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 pipeful (audio) \ noun
pipeless \ ˈpīp-​ləs How to pronounce pipeless (audio) \ adjective
pipelike \ ˈpīp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce pipelike (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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The change will mean the water will flow directly to Norwood's pipes from GCWW, said Holly Stutz Smith, chief of staff in Cranley's office. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati helps water keep flowing in Norwood: Repairs needed," 12 July 2019 Along with 41-year-old Bryan Vincent, Tucker walked off the job at Vulcan Plastics, a pipe manufacturing company in Athens, authorites said. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "Escaped inmate back in custody in Limestone County," 11 July 2019 Thirty of them live in manufactured burrows, small black boxes connected by a tube resembling a tunnel that sits below a small cage with a piece of dangling black drain pipe for play. Andrew Nicla, AZCentral.com, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 Most cities reporting issues are in New England and the Middle Atlantic States, where older housing is more likely to have lead pipes that run from the water main into the home. Laura Pangallozzi, The Conversation, "At least 2% of US public water systems are like Flint’s – Americans just don’t hear about them," 10 July 2019 Sewage overflows occur any time heavy rain inundates Baltimore’s century-old sewer system, infiltrating it through cracked and broken pipes and exacerbating backups that exist even during dry weather. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s weekend rains cause 1.3 million gallons of sewage-tainted water to overflow," 9 July 2019 In a pivotal scene in Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne bursts out of the prison pipe system, having crawled through miles of mud, sewage, and unspeakable liquids. SI.com, "Championship: Five Promotion Hopefuls to Watch Out for in 2019/20," 9 July 2019 Tapping the left earbud toggles between noise cancellation and ambient sound mode, which pipes in outside audio. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Sony’s new noise-canceling wireless earbuds are its best answer to AirPods yet," 5 July 2019 Officials are looking for potential problems in the roads and issues with the city's pipes – all while aftershocks continue to shake the area. CBS News, ""Even bigger earthquake" could hit California in the coming days, seismologist warns," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In January, Norwegian officials approved a subsea carbon storage scheme to collect CO2 from power plants and cement factories on land, compress the gas into a liquid, then pipe it under the seafloor for storage. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico," 6 June 2019 In hi-fi nerdspeak, that means vintage Rogers speakers, a McIntosh pre-amp, and a McIntosh power amp to pipe their vinyl collections. Cassandra Landry, Bon Appétit, "The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus," 10 June 2019 On the plus side, the mask’s ample wraparound design includes infrared lights meant to treat wrinkles, sensors to track your heart rate and movement, and embedded headphones that pipe in audio-meditation and sleepy soundscapes. Rebecca Dolan, WSJ, "Trouble Sleeping? High-Tech Masks Can Help," 25 July 2018 Executives are also trying to pipe more of the unit’s content into Verizon devices and services. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Verizon Takes $4.5 Billion Charge Related to Digital Media Business," 12 Dec. 2018 This entire recipe can be made up to a day in advance, right down to the toppings: Just pipe out little dollops of whipped cream onto a piece of parchment paper and freeze them. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Slab Pie," 19 Oct. 2018 Though other headphones, like the Sony 1000X Mark III, can pipe in external audio for situational awareness, the Dimensions do seem to actively mix the external audio with your content in a more effective and pleasing manner. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home," 14 Nov. 2018 The recipe comes from pastry chef Alex Levin, who loves to pipe the cream in layers that alternate with rice pudding, crunchy bits and various fruits. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 Both feature built-in audio solutions that pipe out of the straps. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "HTC Vive Focus hands-on impressions: No-PC, no-wires VR at a too-steep price," 9 Nov. 2018

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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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pipe

noun

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

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