Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

windpipe

[wind-pahyp] /ˈwɪndˌpaɪp/
noun
1.
the trachea of an air-breathing vertebrate.
Origin of windpipe
1520-1530
1520-30; wind1 + pipe1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for windpipe
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • My brother felt that it must be the windpipe, because when you kicked someone there he lost his breath.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • Out with thy scissors, and cut that cloth or thy own windpipe!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • Further investigation developed the fact that the windpipe was the pit of the stomach.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • Posteriorly it opens into and is continuous with the windpipe.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • The soreness in the throat may extend down the windpipe, and membranes may form there.

    Diphtheria Public Health Service
  • Do not include the cartilages of the windpipe in the stitches.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for windpipe

windpipe

/ˈwɪndˌpaɪp/
noun
1.
a nontechnical name for trachea (sense 1) related adjective tracheal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for windpipe
n.

"trachea," 1520s, from wind (n.1) in the "breath" sense + pipe (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
windpipe in Medicine

windpipe wind·pipe (wĭnd'pīp')
n.
See trachea.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
windpipe in Science
windpipe
  (wĭnd'pīp')   
See trachea.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for windpipe

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for windpipe

16
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for windpipe