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  1. a tube through which a stream of air or gas is forced into a flame to concentrate and increase its heating action.
  2. Also called blow-iron, blowtube. Glass Blowing. a long metal pipe used to gather and blow the molten glass in making hollowware.
  3. blowgun.
  4. Medicine/Medical. an instrument used to observe or clean a cavity.

Origin of blowpipe

First recorded in 1675–85; blow2 + pipe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Examples from the Web for blowpipe

Historical Examples of blowpipe

  • I just love to talk at you when you've got your mouth full of a blowpipe.

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • I asked, amazed at the skill with which he handled the blowpipe.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Almost as he said it, the steel beneath the blowpipe became incandescent.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Only one of our men had been wounded,—he by an arrow from a blowpipe.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • How to solder, either by the blowpipe or by the "bit," is now and then useful knowledge.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

British Dictionary definitions for blowpipe


  1. a long tube from which pellets, poisoned darts, etc, are shot by blowingUS word: blowgun
  2. 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
  3. a long narrow iron pipe used to gather molten glass and blow it into shape
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