Meaning of PIPE in English

/ paɪp; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ C , U ] a tube through which liquids and gases can flow :

hot and cold water pipes

lead / plastic pipes

a leaking gas pipe

Copper pipe is sold in lengths.

a burst pipe

—see also drainpipe , exhaust , waste pipe , windpipe


[ C ] a narrow tube with a bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco :

to smoke a pipe

He puffed on his pipe.

pipe tobacco


[ C ] a musical instrument in the shape of a tube, played by blowing

—see also pan pipes


[ C ] any of the tubes from which sound is produced in an organ


pipes [ pl. ] = bagpipes

■ verb


[ vn ] to send water, gas, oil, etc. through a pipe from one place to another :

to pipe oil across the desert

Water is piped from the reservoir to the city.


[ vn ] [ usually passive ] to send sounds or signals through a wire or cable from one place to another :

The speech was piped over a public address system.


to play music on a pipe or the bagpipes , especially to welcome sb who has arrived :

[ vn ]

Passengers were piped aboard ship at the start of the cruise.

[ v ]

a prize for piping and drumming


to speak or sing in a high voice or with a high sound :

[ v ]

Outside a robin piped.

[also v speech ]


[ vn ] to decorate food, especially a cake, with thin lines of icing , etc. by squeezing it out of a special bag or tube :

The cake had 'Happy Birthday' piped on it.


- pipe down

- pipe up (with sth)



Old English pīpe musical tube , pīpian play a pipe , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch pijp and German Pfeife , based on Latin pipare to peep, chirp, reinforced in Middle English by Old French piper to chirp, squeak.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.