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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An assemblage of early oil pipes, signaling the change in the country’s fortunes, looks like a contemporary art installation in a room awash with moving images of swirling gas and the whole complex machinery at work. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 Mueller suggested that the 180-kilometer stretch of pipes through Danish waters could be laid within a month, once Nord Stream 2 gets the necessary permission. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "Developer confident Russia-Germany pipeline to get permit," 25 Mar. 2019 This is a series of small pipes that pushes water through the mattress all night long. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Why Eight Sleep's Latest Smart Bed Is Going To Change The Way We Sleep Forever," 13 Feb. 2019 The flames come from an underground series of gas pipes designed specifically to heat the tracks. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It's So Cold in Chicago That the Rail Company Is Lighting Its Tracks on Fire," 30 Jan. 2019 Other land researchers and environmentalists want farmers to reduce use of underground pipes that wick water and its contents away from fields. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 And as the face of Burberry’s new fragrance, Her, which drops today, Delevingne also proves to have a decent set of pipes. April Long, Glamour, "Listen to Cara Delevingne Sing About London for Her New Burberry Fragrance Ad," 4 Oct. 2018 Authorities searched through the underground system of sewage pipes Los Angeles Police Sgt. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Boy, 13, found alive after falling into Los Angeles drainage ditch 'maze'," 2 Oct. 2018 Ideas came from every corner: a network of corrugated pipes the boys could crawl through; floating them out in body bags. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Nord Stream 2 would enable Moscow to pipe 110 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Germany, equal to roughly a quarter of annual EU demand and about 60% of all Russian exports to Europe. Emre Peker, WSJ, "Trump Slams Germany Over Gas Imports From Russia," 11 July 2018 The Royal Regiment of Scotland — homeland of the president's mother — will pipe him out at the end of the dinner. Fox News, "Trump's UK trip includes palace pomp, aims to avoid protests," 6 July 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

piper noun

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