- a tube used as, or to form an essential part of, a musical wind instrument.
- a musical wind instrument consisting of a single tube of straw, reed, wood, or other material, as a flute, clarinet, or oboe.
- one of the wooden or metal tubes from which the tones of an organ are produced.
- a small end-blown flute played with one hand while the other beats a small drum.
- a cylindrical vein or body of ore.
- (in South Africa) a vertical, cylindrical matrix, of intrusive igneous origin, in which diamonds are found.
verb (used without object), piped, pip·ing.
verb (used with object), piped, pip·ing.
- to begin to play (a musical instrument) or to sing.
- to make oneself heard; speak up, especially as to assert oneself.
- to increase in velocity, as the wind.
Origin of pipe1
OTHER WORDS FROM pipepipe·less, adjectivepipe·like, adjectiveun·piped, adjective
Words nearby pipe
British Dictionary definitions for pipe down (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for pipe down (2 of 3)
- an object made in any of various shapes and sizes, consisting of a small bowl with an attached tubular stem, in which tobacco or other substances are smoked
- (as modifier)a pipe bowl
- any musical instrument whose sound production results from the vibration of an air column in a simple tube
- any of the tubular devices on an organ, in which air is made to vibrate either directly, as in a flue pipe, or by means of a reed
- a boatswain's pipe
- the sound it makes
- to signal orders to (the crew) by a boatswain's pipe
- (tr) to signal the arrival or departure ofto pipe the admiral aboard
Derived forms of pipepipeless, adjectivepipy, adjective
Word Origin for pipe
British Dictionary definitions for pipe down (3 of 3)
Word Origin for pipe
Scientific definitions for pipe down
Idioms and Phrases with pipe down (1 of 2)
Stop talking, be quiet, as in I wish you children would pipe down. This idiom is also used as an imperative, as in Pipe down! We want to listen to the opera. It comes from the navy, where the signal for all hands to turn in was sometimes sounded on a whistle or pipe. By 1900 it had been transferred to more general use.
Idioms and Phrases with pipe down (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with pipe
- pipe down
- pipe dream
- pipe up
- in the pipeline
- lead-pipe cinch
- put that in your pipe