- Often bagpipes. a reed instrument consisting of a melody pipe and one or more accompanying drone pipes protruding from a windbag into which the air is blown by the mouth or a bellows.
- Nautical. to back (a fore-and-aft sail) by hauling the sheet to windward.
Origin of bagpipe
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There will be prayers, a moment of silence, bagpipes and a military flyover.Dallas Lays Elaborate but Dignified Plans to Celebrate Assassination Anniversary
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This Scottish fighter came in with a full honor guard, bagpipes, kilts, the whole kit.Why Spectators Sports Thrive or Die
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When I was in high school, I started playing the Scottish Highland bagpipes competitively.
There may be some people who have a prejudice against the bagpipes.
Among the party was Sergeant Clarke, who brought his bagpipes with him.
Wandering Willie was nowhere, but the atmosphere was full of bagpipes.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Pay the man that played upon me after I was made into bagpipes!Wilfrid Cumbermede
There were brass bands, drum and fife bands, and bands of bagpipes.Ireland as It Is
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- any of a family of musical wind instruments in which sounds are produced in reed pipes supplied with air from a bag inflated either by the player's mouth, as in the Irish bagpipes or Highland bagpipes of Scotland, or by arm-operated bellows, as in the Northumbrian bagpipes
- (modifier) of or relating to the bagpipesa bagpipe maker
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Word Origin and History for bagpipes
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