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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Lead, used in water pipes until 1950 in Milwaukee and in the solder connecting copper piping until the 1980s, can flake into drinking water. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 Vallas promises lead water pipe fix, slams Emanuel for inaction *Protesters plan Chicago rally against U.S. treatment of immigrant families. *Chicago lawyers volunteer to help families separated at border. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Rauner takes heat for saying it's 'hard to keep a company of more than six people' in Champaign," 27 June 2018 Local officials say the injured were located across several districts in the south of Honshu island, where the biggest shocks were felt causing roads suffered severe damage and water pipes burst and sending water flowing onto streets. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Oprah Signs Multiyear Deal With Apple," 18 June 2018 While winter's freakishly cold weather shut down roads and burst water pipes, a few Louisiana scientists rejoiced. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Winter freeze did little to halt wetland plague killing roseau cane in Louisiana," 8 Mar. 2018 The city approved money for stream bank restoration and burying the existing water pipe in the 2016 budget, and approved the funds for construction and construction management in the 2017 budget. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield undertakes $600,000 project to improve the Bark River and expand St. John's Park," 21 June 2018 Vandals on Friday cut a water pipe on the second floor of the Buck O’Neil Research and Education Center in the former Paseo YMCA building that let loose flooding through two floors. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Spirit of Buck O'Neil helps NLBM president cope with vandalism," 26 June 2018 Although businesses have been the most vocal, the biggest effect could ultimately be felt by the Department of Water and Power, which frequently performs work on underground water pipes and electrical lines. David Zahniser, latimes.com, "Garcetti wants to fix some of L.A.'s worst roads. But repairs could hinge on a big fee hike," 9 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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