piping

noun
pip·​ing | \ ˈpī-piŋ How to pronounce piping (audio) \

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)

piping

adjective

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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whip cream with powdered sugar until light and fluffy and fill a piping bag. Vogue, "Swedish Chef Sofia Wood Shares Two Recipes for Semlor Pastries—Plus Schnayderman’s Shirts Offers a Calorie-Free Option," 4 Mar. 2019 Piglet in Bed works with a farm in France when sourcing material for their contrast-piping linen pajamas. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Why Linen Sheets Are Worth Keeping on Through Winter," 21 Dec. 2018 Petroleum is also cleaned from tanks, piping and reservoirs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch an Ex-US Navy Ship Sink Under a Hail of Rockets, Missiles, and Torpedoes," 17 July 2018 Add a few drops of food coloring to frosting and stir twice to create a swirl pattern; carefully transfer to a piping bag. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "White Hot Chocolate," 11 Dec. 2018 Lead, used in water pipes until 1950 in Milwaukee and in the solder connecting copper piping until the 1980s, can flake into drinking water. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 Her website and YouTube channel offer countless free tutorials, ranging from gingerbread houses to piping techniques. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Baker Make Mesmerizing Cookie Art," 17 Dec. 2018 For the flight, Chopra wore a creation by the Indian design duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla instead, opting for a white tunic dress style with silver and gold piping. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Do Pre-Wedding Style the “Nickyanka” Way," 29 Nov. 2018 And yet remarkable efforts have been made to preserve this small strip of land, including the dredging and piping of sediment from the Mississippi River to build back its southern shore and replanting the disappearing marsh to its north. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of piping

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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More Definitions for piping

piping

noun

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.

piping

adjective

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

: having a high-pitched sound or tone

piping

noun
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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