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a waste pipe
▪ a washing machine waste pipe
half pipe
peace pipe
pipe cleaner
pipe fitter
pipe of peace
pipe organ
piped music
▪ The pipes had burst and the house was under two feet of water.
piping hot (=used about food that is nice and hot)
▪ Serve the soup piping hot.
water pipe
▪ Another example is where a burst pipe occurs in our policyholder's home causing water damage to neighbouring property.
▪ She looked up at the bedroom ceiling, where a pale stain recalled a burst pipe nearly fifteen months ago.
▪ If you do have the misfortune to have a burst pipe, the most important thing is not to panic.
▪ While insulation will reduce heat loss, it will not necessarily prevent burst pipes.
▪ A temporary repair can also be made very quickly with a burst pipe clamp.
▪ A warm roof space is created, thus eliminating problems of condensation and burst pipes.
▪ J Elbow, iron one end For connecting copper pipe to screwed pipe or fittings.
▪ Nor should they be used on copper pipe as they will damage and distort it.
▪ Vices with pipe jaws are less likely to distort copper pipe: a pipe vice can usually be hired.
▪ For making joints in copper pipe, what you need depends on what sort of fittings you are using.
▪ He said the copper pipe could be filled with a mixture of fireworks powder.
▪ They are extremely heavy and expensive and eventually suffer from corrosion - particularly when used with copper pipe.
▪ Plastic and brass push-fit joints can also be used on copper pipe.
▪ We found the library wondrously warm, being ingeniously heated by hot pipes which also gushed water into the latrines.
▪ The water being driven along the hot pipes should get rid of the bubble of air.
▪ The hot water pipes gurgled as they had done for ten years.
▪ Nothing daunted, the bearers of comfort brought a flagon of ale and a long clay pipe.
▪ On reaching the fire, Joseph jumped out and began wheeling off the thick long hose pipe from the engine.
▪ Diesel is available on the pontoons from a long pipe which extends down from a makeshift pump at the pontoon head.
▪ It seemed as if the instruments they held - long pipes and hand drums - were somehow becoming part of their bodies.
▪ That was when Man discovered you could blow molten glass into a bubble at the end of a long metal pipe.
▪ He lights a long pipe and draws in the smoke before handing it to me.
▪ However, the old outlet pipe is not to be replaced before 1994/95.
▪ The old pipes were cracked, leaked.
▪ The inside of our blood vessels will look like rusty old pipes.
▪ I did these with an old Hoover pipe and a kettle!
▪ Forget Colonel Mustard with his dinky old lead pipe in the library.
▪ The only cure, however, is to remove lead from the water system altogether, by replacing old pipes and tanks.
▪ We are replacing an eighty-year-#old water pipe with a new water pipe.
▪ It is important that the waste pipe falls away from the outlet of the waste.
▪ They also stop insects crawling up the waste pipes.
▪ The first symptom of a frozen waste pipe is that the contents of a bath or basin will not flow out.
▪ The most likely reason that waste pipes have frozen is because you have a dripping tap.
▪ They had saved animals, destroyed logging equipment, blocked up chemical waste pipes.
▪ Depth of seal Traps come in different sizes for different diameters of waste pipe, and also in shallow and deep-seal versions.
▪ If neither of these methods works, it is likely that fat or grease is blocking the branch waste pipe further along.
▪ The waste from kitchen sinks also discharged into an open gully frequently the same one as the waste pipe.
▪ A pipe band coached by Forties platform manager Brian Lynch capped a memorable season by becoming champion of champions in their class.
▪ They could listen to the pipe bands and Tina liked watching the Highland dancers on the raised platform.
▪ The most renowned of these pipe bands travel periodically to the cities, where they perform in night spots for tourists.
▪ Kiltmakers have never been so popular with men who are not members of pipe bands.
▪ About 4,000 people marched along the twisting country road to the site, led by a traditional pipe band in full regalia.
▪ My parents had moved to the outskirts of Glasgow and I joined the local pipe band and met Duncan McIntyre.
▪ Although earning a well deserved rest, both of these men will continue their interest and support of the pipe band movement.
▪ We have three orchestras, several choirs, bands, a saxophone quartet and a pipe band.
▪ Police were also seeking a motive for an attempted pipe bomb attack on a house in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.
