What does PIPE mean?

Definitions for PIPE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pipe, tobacco pipenoun

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

  2. pipe, pipage, pipingnoun

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

  3. pipe, tubenoun

    a hollow cylindrical shape

  4. pipenoun

    a tubular wind instrument

  5. organ pipe, pipe, pipeworkverb

    the flues and stops on a pipe organ

  6. shriek, shrill, pipe up, pipeverb

    utter a shrill cry

  7. pipeverb

    transport by pipeline

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

  8. pipeverb

    play on a pipe

    "pipe a tune"

  9. pipeverb

    trim with piping

    "pipe the skirt"


  1. pipenoun

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

  2. pipenoun

    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. pipenoun

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

  4. pipenoun

    A type of pasta, similar to macaroni

  5. pipenoun

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

  6. pipenoun

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

  7. pipenoun

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

  8. pipenoun

    One of the goalposts of the goal.

  9. pipenoun

    The character

  10. pipeverb

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

  11. pipeverb

    To install or configure with pipes.

  12. pipeverb

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

  13. pipeverb

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

  14. pipeverb

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

  15. pipeverb

    To decorate with piping.

  16. pipeverb

    To dab away moisture from.

  17. pipeverb

    To shout loudly and at high pitch.

  18. pipeverb

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

  19. pipenoun

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

  20. pipenoun

    A data backbone, or broadband Internet access.

    A fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.

  21. pipenoun

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

  22. pipenoun

    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. Etymology: From pipe, from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pipenoun

    Etymology: pib, Welsh; pipe , Saxon.

    The veins unfill’d, our blood is cold, and then
    We powt upon the morning, are unapt
    To give or to forgive; but when we’ve stuff’d
    These pipes, and these conveyances of blood
    With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls. William Shakespeare.

    The part of the pipe, which was lowermost, will become higher; so that water ascends by descending. John Wilkins.

    It has many springs breaking out of the sides of the hills, and vast quantities of wood to make pipes of. Addison.

    An animal, the nearer it is to its original, the more pipes it hath, and as it advanceth in age, still fewer. Arbuthnot.

    Try the taking of fumes by pipes, as in tobacco and other things, to dry and comfort. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    His ancient pipe in sable dy’d,
    And half unsmoak’d lay by his side. Jonathan Swift.

    My husband’s a sot,
    With his pipe and his pot. Jonathan Swift.

    I have known, when there was no musick with him but the drum and the fife, and now had he rather hear the taber and the pipe. William Shakespeare.

    The solemn pipe and dulcimer. John Milton.

    The shrill sound of a small rural pipe,
    Was entertainment for the infant stage. Wentworth Dillon.

    There is no reason, why the sound of a pipe should leave traces in their brains. John Locke.

    The exercise of singing openeth the breast and pipes. Henry Peacham.

    My throat of war be turn’d,
    Which quired with my drum, into a pipe
    Small as an eunuch. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    That office of her majesty’s exchequer, we, by a metaphor, call the pipe, because the whole receipt is finally conveyed into it by the means of divers small pipes or quills, as water into a cistern. Francis Bacon.

    I think I shall drink in pipe wine with Falstaff; I’ll make him dance. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

  2. To Pipeverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Merry Michael the Cornish poet piped thus upon his oaten pipe for merry England. William Camden, Remains.

    We have piped unto you, and you have not danced. Mat.

    In singing, as in piping, you excel. Dryden.

    Gaming goats, and fleecy flocks,
    And lowing herds, and piping swains,
    Come dancing to me. Jonathan Swift.

    His big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound. William Shakespeare, As You like it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pipenoun

    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. Pipenoun

    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. Pipenoun

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

  4. Pipenoun

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

  5. Pipenoun

    the key or sound of the voice

  6. Pipenoun

    the peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird

  7. Pipenoun

    the bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow

  8. Pipenoun

    an elongated body or vein of ore

  9. Pipenoun

    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. Pipenoun

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

  11. Pipenoun

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

  12. Pipeverb

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

  13. Pipeverb

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

  14. Pipeverb

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

  15. Pipeverb

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

  16. Pipeverb

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

  17. Pipeverb

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

  18. Pipeverb

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

  19. Etymology: [AS. ppe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. Peep, Pibroch, Fife.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pipe

    pīp, n. a musical wind instrument consisting of a long tube: any long tube: a tube of clay, &c., with a bowl at one end for smoking tobacco: a pipeful: the note of a bird: a cask containing two hogsheads.—v.i. to play upon a pipe: to whistle, to chirp: to make a shrill noise.—v.t. to play on a pipe: to call with a pipe, as on board ships: to give forth shrill notes: to supply with pipes, to convey by pipes.—ns. Pip′age, conveyance or distribution by pipes; Pipe′-case, a box softly lined to protect a pipe; Pipe′clay, a fine white plastic clay, very like kaolin, but containing a larger percentage of silica, used for making tobacco-pipes and fine earthenware.—v.t. to whiten with pipeclay: (slang) to blot out, as accounts.—adj. Piped (pīpt), tubulous or fistulous.—ns. Pipe′-fish, a genus of fishes in the same order as the seahorse, having a long thin body covered with partially ossified plates, the head long, and the jaws elongated so as to form a tubular snout, hence the name; Pipe′-lay′er; Pipe′-lay′ing, the laying down of pipes for gas, water, &c.; Pipe′-off′ice, formerly an office in the Court of Exchequer in which the clerk of the pipe made out crown-land leases; Pip′er; Pipe′-roll, a pipe-like roll, the earliest among the records of the Exchequer; Pipe′-stā′ple, the stalk of a tobacco-pipe: a stalk of grass; Pipe′-stick, the wooden tube used as the stem of some tobacco-pipes; Pipe′-tongs, an implement for holding or turning metal pipes or pipe-fittings; Pipe′-tree, the lilac; Pipe′-wine (Shak.), wine drawn from the cask, as distinguished from bottled wine; Pipe′-wrench, a wrench with one movable jaw, both so shaped as to bite together when placed on a pipe and rotated round it.—Pipe down, to dismiss from muster, as a ship's company; Pipe off, to watch a house or person for purposes of theft; Pipe one's eye, to weep.—Drunk as a piper, very drunk; Pay the piper, to bear the expense. [A.S. pípe; Dut. pijp, Ger. pfeife.]

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”.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pipe

    A measure of wine containing two hogsheads, or 125 gallons, equal to half a tun. Also, a peculiar whistle for summoning the men to duty, and directing their attention by its varied sounds. (See CALL.)

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PIPE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pipe is ranked #54296 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pipe surname appeared 380 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pipe.

    82.1% or 312 total occurrences were White.
    10.5% or 40 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    4.4% or 17 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PIPE in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PIPE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of PIPE in a Sentence

  1. Yong Ho:

    If the U.S. still dreams a pipe dream of gaining everything through sanctions, we are left with two options, either to leave it enjoying the dream to its heart's content or to wake it up from the dream, we are ready for both dialogue and standoff.

  2. Raj Rajkumar:

    It sounds like a pipe dream that hes selling people, i think its basically overpromising, which is typical of Elon Musk.

  3. Daniel Wroclawski:

    For a burst pipe or leak, the first thing you want to do is shut off the water, with your home, that is usually accessible. But if you're renting, it might not be, in which case you need to get a hold of your landlord or superintendent as quickly as you can.

  4. Bandana Devi:

    When she got into more critical condition, only then they put her on oxygen. I held the oxygen pipe and saw it wasn't working. I checked it with my hands, it wasn't working.

  5. Julian Pagliaccio:

    It's a pipe dream for a career, but it can't hurt if I'm involved and I put my foot in the door.

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