salesforce apps will pipe into the same chat channels as competitors’ software. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Slack solves Salesforce’s biggest question," 2 Dec. 2020 Its input/output controllers can be used to pipe data into a part of Windows that allows code execution. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google’s Project Zero discloses Windows 0-day that’s been under active exploit," 30 Oct. 2020 As for the aquifer, if it is damaged, officials have vowed to pipe in tap water to let bathers keep enjoying Ein Lavan’s pools. Myra Noveck, New York Times, "A Low-Income Quarter Needs to Grow. A Prized Forest Could Pay the Price.," 8 Oct. 2020 But unlike Israel, the Palestinian authority cannot pipe water across zones to distribute it from the few wet places to the many dry ones. Washington Post, "The famed ‘Jericho banana’ is vanishing. Under Israeli occupation, there’s not enough water.," 25 Sep. 2020 Shaffer noted that the Ravens will still be able to pipe in artificial crowd noise and spoke to psychologists who said that the lack of crowd noise might not be a big a factor as perceived. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Jalen Ramsey gets record-breaking contract extension; Imagining a season without fans in Baltimore: NFL news roundup," 9 Sep. 2020 Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe the batter into the donut pan until 3/4 of the way full. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "How to make the most delicious donuts at home," 4 Sep. 2020 Snip a 1/2-inch opening off one corner of the bag; pipe the frosting on top of each cookie to form ghosts. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Marshmallow Ghosts," 19 Sep. 2018 To evade firewalls and endpoint protection, attackers pipe commands over SSH to a netcat client on the infected machine. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New P2P botnet infects SSH servers all over the world," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pipe

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for pipe

Noun

Middle English, from Old English pīpa (akin to Old High German pfīfa pipe), from Vulgar Latin *pipa pipe, from Latin pipare to peep, of imitative origin

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The first known use of pipe was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipe. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for pipe

pipe

noun
How to pronounce pipe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, hollow tube for carrying water, steam, gas, etc.
: a tube with a small bowl at one end that is used for smoking tobacco
: a musical instrument that is in the shape of a tube, has holes along the top, and is played by blowing

pipe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pipe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to carry or move (something, such as water or oil) in a pipe
: to send (music or recorded sound) from one place to another through an electrical connection
: to play a pipe or the bagpipes

pipe

noun
\ ˈpīp How to pronounce pipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of pipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long tube or hollow body for carrying a substance (as water, steam, or gas) the exhaust pipe of a car underground water pipes
2 : a musical instrument or part of a musical instrument consisting of a tube (as of wood or metal) played by blowing or having air passed through it
3 : bagpipe usually used in pl.
4 : a tube with a small bowl at one end for smoking tobacco or for blowing bubbles

pipe

verb
piped; piping

Kids Definition of pipe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to move by means of pipes Water was piped into the city.
2 : to play on a pipe The musician piped a tune.
pipe down
: to stop talking or making noise
pipe up
: to start talking : say something

Other Words from pipe

piper noun

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