▪ The pipe bombs, on early evidence, appeared to be fairly crude.
▪ Black powder was used in the pipe bomb that caused the explosion, Daschle said.
▪ They left behind pipe bombs as their calling cards, although no one was ever injured.
▪ Police Minister Avigdor Kahalani said the explosives were pipe bombs packed with nails.
▪ In San Diego, all three devices, which shared some similarities, were pipe bombs delivered by mail.
▪ The park has been closed since early Saturday, when the pipe bomb exploded during a free concert.
▪ A pipe bomb hidden in a black backpack explodes in a park filled with people, injuring scores with shards of shrapnel.
▪ Nothing daunted, the bearers of comfort brought a flagon of ale and a long clay pipe.
▪ Then he filled his clay pipe with Prince Albert tobacco mixed with mullein weed for his bronchitis and lit it.
▪ In a small glass cabinet are examples of Tennyson's clay pipes and writing quills.
▪ Dad sat poking the dead ashes in the grate and sucking on his empty clay pipe.
▪ Drain materials Clay pipes are still used but they are not usually glazed.
▪ Example R.R. prices on the items illustrated are: Clay pipe £2.55; bridges £3.25 and £4.58; large skull £6.12.
▪ For now, it is only a pipe dream.
▪ Yet collective, national education re-form seems mostly a pipe dream.
▪ The November 1992 unveiling quickly became a pipe dream, and the museum now plans to finish the new wing incrementally.
▪ It was ready because the artfully crafted pipe dream of the land traffickers was beginning to sour.
▪ Of course, it's a pipe dream.
▪ What a pipe dream, we thought, as many children were getting no education at all.
▪ How are you going to ensure that Care in the Community is not just a pipe dream?
▪ Soon he switches his grip to the exhaust pipe, which starts coming away.
▪ She can transform oil drums, exhaust pipes and car wheels into fine musical instruments.
▪ A hosepipe was attached to the exhaust pipe leading into the interior of the van and the engine was still running.
▪ It may have been the way the exhaust pipe stained his boiler suit.
▪ An exhaust pipe for a car will fall into this exception.
▪ Brundle's trouble had been caused by a split exhaust pipe which overheated a shock absorber.
▪ Mechanics pushed our aircraft into a hangar and machined us a new stud for our exhaust pipe.
▪ The police promptly disclosed that one of the Weahterman members had slugged Elrod with a lead pipe.
▪ The installation of lead pipe is now prohibited.
▪ There had been no lead pipe.
▪ You can leave buried lead pipe in place.
▪ Forget Colonel Mustard with his dinky old lead pipe in the library.
▪ With regard to second-hand values, a good pipe organ is a better investment than an electronic instrument.
▪ Calvary's pipe organs are poised to sound somber notes of mourning for Earnhardt.
▪ Choirs, pipe organs and the teaching of music in seminaries were all encouraged.
▪ In a pipe organ of quality each pipe is a carefully-designed and individually-voiced musical instrument which produces only one frequency of sound.
▪ It had a pipe organ installed in 1924 which cost £400.
▪ Mine gained great pleasure from playing with a piece of plastic pipe.
▪ Lengths of plastic pipe are useful as a cave as they are light, and easy to move.
▪ If space is very tight, use flexible copper pipe or plastic pipe for some if not all of the final fittings.
▪ Keep your hacksaw handy for cutting plastic pipe, however.
▪ Solvent-weld fitting Cutting plastic pipe Plastic pipe can be cut easily with a hacksaw.
▪ Recently, plastic pipe has become available for home plumbing for both hot and cold water pipes.
▪ The little room smelled of his pipe tobacco, eau de Cologne, shit.
▪ The 1988 is a concentrated, complex, classic wine with blackcurrant flavors and aromas of cedar and pipe tobacco.
▪ The scent of rose water hung in the air, covering the stale smell of pipe tobacco and strong drink.
▪ She smells of pipe tobacco, which gives me a sort of comfort.
▪ Delaney was leaving the cover of a vent pipe when it happened.
▪ Each has a vent pipe from its respective circuit.
▪ The programme will involve stripping lead paint from housing, replacing lead water pipes and removing contaminated soil from Tehranmany areas.
▪ A water pipe jutted from the sandy village main street another half mile to the east.
▪ When nailing or screwing down carpet gripper strips, be careful to avoid piercing any water pipes or electricity cables.
▪ Think of our public systems as an infrastructure-like sewers, water pipes, and electrical lines-and the idea of transparency becomes clear.
▪ The hot water pipes gurgled as they had done for ten years.
▪ Yes, this location of the water pipe is correct.
