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- 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.,
- [pl.] bagpipe
- 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.
- [often pl.] 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
- [pl.] 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, pip′ing
- 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 large wine cask, especially one 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, 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.