Meaning of PIPE in English


pipe 1

— pipeless , adj. — pipelike , adj.

/puyp/ , n. , v. , piped, piping .


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

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

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

4. Music.

a. a tube used as, or to form an essential part of, a musical wind instrument.

b. a musical wind instrument consisting of a single tube of straw, reed, wood, or other material, as a flute, clarinet, or oboe.

c. one of the wooden or metal tubes from which the tones of an organ are produced.

d. a small end-blown flute played with one hand while the other beats a small drum.

5. Naut.

a. See boatswain's pipe .

b. the sound of a boatswain's pipe.

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

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

8. Usually, pipes .

a. Music. bagpipe.

b. a set of flutes, as a panpipe.

c. Informal. a tubular organ or passage of a human or animal body, esp. a respiratory passage: to complain of congested pipes.

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

10. Mining.

a. a cylindrical vein or body of ore.

b. (in South Africa) a vertical, cylindrical matrix, of intrusive igneous origin, in which diamonds are found.

11. Metall. a depression occurring at the center of the head of an ingot as a result of the tendency of solidification to begin at the bottom and sides of the ingot mold.

12. Bot. the stem of a plant.


13. to play on a pipe.

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

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

16. to make or utter a shrill sound like that of a pipe: songbirds piping at dawn.


17. to convey by or as by pipes: to pipe water from the lake.

18. to supply with pipes.

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

20. to summon, order, etc., by sounding the boatswain's pipe or whistle: all hands were piped on deck.

21. to bring, lead, etc., by or as by playing on a pipe: to pipe dancers.

22. to utter in a shrill tone: to pipe a command.

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

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

25. Informal. to convey by an electrical wire or cable: to pipe a signal from the antenna.

26. Slang. to look at; notice: Pipe the cat in the hat.

27. pipe down , Slang. to stop talking; be quiet: He shouted at us to pipe down.

28. pipe up ,

a. to begin to play (a musical instrument) or to sing.

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

c. to increase in velocity, as the wind.

[ bef. 1000; (n.) ME, OE pipe musical pipe, tube (c. D pijp, LG pipe, G Pfeife, ON pipa ) pipa, deriv. of L pipare to chirp, play a pipe; (v.) ME pipen; in part continuing OE pipian to play a pipe pipare; in part piper to make a shrill sound pipare (cf. PEEP 2 ) ]

Syn. 16. cheep, chitter, whistle, chirp, peep, trill, twitter, tweet.

pipe 2

/puyp/ , n.

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 half a tun, and containing 126 wine gallons.

3. such a cask with its contents.

[ 1350-1400; ME 1 ]

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