Pipe definition

pīp
(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.
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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.

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To provide with pipes or connect with pipes.
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To convey (liquid or gas) by means of pipes.
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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.

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(informal) The vocal cords; the voice, especially as used in singing.
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A birdcall.
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(nautical) A whistle used for signaling crew members.

A boatswain's pipe.

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(geology) An eruptive passageway opening into the crater of a volcano.
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(metallurgy) A cone-shaped cavity in a steel ingot, formed during cooling by escaping gases.
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A hollow cylinder or tube used to conduct a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid.
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A section or piece of such a tube.
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A device for smoking, consisting of a tube of wood, clay, or other material with a small bowl at one end.
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An amount of smoking material, such as tobacco, needed to fill the bowl of a pipe; a pipeful.
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A tubular part or organ of the body.
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The passages of the human respiratory system.
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A wine cask having a capacity of 126 gallons or 2 hogsheads (478 liters).
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This volume as a unit of liquid measure.
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A tubular wind instrument, such as a flute.
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Any of the tubes in an organ.
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A small wind instrument, consisting of tubes of different lengths bound together.
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A bagpipe.
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A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
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One of the vertical veins of eruptive origin in which diamonds are found in South Africa.
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To utter in a shrill reedy tone.
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To furnish (a garment or fabric) with piping.
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To force through a pastry tube, as frosting onto a cake.
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(slang) To take a look at; notice.
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To convey as if by pipes, especially to transmit by wire or cable.

Piped music into the store.

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To play (a tune) on a pipe or pipes.
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To lead by playing on pipes.
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To signal (crew members) with a boatswain's pipe.
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To receive aboard or mark the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe.
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To play on a pipe.
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To speak shrilly; make a shrill sound.
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To chirp or whistle, as a bird does.
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(nautical) To signal the crew with a boatswain's pipe.
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(metallurgy) To develop conical cavities during solidification.
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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.
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Any wind instrument.
  • A small medieval fipple flute played with the left hand while the right hand beats a tabor.
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A small, shrill whistle, used by a boatswain as in conveying orders to a ship's crew.
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A high, shrill sound, as of a voice, birdcall, etc.
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The vocal organs, esp. as used in singing.
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A long tube of clay, concrete, metal, plastic, etc., for conveying water, gas, oil, etc. or for use in construction.
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Anything tubular in form.
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(slang) Something regarded as easy to accomplish.
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A tubular organ or canal of the body.
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The respiratory organs.
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A somewhat cylindrical deposit of ore.
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An opening into a volcano's crater.
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A tube with a small bowl at one end, in which tobacco, etc. is smoked.
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Enough tobacco, etc. to fill such a bowl.
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A large cask for wine, oil, etc., having a capacity of about two hogsheads, or 126 gallons.
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This volume as a unit of measure.
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To play on a pipe.
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To utter shrill, reedy sounds or tones.
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(metallurgy) To develop longitudinal cavities, as steel sometimes does in ingots and castings during solidification.
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(naut.) To signal a ship's crew by sounding a boatswain's pipe.
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To play (a tune, etc.) on a pipe.
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To utter in a shrill, reedy voice or tone.
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To affect or bring to some condition or place by or as by playing pipes.

To pipe the clan to battle.

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To convey (water, gas, oil, etc.) by means of pipes.
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To provide with pipes.
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To trim (a dress, etc.) with piping.
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To squeeze (icing, dough, or other soft or puréed food) from a pastry bag.
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(slang) To look at or notice.
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A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
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A circuit, in the vernacular, as in a broadband pipe. See also circuit.
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A coaxial cable configuration. See also coaxial cable.
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A cable conduit or ductwork. See also conduit.
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A waveguide for microwave transmission. See also waveguide.
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A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications.
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(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.
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(geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia.
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A type of pasta, similar to macaroni.
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Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color.
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(music) A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.
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(music) A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)
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(lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
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(computing) The character |
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(computing) A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input.
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(computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access.

A fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.

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A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions.
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The key or sound of the voice.

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The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.
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(mining) An elongated body or vein of ore.
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(idiomatic, slang) A man's penis.
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To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
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To install or configure with pipes.
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(intransitive) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
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(nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
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(figuratively) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
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To decorate with piping.
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To dab away moisture from.
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To shout loudly and at high pitch.
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(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.
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To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
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To become hollow in the process of solidifying; said of an ingot of metal.
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pipe down
  • to become quiet or quieter; stop shouting, talking, etc.
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pipe in
  • to convey (esp. transcribed or remote music or speech) by an electric or electronic system
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pipe up
  • to begin to play or sing (music)
  • to speak up or say, esp. in a piping voice
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pipe
Plural:
PIPES

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pipe

  • Middle English from Old English pīpe from Vulgar Latin pīpa from Latin pīpāre to chirp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English pipe, from Vulgar Latin *pipa.

    From Wiktionary