stand·​pipe | \ ˈstan(d)-ˌpīp How to pronounce standpipe (audio) \

Definition of standpipe

: a high vertical pipe or reservoir that is used to secure a uniform pressure in a water-supply system

Examples of standpipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Lalitpur, Kathmandu’s adjoining city, residents around the landmark Patan Durbar Square said tankers paid officials not to fix many of the free, ornate public standpipes that were knocked out by the deadly 2015 earthquake. Peter Schwartzstein, New York Times, "The Merchants of Thirst," 11 Jan. 2020 One, water will be delivered through household taps, instead of communal standpipes. David Taylor, Quartz India, "Washing hands is a luxury for over 80% rural Indian households that don’t get tap water," 8 Apr. 2020 The standpipes are like hedges, and the hydrants are like city grass. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Scenes from the Life of Roz Chast," 23 Dec. 2019 Fire hydrants and standpipes occupy a special, warm place in the Chast imagination. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Scenes from the Life of Roz Chast," 23 Dec. 2019 Each of the holes features an aluminum standpipe that rises a foot or so above the deck. Steve Hoffman / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Minnesota angler’s ‘Holy Boat’ utilizes ice-fishing tactics in the summertime," 22 June 2019 Firefighters turned on the water, only to discover that the standpipe had been cut, leaving their hoses dry. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "A Year Has Passed Since the Grenfell Tower Fire. It Could Happen Again Anytime.," 14 June 2018 Yellow indicates a connection to a combination sprinkler and standpipe system. Keith Williams, New York Times, "Those Dastardly Standpipe Spikes," 25 Jan. 2018 Fallen trees blocked roads, causing traffic snarls, and residents lined up with buckets to collect water from public standpipes, television video showed. USA TODAY, "At least 16 dead as Typhoon Hato floods Macau, southern China," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of standpipe

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Standpipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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