What does pipe mean?

Definitions for pipepaɪp

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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"


  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

  19. Origin: [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”.

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes):

    This is quite a three-pipe problem.

  2. Yuji Matsumoto:

    The pipe segment is an important profit driver for Nippon Steel.

  3. Ben Stillwell:

    If the downspout runs underground, remove it from the pipe as needed.

  4. Christopher Stockton:

    All the pipe is in New York waiting, the crews are hired and mobilized and ready to go.

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The peace pipe has killed the lungs (Le calumet de la paix - A tué les poumons faits.)

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