piping

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noun

pip·​ing ˈpī-piŋ How to pronounce piping (audio)
1
a
: a sound, note, or call like that of a pipe
b
: the music of a pipe
2
: a quantity or system of pipes
3
: trimming stitched in seams or along edges (as of clothing, slipcovers, or curtains)

piping

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adjective

1
: shrill
a piping voice
2
: tranquil
piping times of peaceWilliam Shakespeare

Examples of piping in a Sentence

Noun There's a problem with the piping in the building. a sofa trimmed with blue piping a uniform with yellow piping down the pants Adjective the piping voices of small children the piping sound of the teakettle caught my attention
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The line includes cotton sateen sheets ($1,300) and duvet sets ($1,500) in white with gray piping, as well as a three-piece towel set ($408) and a bath mat ($300) also in white. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2024 The buildings have damaged construction materials with loose and falling sheet metal, broken windows, corroded piping, and deteriorated awnings. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 Frosting lovers revel in the corner piece with extra piping, while frosting haters want the piece that’s smack dab in the middle. Kimberly Cataudella Tutuska, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 But in the meantime, the black block-type, orange piping and road grays against the backdrop of the Green Monster remains a sight to behold. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 25 Mar. 2024 The custom blue Nike tracksuits included the AFC Richmond logo — the fictional team from the show — and had red and white piping detail. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 Or, to decorate top of cake, spoon 1 cup of the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a No. 2D star tip before frosting cake. Pam Lolley, Southern Living, 7 Feb. 2024 Plus, they’re designed with sleek piping along the edges and stay firm and supportive hour after hour. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Actor Theo Iyer also made a statement in a Kwasi Paul design with cowrie shell piping. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Churchill helps install water heaters, re-piping houses, etc., for Gregory J. Ostroski Heating and Plumbing in Billerica. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of piping was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Piping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piping. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

piping

noun
pip·​ing
ˈpī-piŋ
1
a
: the music of a pipe
b
: a shrill sound or call
the piping of frogs
2
: a quantity or system of pipes
3
: a narrow fold of fabric used to decorate seams or edges

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