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 After learning about the leak, Falaschi allegedly told a water district employee to install a new gate inside the standpipe, which could be opened and closed on demand, the document stated. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Since 2015, the building has filed 36 T.C.O.s, but the developers have yet to finish certifying the safety of the standpipe and sprinklers, among other items. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 The Water Tower formerly contained an almost 140-foot-tall iron standpipe that was needed to provide water pressure for the city’s North Side, which was removed in 1911. Brian Cassella,, 28 Sep. 2021 The water issue was solved decades ago with standpipe systems. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Find your washing machine’s discharge hose, which is probably emptying into a nearby standpipe or utility sink. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 6 July 2021 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, 11 Jan. 2020 One, water will be delivered through household taps, instead of communal standpipes. David Taylor, Quartz India, 8 Apr. 2020 The standpipes are like hedges, and the hydrants are like city grass. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of standpipe

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standpipe was circa 1850

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16 Apr 2022

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“Standpipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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