Definitions for pipepaɪp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pipepaɪp(n.; v.)piped, pip•ing.

  1. (n.)a hollow cylinder of metal, wood, or other material, used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, etc.

  2. a tube of wood, clay, or other material, with a small bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco, opium, etc.

  3. a quantity, as of tobacco, filling the bowl of such a smoking utensil.

  4. a musical wind instrument, as a flute or oboe, constructed of a single tube. a small recorder held with one hand while the other beats a drum. one of the tubes from which the tones of an organ are produced; flue pipe or reed pipe. pipes, pipes,

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: bagpipe. 1; panpipe.

  5. a high-pitched whistle used by a boastswain for giving signals.

    Category: Navy

  6. the call or utterance of a bird, frog, etc.

    Category: Zoology

  7. pipes, the human vocal cords or the voice, esp. as used in singing.

    Category: Informal

  8. a tubular organ or passage. Usu., pipes. the human respiratory passage.

    Category: Informal

  9. any of various tubular or cylindrical objects or natural formations, as an eruptive passage of a volcano or geyser.

    Category: Geology

  10. a cylindrical vein or body of ore. (in South Africa) a vertical, cylindrical matrix, of intrusive igneous origin, in which diamonds are found.

    Category: Mining

  11. (v.i.)to play on a pipe.

    Category: Music and Dance

  12. to speak in a high-pitched or piercing tone.

  13. to make or utter a shrill sound like that of a pipe.

  14. to signal, as with a boatswain's pipe.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  15. (v.t.)to convey by or as if by pipes.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  16. to supply with pipes.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  17. to play (music) on a pipe or pipes.

    Category: Music and Dance

  18. to summon, order, etc., by sounding a boatswain's pipe or whistle.

    Category: Navy

  19. to bring, lead, etc., by or as if by playing on a pipe:

    to pipe dancers.

  20. to utter in a shrill tone:

    to pipe a command.

  21. to trim or finish with piping, as an article of clothing.

    Category: Clothing

  22. to force (dough, frosting, etc.) through a pastry tube onto a baking sheet, cake or pie, etc.

    Category: Cooking

  23. to convey by an electrical wire or cable:

    to pipe in music.

    Category: Informal, Electricity and Magnetism

  24. pipe down,Slang. to stop talking; be quiet.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  25. pipe up, to make oneself heard, esp. as to assert oneself; speak up.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of pipe:

bef. 1000; ME, OE pīpe musical pipe, tube (c. G Pfeife, ON pīpa) < VL *pīpa, der. of L pīpāre to chirp, play a pipe


  1. a large cask, of varying capacity, esp. for wine or oil.

  2. such a cask as a measure of liquid capacity, equal to 4 barrels, 2 hogsheads, or 126 gallons.

    Category: Weights and Measures

Origin of pipe:

1350–1400; ME < MF, ult. same as pipe1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pipe, tobacco pipe(noun)

    a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco

  2. pipe, pipage, piping(noun)

    a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.

  3. pipe, tube(noun)

    a hollow cylindrical shape

  4. pipe(noun)

    a tubular wind instrument

  5. organ pipe, pipe, pipework(verb)

    the flues and stops on a pipe organ

  6. shriek, shrill, pipe up, pipe(verb)

    utter a shrill cry

  7. pipe(verb)

    transport by pipeline

    "pipe oil, water, and gas into the desert"

  8. pipe(verb)

    play on a pipe

    "pipe a tune"

  9. pipe(verb)

    trim with piping

    "pipe the skirt"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pipe(noun)ɪp

    a long hollow tube through which liquid or gas flows

    a leak in the main water pipe to the house; a length of copper pipe

  2. pipeɪp

    a thin hollow tube with a bowl at one end, used for smoking

    to smoke a pipe

  3. pipeɪp

    a hollow tube through which musical sound is produced

    a shepherd playing his pipe; organ pipes

  4. pipe(verb)ɪp

    to send liquid or gas to a place using a pipe

    The oil is piped from Alaska.

  5. pipeɪp

    to send sound from one place to another

    music being piped into the elevators


  1. pipe(Noun)

    A rigid tube that transports water, steam or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications.

  2. pipe(Noun)

    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.

