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 Using a piping bag, small disher or spoon, place about 1 tablespoon of dulce de leche onto each upturned cookie. Washington Post, "Alfajores (Cornstarch Cookies With Dulce de Leche)," 2 July 2020 In addition to the provocative paint, the Jim Clark package include a cockpit awash in gold Connolly leather with green piping. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: Lotus Esprit Jim Clark Edition Honors a Racing Hero," 18 June 2020 On May 14, police were dispatched to a Marda Drive home after a Realtor discovered that copper piping and other property had been removed from a house owned by the bank. John Benson, cleveland, "Thief steals copper piping from bank-owned vacant home: Parma Police Blotter," 3 June 2020 The 30-inch pipe that exploded, Line 10, feeds into the Texas Eastern — a network of 9,100 miles of piping that stretches from Texas to New York and moves 20% of America's natural gas. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Federal agency investigates second Eastern Kentucky pipeline explosion within a year," 5 May 2020 Macarons, for example, require precise measurements made with a kitchen scale instead of teaspoons or tablespoons and a steady hand with a piping bag to achieve the ideal shape. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "The ambitious dishes San Antonio cooks are tackling in their extra coronavirus-era time at home: macarons, croissants, char siu pork, masterful meatloaf," 13 May 2020 Transfer mixture to a resealable bag or a piping bag; snip off a corner to make a 3/4-inch opening. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cherry-Caramel Ice Cream Puffs," 30 Apr. 2020 Use a piping bag to decorate the plantain with the fish mix and garnish the top with microgreens. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Escape To The Caribbean With These Soulful Recipes," 29 Apr. 2020 Spoon dough into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Get the secret recipes for Disney Parks' Dole Whip, McDonald's McMuffin and more to make in quarantine," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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9 Jul 2020

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“Piping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piping. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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