He has the pipes to sing on Broadway.
a singer with a fine set of pipesVerb
The pipers piped while the drummers drummed.
The musician piped a tune.
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Once these pipes get four or five feet deep, the temperature stays fairly stable throughout the year, so the dirt is warmer than outdoor air during the winter and cooler than it in the summer.—WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 To meet that demand, private companies producing sugar (and, later, pineapples) rerouted the flow from Maui’s watersheds, building concrete ditches, tunnels, pipes, flumes, siphons, and trestles across the island.—Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Utilities that exceed the action level could be forced to replace lead pipes.—Michael Phillis and Mike Stobbe The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 29 Oct. 2023 For metal pipes, excessive use can cause pipes to corrode and, in extreme cases, cause holes to develop.—Tanya Edwards, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 Mario, on the other hand, is on an isekai adventure and barely knows his head from his pipe.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 The very first winner was hip-hop artist T-Pain, who left his trademark Auto-Tune behind to show off his pipes au naturel.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2023 The goal is to seal any exterior openings and close any pipes that might freeze when met with frosty temps.—Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2023 His two hundred or so paintings consist of a strict diet of burgomasters, brewers, pipe smokers, regents, street urchins, people holding various things in their hands (donkey’s jawbone, stretched pig’s bladder), and hundreds of Dutch heads plattered on flat linen collars and millstone ruffs.—Zachary Fine, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023
To make the webs, simply pipe four to five concentric circles on each brownie with white frosting, then drag several lines with a wooden toothpick through the frosting, starting at the smallest center circle.—People Staff, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 Water from the Bull Run River – which mostly comes from rainfall – is diverted by dams to two reservoirs in the forest, then treated and piped to Portland and other cities.—Gwozniac, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 Climate and environment Arrowhead bottled water company sues to continue piping from California forest.—Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 The intense humidity didn’t deter the locals from eating bowls of piping hot phở on every street corner, and tiny food stalls selling bánh mì and bún chả lined every block.—Sophie Mendel, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2023 The Coravin’s needle pushes through the cork of even the most precious wine bottle, injects argon gas to displace oxygen and allows wine to be piped out.—Hannah Selinger, wsj.com, 29 Sep. 2023 Instead, they were cloistered in a separate room, as her testimony piped in by speakerphone.—Vimal Patel, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2023 The Razorbacks have been practicing with a soundtrack of massive crowd noise piped in to prepare for their first road game.—Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2023 Instead, they were cloistered in a separate room as her testimony piped in by speakerphone.—Vimal Patel, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English pīpa (akin to Old High German pfīfa pipe), from Vulgar Latin *pipa pipe, from Latin pipare to peep, of imitative origin
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a