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

Transfer a piping bag fitted with a small round tip, then pipe bones onto each man and let dry. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chocolate Skeleton Cookies," 2 Aug. 2019 Its 176,000 apartments across 325 complexes need more than $32 billion to replace roofs, boilers and entire piping systems. New York Times, "He’s in Charge of Housing for 11,000 Minnesotans. Can He Handle 400,000 New Yorkers?," 24 June 2019 The bid would leave the city about $100 million short of finishing the PCT, which would still need piping, utilities and mooring dolphins to secure offloading vessels, Falsey said. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Discovery of more earthquake damage adds to troubles at Port of Alaska," 17 July 2019 Featuring an elegant black backdrop, adidas have adorned their strip with their signature three stripes in the colour of the home shirt, with the sleeve piping and adidas badge also in Wolves' gold. SI.com, "Wolves Away Kit 2019/20: Wanderers Release Smart New Away Strip to Positive Reviews," 15 July 2019 In the annals of branding, the three stripes rank among the most recognizable product markings, from the sportswear maker’s bold track suits with three-stripe piping to its white shell-toe sneakers with stripes down the sides. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Adidas Told Three Stripes Aren’t Enough for a Trademark," 19 June 2019 The tan coat with black piping was undoubtedly one the week’s best outerwear moments, especially paired with Browne’s signature red, white, and blue stripes. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Stranger Things’ Girl Next Door Was Sundance’s Breakout Style Star," 4 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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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