[ pahyp ]
/ paɪp /
a hollow cylinder of metal, wood, or other material, used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc.
a tube of wood, clay, hard rubber, or other material, with a small bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco, opium, etc.
a quantity, as of tobacco, that fills the bowl of such a smoking utensil.
- 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.
the call or utterance of a bird, frog, etc.
pipes, Informal. the human vocal cords or the voice, especially as used in singing.
any of various tubular or cylindrical objects, parts, or formations, as an eruptive passage of a volcano or geyser.
- a cylindrical vein or body of ore.
- (in South Africa) a vertical, cylindrical matrix, of intrusive igneous origin, in which diamonds are found.
Metallurgy. a depression occurring at the center of the head of an ingot as a result of the tendency of solidification to begin at the bottom and sides of the ingot mold.
Botany. the stem of a plant.
verb (used without object), piped, pip·ing.
to play on a pipe.
Nautical. to signal, as with a boatswain's pipe.
to speak in a high-pitched or piercing tone.
to make or utter a shrill sound like that of a pipe: songbirds piping at dawn.
verb (used with object), piped, pip·ing.
to convey by or as by pipes: to pipe water from the lake.
to supply with pipes.
to play (music) on a pipe or pipes.
to summon, order, etc., by sounding the boatswain's pipe or whistle: all hands were piped on deck.
to bring, lead, etc., by or as by playing on a pipe: to pipe dancers.
to utter in a shrill tone: to pipe a command.
to trim or finish with piping, as an article of clothing.
Cookery. to force (dough, frosting, etc.) through a pastry tube onto a baking sheet, cake or pie, etc.
Informal. to convey by an electrical wire or cable: to pipe a signal from the antenna.
Slang. to look at; notice: Pipe the cat in the hat.
pipe down, Slang. to stop talking; be quiet: He shouted at us to pipe down.
- 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.
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Origin of pipe1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English, Old English pīpe musical pipe, tube (cognate with Dutch pijp, Low German pīpe, German Pfeife, Old Norse pīpa) < Vulgar Latin *pīpa, derivative of Latin pīpāre to chirp, play a pipe; (v.) Middle English pipen; in part continuing Old English pīpian to play a pipe < Latin pīpāre; in part < Old French piper to make a shrill sound < Latin pīpāre (cf. peep2)
OTHER WORDS FROM pipepipe·less, adjectivepipe·like, adjectiveun·piped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pipe up (1 of 3)
verb (intr, adverb)
to commence singing or playing a musical instrumentthe band piped up
to speak up, esp in a shrill voice
British Dictionary definitions for pipe up (2 of 3)
/ (paɪp) /
a long tube of metal, plastic, etc, used to convey water, oil, gas, etc
a long tube or case
- 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
Also called: pipeful the amount of tobacco that fills the bowl of a pipe
zoology botany any of various hollow organs, such as the respiratory passage of certain animals
- 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
an obsolete three-holed wind instrument, held in the left hand while played and accompanied by the taborSee tabor
the pipes See bagpipes
a shrill voice or sound, as of a bird
- a boatswain's pipe
- the sound it makes
(plural) informal the respiratory tract or vocal cords
metallurgy a conical hole in the head of an ingot, made by escaping gas as the metal cools
a cylindrical vein of rich ore, such as one of the vertical diamond-bearing veins at Kimberley, South Africa
Also called: volcanic pipe a vertical cylindrical passage in a volcano through which molten lava is forced during eruption
US slang something easy to do, esp a simple course in college
put that in your pipe and smoke it informal accept that fact if you can
to play (music) on a pipe
(tr) to summon or lead by a pipeto pipe the dancers
to utter (something) shrilly
- to signal orders to (the crew) by a boatswain's pipe
- (tr) to signal the arrival or departure ofto pipe the admiral aboard
(tr) to convey (water, gas, etc) by a pipe or pipes
(tr) to provide with pipes
(tr) to trim (an article, esp of clothing) with piping
(tr) to force (cream, icing, etc) through a shaped nozzle to decorate food
Derived forms of pipepipeless, adjectivepipy, adjective
Word Origin for pipe
Old English pīpe (n), pīpian (vb), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp
British Dictionary definitions for pipe up (3 of 3)
/ (paɪp) /
a large cask for wine, oil, etc
a measure of capacity for wine equal to four barrels. 1 pipe is equal to 126 US gallons or 105 Brit gallons
a cask holding this quantity with its contents
Word Origin for pipe
C14: via Old French (in the sense: tube, tubular vessel), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp; compare pipe 1
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Scientific definitions for pipe up
[ pīp ]
A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
See volcanic pipe.
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Idioms and Phrases with pipe up (1 of 2)
Speak up, as in Finally she piped up, “I think I've got the winning ticket,” or Pipe up if you want more pancakes. This term originally referred to a high, piping tone. [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with pipe up (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
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