Meaning of PIPE in English

I. ˈpīp noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pīpa (akin to Old High German pfīfa pipe), from Vulgar Latin * pipa pipe, from Latin pipare to peep, of imitative origin

Date: before 12th century


a. : a tubular wind instrument ; specifically : a small fipple flute held in and played by the left hand

b. : one of the tubes of a pipe organ:

(1) : flue pipe

(2) : reed pipe

c. : bagpipe — usually used in plural


(1) : voice , vocal cord — usually used in plural

(2) : piping 1


a. : a long tube or hollow body for conducting a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid or for structural purposes

b. : a means of transmission (as of television signals or computer data)

a broadband fiber-optic pipe


a. : a tubular or cylindrical object, part, or passage

b. : a roughly cylindrical and vertical geological formation

c. : the eruptive channel opening into the crater of a volcano


a. : a large cask of varying capacity used especially for wine and oil

b. : any of various units of liquid capacity based on the size of a pipe ; especially : a unit equal to two hogsheads

5. : a device for smoking usually consisting of a tube having a bowl at one end and a mouthpiece at the other

6. : snap 2c, cinch

• pipe·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

• pipe·less ˈpīp-ləs adjective

• pipe·like ˈpīp-ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

( piped ; pip·ing )

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. : to play on a pipe

b. : to convey orders by signals on a boatswain's pipe


a. : to speak in a high or shrill voice

b. : to emit a shrill sound

transitive verb


a. : to play (a tune) on a pipe

b. : to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe


a. : to lead or cause to go with pipe music


(1) : to call or direct by the boatswain's pipe

(2) : to receive aboard or attend the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe

3. : to trim with piping

4. : to furnish or equip with pipes

5. : to convey by or as if by pipes ; especially : to transmit by wire or coaxial cable

6. : notice

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.