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

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

For instance, Kate's white Catherine Walker Liza coat dress featured piping, and the duchess accessorized her look with a striking pair of pearl drop earrings. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channels Princess Diana at Order of the Garter 2019," 17 June 2019 The program plans to replace more than 2,000 miles of natural gas piping in Chicago. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Oldest gas pipeline in Chicago, from before Great Fire, gets a retirement party," 28 June 2019 Infrastructure improvements include 3,500 linear feet of new streets, pedestrian and bicycle pathways, 110 public on-street parking spaces, landscaping, new storm drain piping and outfalls, and water and sewer lines. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chula Vista’s $1 billion hotel and convention center just took a major step forward," 19 June 2019 Mike Belleme for The New York Times Dolly Parton, dressed in a sequined lilac pantsuit with black piping and matching butterfly wings, stood on an outdoor stage on a recent Friday morning. Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times, "Dolly Parton on Dollywood," 5 June 2019 The brakes are painted in the same hue, and there are Racing Orange accents on the doors, the dashboard, the air vents, the shifter, and the piping and stitching of the seats. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Mazda Is Bringing More Units of the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition to the U.S.," 14 May 2019 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

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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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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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