▪ That night, two major water pipes were blown up, depriving Belfast of its water supplies.
▪ We used kerosene lamps and stood in line for hours with buckets to draw water from a public water pipe.
▪ McCready had shown him how to loosen the nut connecting the water pipe to the radiator.
▪ If the outlet is directly over the pipe, simply cut the pipe to length and push it over the outlet connection.
▪ A pipe-freezing kit makes two plugs of ice either side of the joint so that you can cut through the pipes.
▪ A hacksaw is all you need to cut the pipe.
▪ Then cut back the pipe tails to the old radiator position, and cap off the pipe ends.
▪ He filled the pipes that pacify the troubled, loaded the needles that puncture anxiety bubbles.
▪ He sat up, threw a jacket over his shoulders, and filled his pipe.
▪ Then he filled his clay pipe with Prince Albert tobacco mixed with mullein weed for his bronchitis and lit it.
▪ To prevent back-circulation, a non-return valve should be fitted into the pipe connected to the bottom of the solar panel.
▪ Take this opportunity to fit pipe insulation to any pipes in the under floor void.
▪ Taps are fitted at the ends of pipes; valves are fitted somewhere in the pipe run.
▪ It seemed as if the instruments they held - long pipes and hand drums - were somehow becoming part of their bodies.
▪ The creator of Yoknapatawpha County took shape on a bench, seated with his legs crossed, holding a pipe.
▪ It was the tooth that held my pipe - surely it couldn't be that one.
▪ Nate held his lighted pipe in one hand while his other hand held his elbow.
▪ The main ones are: Sockets for joining two lengths of pipe together: both push-fit and solvent-weld available.
▪ My parents had moved to the outskirts of Glasgow and I joined the local pipe band and met Duncan McIntyre.
▪ This type of joint will allow a certain degree of misalignment when the pipe is laid.
▪ Soon another pair began to lay eggs in another pipe.
▪ National Park chiefs brought the case against a firm laying pipes for Yorkshire Water because they illegally removed protected hedgerows.
▪ In the nineteen twenties water workers were laying a pipe when they came across this skeleton.
▪ Louis struck a match and lit his pipe.
▪ More solemn shadows flared as he lit his pipe, the sound of the drawing air strained and high.
▪ He lights a long pipe and draws in the smoke before handing it to me.
▪ He had difficulty sleeping and sometimes would call out in the night for me to help him light his pipe.
▪ Only Donald was moving in the room - lighting his pipe, shaking a paper open.
▪ But Lucie stayed after all, to play Balaam, and Izzie to play her pipe beforehand.
▪ There was an easel with a half-finished painting of a man in harlequin drag playing the pipes of Pan.
▪ One of them, doubtless the Substitute Prosecutor, was on his feet, playing with an unlit pipe.
▪ He used to stand there playing his imaginary pipes.
▪ Izzie played her pipe softly, breathily, while the sun shone through the stained-glass angel on to her face.
▪ I stop playing the pipes before we leave the town as I appear to be missing out as far as the wine is concerned!
▪ Somewhere somebody was playing a pipe, a sad fluting lament in the hot air.
▪ Gary and I laughed, but Nate just puffed away on his pipe.
▪ He squatted beside us and puffed loudly on his pipe.
▪ Nate looked proud, puffing on his pipe as he told us about his adventure.
▪ Do this with your fingers or a rag-covered stick Push the pipes into the fitting making sure that they are properly home.
▪ Smear a little Vaseline on the threads Push the pipe into the fitting until it meets the internal stop.
▪ Work in a well-ventilated space Push the pipe quickly into the fitting, twisting slightly.
▪ Watch out for the internal grab ring - it's sharp! Push the pipe into place with a slight twisting motion.
▪ Men smoked pipes, wore roll-neck jerseys and had a stolidly dependable air about them.
▪ Queequeg decides to smoke his tomahawk pipe and they visit, Queequeg telling Ishmael about himself and the island he came from.
▪ Hairy Back was smoking his pipe and laughing with a neighbour as he stood at his gate.
▪ As he noisily smoked his pipe, Fourth Uncle watched Gao Ma out of the corner of his eye.
▪ Supposing the tramp was there behind the clump, she thought, smoking his pipe and waiting to catch her?
▪ Then he sat down on the floor beside her and smoked his pipe.
▪ He was sitting in his chair, smoking a pipe, and my first reaction was not favourable.
▪ Father worn out from the beating he had administered, sat on the doorstep smoking his pipe.
▪ The latest design has slightly curved jaws, so can be used more effectively on pipes.
