pipe cleaner

noun

Definition of pipe cleaner

: something used to clean the inside of a pipe specifically : a piece of flexible wire in which tufted fabric is twisted and which is used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe

Examples of pipe cleaner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a pipe cleaner to clear these holes out, and keep the car’s nooks and crannies dry. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Prevent and Remove Rust on Your Car Like a Pro," 8 Sep. 2020 Fold the fourth pipe cleaner in half and add a small curve to create the antennae. ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Parks and Recreation teaches kids to make clothespin bugs," 28 Aug. 2020 Adding a wire to your homemade mask is easy as pie; slip a length of pipe cleaner into the top seam. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: CDC office protocols," 22 Aug. 2020 Next, Nye puts on a homemade face mask made out of two layers of cloth and a pipe cleaner. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Bill Nye's Viral Mask Video Shows How Effective Each Type of Face Covering Is," 10 July 2020 Trim into the shape of a fish’s tail, and cinch with twine or pipe cleaner to hold the shape. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Week two: Create a fake lake," 1 July 2020 To make a dream box, first have kids decorate an empty tissue box with markers, glue, and little doodads (yarn balls, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, sequins, whatever!). Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Kids are having pandemic dreams too," 11 May 2020 Use the pipe cleaner piece to fit the mask snugly around your nose and cheeks. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Four Easy Ways to Make a No-Sew Face Mask," 7 Apr. 2020 That has been around since at least the 1980s, although originally creative science teachers used Wint-O-Green Lifesavers threaded onto a pipe cleaner to induce the fountains of foam in soda bottles. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We now know the effect of altitude on classic “Diet Coke and Mentos“ fountain," 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pipe cleaner

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pipe cleaner was in 1861

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“Pipe cleaner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipe%20cleaner. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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pipe cleaner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pipe cleaner

: a piece of wire that is covered with soft cloth and used to clean the inside of a tobacco pipe

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