- 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.
- 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 pipepipeless, adjectivepipelike, adjectiveun·piped, adjective
Other definitions for pipe (2 of 2)
Origin of pipe2
How to use pipe in a sentence
Hamby campaigned to “Stop the San Diego Pipeline” in YouTube political ads, where he stood clad in Ray Bans before a pipe trailered into a lush field.Outsiders Are Wary of San Diego’s Multibillion-Dollar Pipeline Plan|MacKenzie Elmer|November 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The chemical probably was released by plastic pipes that melted during the fire.Technology and natural hazards clash to create ‘natech’ disasters|Megan Sever|November 13, 2020|Science News
In the shadow of today’s dominant platforms, it may seem like a pipe dream, but there are already examples of successful businesses fighting the current.
As instrumental solo albums by heavy-metal pipe organists go, this new one from Anna von Hausswolff is easy to like.Maybe go stare at a tree and listen to Anna von Hausswolff play the pipe organ|Chris Richards|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
In Europe, tighter regulations over what e-commerce platforms sell are coming down the pipe.Europe urges e-commerce platforms to share data in fight against coronavirus scams|Natasha Lomas|November 6, 2020|TechCrunch
For the enormous quantities of clean water that are piped in, an equal amount of sewage is piped out.The Secret to Tracking Ebola, MERS, and Flu? Sewers|Wudan Yan|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One observer recalled them hitting the ground “like melons,” as the music piped into the plaza played “How Deep Is Your Love?”
School administrators piped in about just what sort of sex ed their school provided (second hint: even less).
They were piped up out of the earth in a time before any witness was, but here they are.The Best Scenes From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Screenplay|Thomas Flynn|October 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All the water has to be piped in, and there is no obvious source.
In a calm moment that followed the child piped, without taking down her hands.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
Mains were laid down the middle of the streets and from these the water was piped into the houses.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
After the finish in the lower bay the wind piped up, the sea got up, and all raced hard for home.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
His hands were thrust into his pockets, as they usually were, and he piped out "Good-Morning" in a high tenor voice.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
So they went by the sea margin, and the man piped the song of the morrow, and the leaves followed behind them as they went.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for pipe (1 of 2)
- 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 (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pipe
Scientific definitions for pipe
Other Idioms and Phrases with pipe
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