▪ Black powder was used in the pipe bomb that caused the explosion, Daschle said.
▪ If space is very tight, use flexible copper pipe or plastic pipe for some if not all of the final fittings.
▪ Nor should they be used on copper pipe as they will damage and distort it.
▪ If you don't have any appropriate fittings available, use a pipe repair putty or a special repair tape.
▪ They are extremely heavy and expensive and eventually suffer from corrosion - particularly when used with copper pipe.
▪ Plastic and brass push-fit joints can also be used on copper pipe.
▪ Plastic push-fit fittings can also be used for joining copper pipe see Joining plastic pipe for details.
piping hot
▪ An individual pie, topped with vanilla ice cream, is served piping hot to your table.
▪ Food should not be too hot, however, so you should avoid serving piping hot boiled meals.
▪ Or how the mayonnaise melted into a piping hot baked potato?
▪ Stir the clams into the sauce and heat for a further 1-2min until piping hot. 4.
▪ The chefs prepare your selections as you order them so they're served piping hot.
▪ There was a fruit pie of some sort with delicious crust pastry - each helping covered with freshly made piping hot custard.
▪ They arrive at the table still piping hot from the pan with an exterior that is crisp and light.
▪ To keep things piping hot and juicy, the meats are served on heated plates.
▪ Dad has smoked a pipe for years.
▪ Let a little water run in your sink so that your pipes don't freeze.
▪ sewer pipes
▪ At the second switchback, a Y in the trail breaks at a big yellow water pipe.
▪ Gary and I laughed, but Nate just puffed away on his pipe.
▪ Gas and drainage pipes had broken as a result of the settlement and there was a risk of further breaks.
▪ It took him three hours to uncover the pipe, the ground was so hard.
▪ Passing this liquid through pipes in the radiator allowed it to radiate energy into the cold of space.
▪ Silver waited calmly, his pipe in his mouth, as he watched his followers.
▪ The sound of the pipes came back from beyond, and no one was there in the room.
▪ Up above were the pipes of the cellar ceiling.
▪ Desperate for quiet they called police who told the old-timers to pipe down.
▪ From time to time she goes out and tells them to pipe down.
▪ We made our usual rest stop and got water from the mountainside that had been piped in, so pure and tasty.
▪ No Jacuzzi, no sauna, no music piped in.
▪ We have to get it piped in from town special.
▪ The rest will be piped in from their station in London.
▪ After the reception, the guests were piped in to a buffet dinner.
▪ A loose consistency of clay can be used in an old forcing bag to pipe out lines and patterns.
▪ Water piped out from the accordion folds.
▪ A further 42 percent is spread on farmland and 23 percent is dumped in landfills or piped out to sea.
▪ Sometimes they pipe out a medley, filling the woods with a cacophony of avian lechery.
▪ Just before we packed up and got aboard the truck, I piped up and down the beach for a few moments.
▪ I piped up in his defense, having had moments to collect my thoughts.
▪ Paul, who was in the back, piped up, plain as anything, play them.
▪ Then Monet piped up with a crisp definition.
▪ Every so often, a not-so-ordinary voice pipes up.
▪ Kerry White, of all people, piped up and withdrew from his top pocket a crumpled but entire Camel.
▪ Music pipes up with familiar tones that are difficult to place.
▪ Oh, I piped up, does that mean I get off?
▪ This paper addresses this by comparing three types of water supply, piped water, tube wells and shallow wells.
▪ The water pipes in the kitchen were frozen.
▪ They also abandoned thousands of miles of electric cables and water pipes to rot in the ground.
▪ He yanked at the roof. Water piped out from the accordion folds.
▪ This catchment area is around the lakes of Ullswater and Hawes Water from both of which water is piped to Manchester.
▪ The warm water was piped to the command module where it could be used for washing and added to dehydrated food packages.
▪ They drink mineral water piped into the Imperial and heated to 70 degrees Celsius and receive regular treatment.
▪ I awoke to hundreds of birds piping their morning song.
▪ No Jacuzzi, no sauna, no music piped in.
▪ Place a little icing in a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe a decorative border around each foil mirror.
▪ The answer-it is such an obvious question-is shouted forth on piping wings of derision.
▪ Then pipe inside the outlines to fill.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pipe \Pipe\, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. Peep, Pibroch, Fife.]