  3. pipe(Noun)

    A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia

  4. pipe(Noun)

    A type of pasta, similar to macaroni

  5. pipe(Noun)

    Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color

  6. pipe(Noun)

    A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.

  7. pipe(Noun)

    A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)

  8. pipe(Noun)

    One of the goalposts of the goal.

  9. pipe(Noun)

    The character

  10. pipe(Verb)

    To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.

  11. pipe(Verb)

    To install or configure with pipes.

  12. pipe(Verb)

    To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.

  13. pipe(Verb)

    To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.

  14. pipe(Verb)

    To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.

  15. pipe(Verb)

    To decorate with piping.

  16. pipe(Verb)

    To dab away moisture from.

  17. pipe(Verb)

    To shout loudly and at high pitch.

  18. pipe(Verb)

    To directly feed (the output of one program) as input to another program, indicated by the pipe character at the command line.

  19. pipe(Noun)

    A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input.

  20. pipe(Noun)

    A data backbone, or broadband Internet access.

    A fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.

  21. pipe(Noun)

    An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons; half a tun.

  22. pipe(Noun)

    An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libelous, written on a piece of paper and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies.

  23. Origin: From pipe, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pipe(noun)

    a wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces musical sounds; as, a shepherd's pipe; the pipe of an organ

  2. Pipe(noun)

    any long tube or hollow body of wood, metal, earthenware, or the like: especially, one used as a conductor of water, steam, gas, etc

  3. Pipe(noun)

    a small bowl with a hollow steam, -- used in smoking tobacco, and, sometimes, other substances

  4. Pipe(noun)

    a passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions

  5. Pipe(noun)

    the key or sound of the voice

  6. Pipe(noun)

    the peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird

  7. Pipe(noun)

    the bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow

  8. Pipe(noun)

    an elongated body or vein of ore

  9. Pipe(noun)

    a roll formerly used in the English exchequer, otherwise called the Great Roll, on which were taken down the accounts of debts to the king; -- so called because put together like a pipe

  10. Pipe(noun)

    a boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to their duties; also, the sound of it

  11. Pipe(noun)

    a cask usually containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the quantity which it contains

  12. Pipe(verb)

    to play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music

  13. Pipe(verb)

    to call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on a pipe or whistle carried by a boatswain

  14. Pipe(verb)

    to emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle

  15. Pipe(verb)

    to become hollow in the process of solodifying; -- said of an ingot, as of steel

  16. Pipe(verb)

    to perform, as a tune, by playing on a pipe, flute, fife, etc.; to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe

  17. Pipe(verb)

    to call or direct, as a crew, by the boatswain's whistle

  18. Pipe(verb)

    to furnish or equip with pipes; as, to pipe an engine, or a building


  1. Pipe

    A pipe is a tubular section or hollow cylinder, usually but not necessarily of circular cross-section, used mainly to convey substances which can flow — liquids and gases, slurries, powders, masses of small solids. It can also be used for structural applications; hollow pipe is far stiffer per unit weight than solid members. In common usage the words pipe and tube are usually interchangeable, but in industry and engineering, the terms are uniquely defined. Depending on the applicable standard to which it is manufactured, pipe is generally specified by a nominal diameter with a constant outside diameter and a schedule that defines the thickness. Tube is most often specified by the OD and wall thickness, but may be specified by any two of OD, inside diameter, and wall thickness. Pipe is generally manufactured to one of several international and national industrial standards. While similar standards exist for specific industry application tubing, tube is often made to custom sizes and a broader range of diameters and tolerances. Many industrial and government standards exist for the production of pipe and tubing. The term "tube" is also commonly applied to non-cylindrical sections, i.e., square or rectangular tubing. In general, "pipe" is the more common term in most of the world, whereas "tube" is more widely used in the United States.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. pipe

    [common] Idiomatically, one's connection to the Internet; in context, the expansion “bit pipe” is understood. A “fat pipe” is a line with T1 or higher capacity. A person with a 28.8 modem might be heard to complain “I need a bigger pipe”.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pipe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4133

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pipe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3326

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pipe' in Nouns Frequency: #1254

Translations for pipe

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a tube, usually made of metal, earthenware etc, through which water, gas etc can flow

a water pipe; a drainpipe.

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