Meaning of PIPING in English


I. ˈpīpiŋ, -īpēŋ noun

( -s )

Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle English, from gerund of pipen to pipe; in other senses, partly from pipe (I) + -ing; partly from gerund of pipe (II) — more at pipe


a. : the music of a pipe

b. : a sound like that of a pipe

the keen piping of a field lark — Sidney Lanier

2. : a quantity of pipe or system of pipes

3. : a cutting of a jointed-stemmed or hollow-stemmed plant (as a carnation)



(1) : a narrow fold (as of bias-cut cloth) with or without an inserted cord that is stitched in seams or along edges as a trimming for clothing, slipcovers, curtains

(2) : the trimming made in this fashion

b. : dough or decorative icing forced from a pastry tube

c. : a narrow piece of fabric or leather sewed in with the seam or edge of a shoe to give it finish

5. : a pipe formed in iron or steel ingots in cooling

6. : water erosion in a layer of subsoil or under or through a dam resulting in the formation of tunnels and caving

II. adjective

Etymology: from present participle of pipe (II)

: characterized by the music of the pipe rather than of the martial drum and fife : soft , tranquil

piping times of peace — Shakespeare

III. adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from piping (I)

: extremely , very — used in the phrase piping hot

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.