  1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces musical sounds; as, a shepherd's pipe; the pipe of an organ. ``Tunable as sylvan pipe.''

    Now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe.

  2. Any long tube or hollow body of wood, metal, earthenware, or the like: especially, one used as a conductor of water, steam, gas, etc.

  3. A small bowl with a hollow stem, -- used in smoking tobacco, and, sometimes, other substances.

  4. A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions.

  5. The key or sound of the voice. [R.]

  6. The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.

    The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds.

  7. pl. The bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow.

  8. (Mining) An elongated body or vein of ore.

  9. A roll formerly used in the English exchequer, otherwise called the Great Roll, on which were taken down the accounts of debts to the king; -- so called because put together like a pipe.
    --Mozley & W.

  10. (Naut.) A boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to their duties; also, the sound of it.

  11. [Cf. F. pipe, fr. pipe a wind instrument, a tube, fr. L. pipare to chirp. See Etymol. above.] A cask usually containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the quantity which it contains.

    Pipe fitter, one who fits pipes together, or applies pipes, as to an engine or a building.

    Pipe fitting, a piece, as a coupling, an elbow, a valve, etc., used for connecting lengths of pipe or as accessory to a pipe.

    Pipe office, an ancient office in the Court of Exchequer, in which the clerk of the pipe made out leases of crown lands, accounts of cheriffs, etc. [Eng.]

    Pipe tree (Bot.), the lilac and the mock orange; -- so called because their were formerly used to make pipe stems; -- called also pipe privet.

    Pipe wrench, or Pipe tongs, a jawed tool for gripping a pipe, in turning or holding it.

    To smoke the pipe of peace, to smoke from the same pipe in token of amity or preparatory to making a treaty of peace, -- a custom of the American Indians.


Pipe \Pipe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piped; p. pr. & vb. n. Piping.]

  1. To perform, as a tune, by playing on a pipe, flute, fife, etc.; to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe.

    A robin . . . was piping a few querulous notes.
    --W. Irving.

  2. (Naut.) To call or direct, as a crew, by the boatswain's whistle.

    As fine a ship's company as was ever piped aloft.

  3. To furnish or equip with pipes; as, to pipe an engine, or a building.


Pipe \Pipe\, v. i.

  1. To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music.

    We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced.
    --Matt. xi. 17.

  2. (Naut.) To call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on a pipe or whistle carried by a boatswain.

  3. To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle. ``Oft in the piping shrouds.''

  4. (Metal.) To become hollow in the process of solodifying; -- said of an ingot, as of steel.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English pipian "to play on a pipe," from Latin pipare "to peep, chirp" (see pipe (n.1)). Compare Dutch pijpen, German pfeifen. Meaning "convey through pipes" is first recorded 1887. Related: Piped; piping. Piping hot is in Chaucer, a reference to hissing of food in a frying pan; to pipe up (early 15c.) originally meant "to begin to play" (on a musical instrument); sense of "to speak out" is from 1856. Pipe down "be quiet" is from 1900, probably a reversal of this, but earlier (and concurrently) in nautical jargon it was a bo'sun's whistle signal to dismiss the men from duty (1833).


