- The definition of a pipe is a hollow cylinder used to move liquids, gases or oil, or a tool for smoking, or a wind instrument where air vibrates to produce a sound.
- An example of a pipe is what a plumber fixes on a toilet.
- An example of a pipe is what someone uses to smoke tobacco.
- An example of a pipe is a bagpipe.
- Pipe is defined as to move a substance through a hollow cylinder, or to make sound by blowing on a wind instrument with a hollow tube.
- An example of pipe is for water to run through the plumbing system.
- An example of pipe is to squeeze icing from a pastry bag to decorate a cake.
- An example of pipe is to play a bagpipe.
- An example of pipe is to blow a whistle.
- a hollow cylinder or cone, as of reed, straw, wood, or metal, in which air vibrates to produce a musical sound, as in an organ or wind instrument
- any wind instrument; specif.,
- a small medieval fipple flute played with the left hand while the right hand beats a tabor
- a small, shrill whistle, used by a boatswain as in conveying orders to a ship's crewin full boatswain's pipe
- a high, shrill sound, as of a voice, birdcall, etc.
- the vocal organs, esp. as used in singing
- a long tube of clay, concrete, metal, plastic, etc., for conveying water, gas, oil, etc. or for use in construction
- a tubular organ or canal of the body
- the respiratory organs
- a somewhat cylindrical deposit of ore
- an opening into a volcano's crater
- anything tubular in form
- a tube with a small bowl at one end, in which tobacco, etc. is smoked
- enough tobacco, etc. to fill such a bowl
- a large cask for wine, oil, etc., having a capacity of about two hogsheads, or 126 gallons
- this volume as a unit of measure
- ☆ Slang something regarded as easy to accomplish
Origin of pipeMiddle English ; from Old English ; from West Germanic an unverified form pipa ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pipa ; from Classical Latin pipare, to cheep, chirp, peep, of echoic origin, originally
intransitive verbpiped, piping
- to play on a pipe
- to utter shrill, reedy sounds or tones
- Metallurgy to develop longitudinal cavities, as steel sometimes does in ingots and castings during solidification
- Naut. to signal a ship's crew by sounding a boatswain's pipe
- to play (a tune, etc.) on a pipe
- to utter in a shrill, reedy voice or tone
- to affect or bring to some condition or place by or as by playing pipes: to pipe the clan to battle
- ☆ to convey (water, gas, oil, etc.) by means of pipes
- ☆ to provide with pipes
- to trim (a dress, etc.) with piping
- to squeeze (icing, dough, or other soft or puréed food) from a pastry bag
- Slang to look at or notice
- Naut. to call together or alert (the crew), make (a specified call), or signal the arrival aboard or the departure of (someone) by sounding a boatswain's pipe
- to begin to play or sing (music)
- to speak up or say, esp. in a piping voice
- a. A hollow cylinder or tube used to conduct a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid.b. A section or piece of such a tube.
- a. A device for smoking, consisting of a tube of wood, clay, or other material with a small bowl at one end.b. An amount of smoking material, such as tobacco, needed to fill the bowl of a pipe; a pipeful.
- Informal a. A tubular part or organ of the body.b. pipes The passages of the human respiratory system.
- Abbr. p.a. A wine cask having a capacity of 126 gallons or 2 hogsheads (478 liters).b. This volume as a unit of liquid measure.
- Music a. A tubular wind instrument, such as a flute.b. Any of the tubes in an organ.c. pipes A small wind instrument, consisting of tubes of different lengths bound together.d. pipes A bagpipe.
- pipes Informal The vocal cords; the voice, especially as used in singing.
- A birdcall.
- Nautical A whistle used for signaling crew members: a boatswain's pipe.
- Geology a. A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.b. One of the vertical veins of eruptive origin in which diamonds are found in South Africa.
- Geology An eruptive passageway opening into the crater of a volcano.
- Metallurgy A cone-shaped cavity in a steel ingot, formed during cooling by escaping gases.
verbpiped piped, pip·ing, pipes
- a. To convey (liquid or gas) by means of pipes.b. To convey as if by pipes, especially to transmit by wire or cable: piped music into the store.
- To provide with pipes or connect with pipes.
- a. To play (a tune) on a pipe or pipes.b. To lead by playing on pipes.
- Nautical a. To signal (crew members) with a boatswain's pipe.b. To receive aboard or mark the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe.
- To utter in a shrill reedy tone.
- To furnish (a garment or fabric) with piping.
- To force through a pastry tube, as frosting onto a cake.
- Slang To take a look at; notice.
- To play on a pipe.
- To speak shrilly; make a shrill sound.
- To chirp or whistle, as a bird does.
- Nautical To signal the crew with a boatswain's pipe.
- Metallurgy To develop conical cavities during solidification.
Origin of pipeMiddle English, from Old English pīpe, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pīpāre, to chirp.
- A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications.
- (smoking) A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking, especially a tobacco pipe but also including various other forms such as a water pipe.
- (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia
- A type of pasta, similar to macaroni
- Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color
- (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.
- (music) A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)
- (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
- (computing) The character |
- (computing) A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input.
- (computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access.
- A fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.
- A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions.
- The key or sound of the voice.
- The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.
- (mining) An elongated body or vein of ore.
- (idiomatic, slang) A man's penis.
(third-person singular simple present pipes, present participle piping, simple past and past participle piped)
- To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
- To install or configure with pipes.
- (intransitive) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
- (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
- (figuratively) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
- To decorate with piping.
- To dab away moisture from.
- To shout loudly and at high pitch.
- (computing, chiefly Unix) To directly feed (the output of one program) as input to another program, indicated by the pipe character at the command line.
- To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
- To become hollow in the process of solidifying; said of an ingot of metal.
pipe - Computer Definition
(2) The symbol for Boolean OR operations, which is the Shift-Backslash key on a computer keyboard. For example, to search for Dell or Toshiba laptops in Google, the pipe symbol can be used instead of upper case OR as follows: laptops (dell | toshiba) laptops (dell OR toshiba)
(3) The symbol for a shared space that accepts the output of one program for input into another. In Windows, DOS and Unix, the pipe command is a vertical line (|). For example, the DOS/Windows command dir | find directs the output of the directory list to the FIND filter. In Unix/Linux, the statement ls | wc directs the directory list output to the word count function to count the number of files. See ls and filters and pipes.