pip·​ing | \ˈpī-piŋ \

Definition of piping 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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)



Definition of piping (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : shrill a piping voice

2 : tranquil piping times of peace— William Shakespeare

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Synonyms & Antonyms for piping

Synonyms: Adjective

high-pitched, screeching, shrieking, shrill, squeaking, squeaky, treble, whistling

Antonyms: Adjective

bass, deep, grave, low, throaty

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Examples of piping in a Sentence


There's a problem with the piping in the building. a sofa trimmed with blue piping a uniform with yellow piping down the pants


the piping voices of small children the piping sound of the teakettle caught my attention
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The town also won't adopt another ordinance that expands a ban on building religious boundaries made up of white plastic piping through town. Fox News, "Town accused of bias against Orthodox Jews settles lawsuit," 18 Sep. 2018 So, how is a homeowner, or a home buyer, to know if the house is free of dangerous piping? CBS News, "The Flint water crisis: A loss of trust," 17 June 2018 First into action is the deluge system, which can dump 17 inches of water per square foot into the tunnel, through 21 miles of piping. Tim Newcomb, WIRED, "The Brilliant Vigilance of Seattle's Gargantuan New Tunnel," 13 June 2018 The lead in the city’s outdated piping leaked into its portable water supply, leading to a deadly crisis that primarily impacts low-income residents, many of them Black. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Without the Swimsuit Competition, Miss America Feels Different This Time Around," 10 Sep. 2018 Flipping a piping hot turkey is tricky (to say the least). Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "Should You Really Roast Your Turkey Upside Down?," 30 Aug. 2018 John explained that in some cases, especially in suburban areas, building piping is connected to the sink by plastic, tubular pipes. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Never Wash Down The Sink," 17 July 2018 Workers will use 12- or 15-inch PVC piping, the current standard material for plumbing work. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Relief sewer construction in Academy Heights in the pipeline for November, county says," 10 July 2018 The company became a major force in the area, designing and installing heating and cooling systems, refrigeration, piping, and plumbing for building projects. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Joseph J. Gerngross, 93, leader in contracting business and the Catholic community," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of piping


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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piping frog

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

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English Language Learners Definition of piping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: pipes that carry water, gas, etc.

: the music of a pipe or pipes

: a narrow tube of cloth that is used to decorate clothes, furniture, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of piping (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a high-pitched sound or tone


pip·​ing | \ˈpī-piŋ\

Kids Definition of piping

1 : a quantity or system of pipes

2 : the music of a pipe

3 : a high-pitched sound or call the piping of frogs

4 : a narrow fold of material used to decorate edges or seams

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