Old English pipe "musical wind instrument," also "tube to convey water," from Vulgar Latin *pipa "a pipe, tube-shaped musical instrument" (source also of Italian pipa, French pipe, Old Frisian pipe, German Pfeife, Danish pibe, Swedish pipa, Dutch pijp), a back-formation from Latin pipare "to chirp or peep," of imitative origin. All tubular senses ultimately derive from "small reed, whistle." Meaning "device for smoking" first recorded 1590s. Pipe-bomb attested from 1960. Pipe-cleaner recorded from 1863.


type of cask, early 14c., from Old French pipe "liquid measure, cask for wine," from a special use of Vulgar Latin *pipa "pipe" (see pipe (n.1)).


n. 1 (lb en heading) ''Wind instrument.'' 2 # (lb en music) A wind instrument consisting of a tube, often lined with holes to allow for adjustment in pitch, sounded by blowing into the tube. (from 10thc.) 3 # (lb en music) A hollow tube used to produce sound in an organ; an organ pipe. (from 14thc.) 4 # The key or sound of the voice. (from 16thc.) 5 # A high-pitched sound, especially of a bird. (from 18thc.) 6 (lb en heading) ''Hollow conduit.'' 7 # A rigid tube that transports water, steam(,) or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications. (from 10thc.) 8 # A tubular passageway in the human body; the windpipe, a blood vessel. (from 14thc.) 9 # (lb en Australia colloquial now historical) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libellous, written on a piece of paper which was rolled up and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies. (from 19thc.) 10 # (lb en idiomatic slang) A man's penis. 11 (lb en heading) ''Container.'' 12 # A large container for storing liquids or foodstuffs; now especially, a vat or cask of wine or cider. (from 14thc.) 13 # The contents of such a vessel, as a liquid measure; sometimes set at 126 wine gallons; half a tun. (from 14thc.) 14 (lb en heading) ''Something resembling a tube.'' 15 # Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color. (from 15thc.) 16 # (lb en mining) An elongated or irregular body or vein of ore. (from 17thc.) 17 # (lb en geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic brecci

  1. (from 19thc.) 18 # (lb en heading) ''In computing.'' 19 ## The character '''(unsupported: pipe)'''. (from 20thc.) 20 ## A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input. (from 20thc.) 21 ## (lb en slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access. (from 20thc.) 22 ##: (ux en A fat '''pipe''' is a high-bandwidth connection.) 23 # A type of pasta, similar to macaroni. 24 # (lb en lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal. 25 (lb en heading) ''Smoking implement.'' 26 # (lb en smoking) A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking, especially a tobacco pipe but also including various other forms such as a water pipe. (from 16thc.) 27 ## The use of such a pipe for smoking tobacco. 28 ##* (RQ:WBsnt IvryGt: III) 29 ##*: At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.(...)In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a '''pipe''' and a cheerful glass. 30 # (lb en North America colloquial now historical) The distance travelled between two rest periods during which one could smoke a pipe. (from 18thc.) v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes. 2 (context transitive English) To install or configure with pipes. 3 (context intransitive English) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe. 4 (context nautical English) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe. 5 (context transitive figuratively English) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission. 6 (context transitive English) To decorate with piping. 7 (context transitive English) To dab away moisture from. 8 To shout loudly and at high pitch. 9 (context transitive computing chiefly Unix English) To directly feed (the output of one program) as input to another program, indicated by the pipe character at the command line. 10 To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle. 11 To become hollow in the process of solidifying; said of an ingot of metal.

  1. n. a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco [syn: tobacco pipe]

  2. a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc. [syn: pipage, piping]

  3. a hollow cylindrical shape [syn: tube]

  4. a tubular wind instrument [syn: tabor pipe]

  5. the flues and stops on a pipe organ [syn: organ pipe, pipework]

  1. v. utter a shrill cry [syn: shriek, shrill, pipe up]

  2. transport by pipeline; "pipe oil, water, and gas into the desert"

  3. play on a pipe; "pipe a tune"

  4. trim with piping; "pipe the skirt"


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Pipe (instrument)

A pipe is a tubular wind instrument in general, or various specific wind instruments. The word is an onomatopoeia, and comes from the tone which can resemble that of a bird chirping.

Pipe (fluid conveyance)

A pipe is a tubular section or hollow cylinder, usually but not necessarily of circular cross-section, used mainly to convey substances which can flow — liquids and gases (fluids), slurries, powders and masses of small solids. It can also be used for structural applications; hollow pipe is far stiffer per unit weight than solid members.

