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

The young prince was dressed in white button-down shirt with navy piping, paired with dark blue pants and a green cumberbund printed with artwork by Mark Bradford. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Skipping at Princess Eugenie's Wedding Is a Whole Mood," 12 Oct. 2018 Here's a closer look at Kate's outfit, a gray Catherine Walker coat-dress with covered buttons, black piping, and the shoulder detailing that is quickly becoming the Duchess's signature. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Queen Elizabeth Went to Church Together in Scotland This Morning," 26 Aug. 2018 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

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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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piping

piping crow

piping frog

piping guan

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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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