- 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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Examples from the Web for bagpipe
We marched into the dining-room keeping step to the music of a bagpipe.A Daughter of the Middle Border
Finally a native dance to the accompaniment of the bagpipe was executed.Lucretia Borgia
To bagpipe the mizen is to lay it aback, by bringing the sheet to the mizen-shrouds.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
In modern Scotland the bagpipe has altogether taken the place of the harp.Lady of the Lake
Sir Walter Scott
Let me tell you something that I have been thinking about the bagpipe.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
- (modifier) of or relating to the bagpipesa bagpipe maker
Word Origin and History for bagpipe
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