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 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 The wooden plumbing supplied timber-tasting water to residents who could either fill their buckets for free at a public standpipe or pay $5 a year to connect directly to faucets in their yards or kitchens. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Discovered: Philadelphia’s high-tech, totally natural plumbing of 1812," 6 May 2017 If approved by all the agencies involved — including the California Coastal Commission and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife — the city will build three standpipes in a half-million-dollar project to drain water over the sand berm. Teresa L. Carey, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz, scientists, Boardwalk battle forces of nature," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of standpipe

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Standpipe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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