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)



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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Great Lakes Construction donated its time and resources to remove three pumps, along with motors, concrete pads and piping. cleveland, 7 June 2021 It’s a piping system that is a permanent fixture of the home. Steve Metsch, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 The top is paired with a long loose pair of brown trousers that feature a faux leather piping detail along the princess line, a cutout on the left hip and an adjustable snap closure. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021 The rockets are locally produced, the main component being the body which is a length of steel or aluminum piping with fins welded on to it. David Hambling, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Of the resins that do get recycled, almost 100% of clear No. 2 plastics are turned into new packaging, Mr. Bell said, while the colored versions often end up as black agricultural piping. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 Relating to the disappearing piping on the backs of NBA jerseys, the fact that all NBA teams have that same disease. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2021 Even the performance aesthetics are a bit more subtle: The chair comes in black with a red spine and piping, or in white with blue. Diana Budds, Curbed, 11 Feb. 2021 The searing summer heat that fuels piping-hot wildfires in northern boreal forests may be the mystery cause of a strange, rare phenomenon: zombie fires. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021

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

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16 Jun 2021

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“Piping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piping. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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