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blowpipe

Blowgun \Blow"gun`\, n. A tube, as of cane or reed, sometimes twelve feet long, through which an arrow (sometimes poisoned) or other projectile may be impelled by the force of the breath. It is a weapon much used by certain Indians of America and the West Indies; -- called also blowpipe, and blowtube. See Sumpitan.

blowpipe

Blowtube \Blow"tube`\, n.

  1. A blowgun.
    --Tylor.

  2. A similar instrument, commonly of tin, used by boys for discharging paper wads and other light missiles.

  3. (Glassmaking) A long wrought iron tube, on the end of which the workman gathers a quantity of ``metal'' (melted glass), and through which he blows to expand or shape it; -- called also blowing tube, and blowpipe.

Wikipedia

Blowpipe (missile)

The ShortsBlowpipe is a man-portable surface-to-air missile that was in use with the British Army and Royal Marines from 1975. It was superseded by an interim design, Javelin, and later the greatly improved Starstreak.

Blowpipe

Blowpipe may refer to:

  • Blowpipe (missile), a man-portable surface-to-air missile
  • Blowgun, a weapon
  • Blowpipe (tool), used to direct streams of gases into any of several working media
  • Blowpipe (Transformers), several Transformers characters

Blowpipe (tool)

The term blowpipe refers to one of several tools used to direct streams of gases into any of several working media.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

blowpipe

noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Deer trail fresh, maybe catch deer along blowpipe.
▪ Jehana was fitting a dart into the blowpipe.
▪ Just like humans, they go hunting with their blowpipes and they erect snares and traps in the jungle.
▪ The drape billowed and a tiny figure crept stealthily out, a blowpipe raised to its hideous lips.
▪ Walking starkers through the forest, incredibly agile, never get tired, killed a monkey in a tree with a blowpipe.
Wiktionary

blowpipe

n. 1 (context chemistry English) a narrow tube through which a jet of air is directed onto a flame; used in the analysis of minerals etc and in jewelry manufacture 2 a weapon through which darts may be shot by blowing; a blowgun 3 (context glassblowing English) a long narrow pipe, rotated in the hands, upon which glassware is blown

WordNet

blowpipe

  1. n. a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat [syn: blowtube, blow tube]

  2. a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing [syn: blowgun, blowtube, blow tube]

Usage examples of "blowpipe".

His face became a mask, the skin drawn tightly over the bones, the eyes like refulgent globes of amber, the wide lips parted a little to show those fanglike foreteeth that humans usually did not notice, reminders that even the peaceful Nyssomu had been in their time hunters who went equipped with more than blowpipes and spears.

His face became a mask, the skin drawn tightly over the bones, the eyes like refulgent globes of amber, the wide lips parted a little to show those fanglike foreteeth that humans usually did not notice, reminders that even the peaceful Nyssomu had been in their time hunters who went equipped with more than blowpipes and spears.

There, surrounded by his gleaming beakers, flasks, retorts, and blowpipes, he could avoid the empty conversations and frivolous pursuits of the Polite World.

His blowpipe was in his hand, and he looked, not toward her, but over his shoulder to his back trail.

His blowpipe was ready and the first dart thudded deeply into the body of the leading larva.

One of the men moved forward into a crouch, lifting the enormous blowpipe to his mouth.

Just below the rim, he stretched out on his back and fitted the sections of his blowpipe together, then carefully inserted a two-inch dart, its needlepoint smeared with a viscous substance.

Slowly, he brought up his blowpipe, made certain that the war dart was still in place, then put it to his lips and took exacting aim.

He took time to disassemble his blowpipe and fit the sections back into their cylinder, then slung it and loped down to his boat.

Congress, however, would not give permission for the rebels to be armed with American Stinger ground-to-air missiles to take down the Russian gunships and ground attack aircraft, so our job was to train them in how to operate the Brit Blowpipe missiles instead.

They had only to be trained in the use of the blowpipe, or the fistula, as Ardzrouni suggested, easy to construct, since the area abounded in canebrakes.

Pekit men was gathered with their spears and blowpipes and sheathed mandau blades.

It was another axiom of his philosophy that non-combination safes have keys, that most keys are in the possession of the owners of the safes, and, therefore, that the plodding felon who finds it necessary to pack nitroglycerin and oxyacetylene blowpipes in his overnight bag is usually deficient in strategic genius.

Xemahoa, but they may not be around to call themselves anything for very much longer, in spite of the incredible last stand of their tribal shaman, their Bruxoa last stand not conducted with bows and poison arrows and blowpipes however!

Halberd heads, knife-sharp chainlike fighting irons, throwing stars, blowpipes that slid in sections like telescopes.