water pipe


Definition of water pipe

1 : a pipe for conveying water
2 : a smoking device that consists of a bowl mounted on a vessel of water which is provided with a long tube and arranged so that smoke is drawn through the water where it is cooled and up the tube to the mouth

Examples of water pipe in a Sentence

The flooding was caused by a broken water pipe.

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Specifically, one of the water pipes leaked, sending about 2.5 gallons of water drifting throughout the station. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "ISS Suffers Toilet Malfunction, Leaks Water Everywhere," 6 Feb. 2019 Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and AC units on the outside of the home. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Move quickly against ‘silent destroyers’," 20 May 2018 Whenever possible, hot-water pipes should have at least one inch of insulation. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018 Cold-water pipes should be insulated with ½-inch-thick insulation to prevent condensation. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018 Widely used in water pipes until the 1950s and in the solder connecting copper piping until the 1980s, lead can flake into drinking water, damaging a child's growth and ability to learn. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee failed to protect lead-poisoned children by massive neglect and missteps," 31 May 2018 The problem with today’s sanitation system of household toilets linked to an extensive network of sewage and water pipes is that the system is hard to set up in the developing world, remote places and refugee camps. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Flush With Ideas: Bill Gates Pursues the Toilet of the Future," 9 Nov. 2018 The property owners will have front-row seats from 2020 to 2022 as a 30-inch water pipe is buried along the route as part of Waukesha's precedent-setting project. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha alerts hundreds of property owners in three communities to field work along route of lake diversion pipeline," 23 Apr. 2018 Shimla’s decrepit network of water pipes, built under British colonial rule more than 70 years ago, depends on the civil servants known as key men to open and close the valves that supply each neighborhood. New York Times, "Deadly Tensions Rise as India’s Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of water pipe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of water pipe

: a pipe that carries water
: a device used for smoking tobacco, marijuana, etc., in which the smoke passes through water before it is inhaled

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