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water pipe

a pipe for conveying water.
a smoking apparatus, as a hookah or narghile, in which the smoke is drawn through a container of water and cooled before reaching the mouth.
Origin of water pipe
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for water-pipe
Historical Examples
  • A quick movement up the water-pipe, and his knee rested on the roof.

  • He felt safer in the amended suggestion that the object was a water-pipe.

  • The boys, you know, refuse a pull at the water-pipe; defiles 'em, they say.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath
  • They have a white man with them, and no doubt it was he who put them up to cutting the water-pipe.

    A Soldier's Daughter G. A. Henty
  • His eye had been caught by the water-pipe at the side of the window.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • If you have, rip it out, and Ill melt up a water-pipe into bullets.

    Mr. Munchausen

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • It's a matter of sixteen feet at most, and then we'll find a water-pipe.'

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • We went by the water-pipe track across the open, in broad daylight.

    At Ypres with Best-Dunkley Thomas Hope Floyd
  • The stem is hollow like a pipe, and is often used as a water-pipe.

    Far Off

    Favell Lee Mortimer
  • The cold weather burst the water-pipe in his office, or over it, and drove him off to the Spottswood Hotel.

British Dictionary definitions for water-pipe

water pipe

a pipe for water
another name for hookah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for water-pipe

c.1400, "conduit for water," from water (n.1) + pipe (n.1). The smoking sense is first attested 1824.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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