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Webster 1913 Edition


Pipe

Pipe

,
Noun.
[AS.
pīpe
, 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.”
Milton.
Now had he rather hear the tabor and the
pipe
.
Shakespeare
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.]
Shak.
6.
The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.
The earliest
pipe
of half-awakened birds.
Tennyson.
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

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

Pipe

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

Webster 1828 Edition


Pipe

PIPE

,
Noun.
[Eng. fife.]
1.
A wind instrument of music, consisting of a long tube of wood or metal; as a rural pipe. The word, I believe, is not now the proper technical name of any particular instrument, but is applicable to any tubular wind instrument, and it occurs in bagpipe.
2.
A long tube or hollow body; applied to the veins and arteries of the body, and to many hollow bodies, particularly such as are used for conductors of water or other fluids.
3.
A tube of clay with a bowl at one end; used in smoking tobacco.
4.
The organs of voice and respiration; as in windpipe.
5.
The key or sound of the voice.
6.
In England, a roll in the exchequer, or the exchequer itself. Hence, pipe-office is an office in which the clerk of the pipe makes out leases of crown lands, accounts of sheriffs, &c.
7.
A cask containing two hogsheads or 120 gallons, used for wine; or the quantity which it contains.
8.
In mining, a pipe is where the ore runs forward endwise in a hole, and does not sink downwards or in a vein.

PIPE

,
Verb.
I.
To play on a pipe, fife, flute or other tubular wind instrument of music.
We have piped to you, and ye have not danced. Matt.11.
1.
To have a shrill sound; to whistle.

PIPE

,
Verb.
T.
To play on a wind instrument. 1 Cor.14.

Definition 2022


Pipe

Pipe

See also: pipe

Spanish

Proper noun

Pipe ?

  1. (Chile, informal) A diminutive of the male given name Felipe.
  2. diminutive of Felipe

pipe

pipe

See also: Pipe

English

Noun

pipe (plural pipes)

A man playing pipe and tabor
  1. (heading) Wind instrument.
    1. (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.]
    2. (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound in an organ; an organ pipe. [from 14thc.]
    3. The key or sound of the voice. [from 16thc.]
      • 1601-1602, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene iv, verses 31-32:
        thy small pipe / Is as the maiden's organ, shrill and sound []
    4. A high-pitched sound, especially of a bird. [from 18thc.]
  2. (heading) Hollow conduit.
    1. A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications. [from 10thc.]
    2. A tubular passageway in the human body; the windpipe, a blood vessel. [from 14thc.]
    3. (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.]
      • 1818 September 26, Sydney Gazette, on William Bland being convicted of libelling Governor Macquarie in a pipe, quoted in 2004, Michael Connor (editor), More Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia′s First Newspaper, Vol.2 (Duffy and Snellgrove, ISBN 1-876631-91-0):
        yet, it is much to be hoped, that from his example pipe-making will in future be reposed solely in the hands of Mr. William Cluer[an earthenware pipe maker] of the Brickfield Hill.
    4. (idiomatic, slang) A man's ****.
      • 2006, Monique A. Williams, Neurotica: an Honest Examination Into Urban Sexual Relations, p.7:
        He grabs my legs and throws them over his shoulders, putting his big pipe inside me []
      • 2010, Eric Summers, Teammates, p.90:
        He punctuated his demand with a deep thrust up CJ's hole. His giant pipe drove almost all the way in, pulsing against his fingers beside it.
      • 2011, Mickey Erlach, Gym Buddies & Buff Boys, p.64:
        He laughed as he knelt down between Duncan's splayed thighs and tore open a packaged condom, then rolled it down over his big ****-pipe.
  3. (heading) Container.
    1. A large container for storing liquids or foodstuffs; now especially, a vat or cask of wine or cider. [from 14thc.]
      • 1846, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Cask of Amontillado’:
        I said to him — “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day! But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts.”
    2. The contents of such a vessel, as a liquid measure; sometimes set at 126 wine gallons; half a tun. [from 14thc.]
      • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p.205:
        Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons.
  4. (heading) Something resembling a tube.
    1. 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.]
    2. (mining) An elongated or irregular body or vein of ore. [from 17thc.]
    3. (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia. [from 19thc.]
    4. (heading) In computing.
      1. The character |. [from 20thc.]
      2. A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input. [from 20thc.]
      3. (slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access. [from 20thc.]
        A fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.
    5. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni.
    6. (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
  5. (heading) Smoking implement.
    1. (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.]
      1. The use of such a pipe for smoking tobacco.
        • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
          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.
    2. (Canada, US, colloquial, now historical) The distance travelled between two rest periods during which one could smoke a pipe. [from 18thc.]

Synonyms

Hyponyms

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Derived terms

Translations

Verb

pipe (third-person singular simple present pipes, present participle piping, simple past and past participle piped)

  1. (transitive) To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
  2. (transitive) To install or configure with pipes.
  3. (intransitive) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
  4. (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 23,
      "Pipe down the starboard watch, Boatswain, and see that they go."
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
  6. (transitive) To decorate with piping.
    • 1998, Merehurst Staff, Nicholas Lodge, Janice Murfitt, Graham Tann, The international school of sugarcraft: Beginners (page 108)
      This means a quantity of runouts can be made in advance, allowing more time to flat ice and pipe the cake.
  7. (transitive) To dab away moisture from.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      Our chimney was a square hole in the roof: it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house, and kept us coughing and piping the eye.
  8. To shout loudly and at high pitch.
  9. (transitive, computing, chiefly Unix) 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.
    • Wordsworth
      oft in the piping shrouds
  11. To become hollow in the process of solidifying; said of an ingot of metal.

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pip/

Etymology 1

From verb piper

Noun

pipe f (plural pipes)

  1. tobacco pipe
  2. (vulgar) fellatio
    • Faire une pipe.
    • Tailler une pipe.

Etymology 2

From English

Noun

pipe m (plural pipes)

  1. the pipe symbol (|)

Italian

Noun

pipe f

  1. plural of pipa

Anagrams


Norman

Noun

pipe f (plural pipes)

  1. (Jersey) 120 gallons

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse pípa

Noun

pipe f, m (definite singular pipa or pipen, indefinite plural piper, definite plural pipene)

  1. a chimney
  2. (smoking) a pipe
  3. an organ pipe

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse pípa

Noun

pipe f (definite singular pipa, indefinite plural piper, definite plural pipene)

  1. a chimney
  2. (smoking) a pipe
  3. an organ pipe

Derived terms

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Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowing from English pipe.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈpajp/, /ˈpaj.pi/

Noun

pipe m (uncountable)

  1. (computing) pipe (the redirection of the output of a process directly into the input of another)