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[dreyn-pahyp] /ˈdreɪnˌpaɪp/
a large pipe that carries away the discharge of waste pipes, soil pipes, etc.
Origin of drainpipe
First recorded in 1855-60; drain + pipe1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For this reason chloride of lime is an excellent disinfectant of drainpipes.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • Thirdly, it must be perfectly ventilated—not the drainpipes merely,—but the room itself in summer and in winter.

  • In the course of time they reach the quiet upper reaches of the river or go up rivulets and drainpipes to the isolated ponds.

  • The drainpipes from the roof have decayed to such a degree that in some instances as little as a quarter of the pipe remains.

    The Pivot of Civilization Margaret Sanger
  • Its drainpipes, and not its glorification of the individual, got into his brain.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for drainpipes


plural noun
trousers with very narrow legs


a pipe for carrying off rainwater, sewage, etc; downpipe
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