In common usage the words pipe and tube are usually interchangeable, but in industry and engineering, the terms are uniquely defined. Depending on the applicable standard to which it is manufactured, pipe is generally specified by a nominal diameter with a constant outside diameter (OD) and a schedule that defines the thickness. Tube is most often specified by the OD and wall thickness, but may be specified by any two of OD, inside diameter (ID), and wall thickness. Pipe is generally manufactured to one of several international and national industrial standards. While similar standards exist for specific industry application tubing, tube is often made to custom sizes and a broader range of diameters and tolerances. Many industrial and government standards exist for the production of pipe and tubing. The term "tube" is also commonly applied to non-cylindrical sections, i.e., square or rectangular tubing. In general, "pipe" is the more common term in most of the world, whereas "tube" is more widely used in the United States.

Both "pipe" and "tube" imply a level of rigidity and permanence, whereas a hose (or hosepipe) is usually portable and flexible. Pipe assemblies are almost always constructed with the use of fittings such as elbows, tees, and so on, while tube may be formed or bent into custom configurations. For materials that are inflexible, cannot be formed, or where construction is governed by codes or standards, tube assemblies are also constructed with the use of tube fittings.

Pipe (car)

Pipe was a Belgian automobile manufacturer founded by the brothers Alfred and Victor Goldschmidt. The company was also known as Compagnie Belge de Construction Automobiles.

In 1900 they presented their first car in Brussels under the name Pipe. This model was similar to cars made by Panhard & Levassor. This Pipe car was powered by a two-cylinder engine.

In 1901, a sporty model was made, the Pipe 15 CV, with a four-cylinder engine. This model was a good design to use in racing, and was used in the Paris to Berlin race. Pipe also built cars with more powerful engines, such as the Pipe 90 CV from 1903, and the Pipe 60 CV from 1904. The latter model had a 13.5 litre four-cylinder engine.

In 1907, over 300 cars of the types 28, 50 and 80 CV were sold. Because of this, Pipe became one of the largest Belgian car manufacturers. Pipe cars were not only sold in Belgium, but they were exported to many different countries.

During the First World War, the factory was partly destroyed. Only in 1921 did it resume car manufacture. In that year, Pipe presented two new models, with 3.0 and 9.0 litre, but these models were presented badly. The management decided to switch to the manufacture of trucks instead.

Usage examples of "pipe".

Next day the Baron technically did give Granny Aching gold, but it was only the gold-coloured foil on an ounce of Jolly Sailor, the cheap and horrible pipe tobacco that was the only one Granny Aching would ever smoke.

If I had acriflavine, I could squirt it up your pipe in a bulb syringe.

He had the advantage of owning an excellent network of reporters of transgressions, for he enlisted Lucius Decumius and his crossroads brethren as informers, and cracked down very hard on merchants who weighed light or measured short, on builders who infringed boundaries or used poor materials, on landlords who had cheated the water companies by inserting bigger-bore adjutage pipes from the mains into their properties than the law prescribed.

Tarrant entered the aeroponics room, the gleaming white PVC pipe and enameled steel in shining contrast to the dim red of the fishery.

They figured the Kurds, Afghanis, and Tuaregs already there would like a bit of smoke, and they could always refine opium into heroin if the Irish and Basques preferred needles to pipes.

A double-ended pipe shear would kill every man aft, maybe you guys too.

A hundred feet aft, the outer door of the signal ejector opened, and twenty seconds later a solenoid valve in a branch pipe from the auxiliary seawater system popped open, sending high-pressure seawater into the bottom of the signal ejector tube that pushed out the radio buoy.

Amid the smoke, deafened by the incessant reports which always made him jump, Tushin not taking his pipe from his mouth ran from gun to gun, now aiming, now counting the charges, now giving orders about replacing dead or wounded horses and harnessing fresh ones, and shouting in his feeble voice, so high pitched and irresolute.

Benzoic aldehyde was only moderately flammable, but the prospect of setting himself on fire with his own pipe conformed to his worst ideas of the indignity that death would one day visit upon him.

Tappng his pipe out on the railing above Alec, the man disappeared back into the room.

He discovered that he could align himself between two pipes and pull himself hand over hand with relative ease.

I was glued to my keyhole, mesmerized, as Fatty piped some command and a score of amahs clacked forward to parade the girls.

He thought of the ancient legends of Ultimate Chaos, at whose centre sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a demoniac flute held in nameless paws.

Nyarlathotep, the mad faceless god, howls blindly in the darkness to the piping of two amorphous idiot flute--players.

The man finished tamping, slipped his foot into a waiting boot, then lit the pipe with the anachronistic lighter in his left hand.