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

Salters said the lead in these schools likely came from the schools’ piping, and similar pipes are used in schools statewide. Emily Mahoney, miamiherald, "How much lead is in your school's water? Florida activists want tests, filters.," 6 June 2018 The interior was Vintage Tan Windsor leather with Ebony piping, door panels, pillars, dash, carpet, and headliner, which added $360. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Land Rover’s 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 In some sections of the piping, humans will still be required to take measurements from outside the pipes. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Want to demolish a uranium enrichment facility? Ask a pipe-crawling robot first," 25 Mar. 2018 The New Orleans Advocate, citing court documents, reported that an investigation pointed to a leak in a piping system that is used to transport oil from a production well on the seafloor. Washington Post, "Wisconsin high court backs fired professor; Manafort’s attorneys want trial moved," 7 July 2018 Two piping systems that will allow treatment of groundwater will be installed, and 3,400 feet of fencing will be erected to block access to an area where toxic vapors are rising out of the soil. Kellen Browning And Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Folsom site contaminated by jet fuel to be cleaned up, paving way for park and nearby housing," 25 June 2018 Last year, Mr Topal paid a contractor 135,000 liras to install a piping system in one of his buildings. The Economist, "Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan," 14 June 2018 Place mixture in a piping bag or a zip lock bag with the hole cut out of one end. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 Place in a piping bag or sandwich size zip-top bag; drizzle chocolate over each ball. Abigail Wilt, ajc, "3 no-bake cookie recipes you'll love," 10 July 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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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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