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pipe

noun \ ˈpīp \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pipe

1 a : 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
(2) : piping 1
2 a : 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
3 a : 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
4 a : 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
6 : snap 2c, cinch

pipeful

play \ˈpīp-ˌfu̇l\ noun

pipeless

play \ˈpīp-ləs\ adjective

pipelike

play \ˈpīp-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of pipe in a Sentence

  1. He has the pipes to sing on Broadway.

  2. a singer with a fine set of pipes

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Origin and Etymology of pipe

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

verb

Definition of pipe

piped; piping
intransitive verb
1 a : to play on a pipe
b : to convey orders by signals on a boatswain's pipe
2 a : to speak in a high or shrill voice
b : to emit a shrill sound
transitive verb
1 a : to play (a tune) on a pipe
b : to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe
2 a : 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

Examples of pipe in a Sentence

  1. The pipers piped while the drummers drummed.

  2. The musician piped a tune.

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First Known Use of pipe

before 12th century

pipe Synonyms



PIPE Defined for English Language Learners

pipe

noun

Definition of pipe for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pipe for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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pipe

noun \ ˈpīp \

Definition of pipe for Students

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

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pipe

verb

Definition of pipe for Students

piped; piping
1 : to move by means of pipes
  • Water was piped into the city.
2 : to play on a pipe
  • The musician piped a tune.

piper

noun
pipe down
: to stop talking or making noise
pipe up
: to start talking : say something


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