- a tube through which a stream of air or gas is forced into a flame to concentrate and increase its heating action.
- Also called blow-iron, blowtube. Glass Blowing. a long metal pipe used to gather and blow the molten glass in making hollowware.
- Medicine/Medical. an instrument used to observe or clean a cavity.
Origin of blowpipe
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Examples from the Web for blow-pipe
How rapidly the man worked with the great mass on his blow-pipe!The Story of Glass
Sara Ware Bassett
A plume-quill from the wing of the ibis served me for a blow-pipe.The Hunters' Feast
Presently he placed his blow-pipe within the loop of a sipo.
Duppo had slung his blow-pipe at his back, and held his bow with an arrow to shoot.
It, however, got away before he could bring his blow-pipe to bear on it.
- a long tube from which pellets, poisoned darts, etc, are shot by blowingUS word: blowgun
- Also called: blow tube a tube for blowing air or oxygen into a flame to intensify its heat and direct it onto a small area
- a long narrow iron pipe used to gather molten glass and blow it into shape
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Word Origin and History for blow-pipe
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