- 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
Synonyms for pipe
Related Words for pipedvent, hose, duct, sewer, vessel, line, pipeline, transmit, siphon, canal, conduit, conveyer, aqueduct, spout, trough, main, channel, carry, funnel, convey
Examples from the Web for piped
Contemporary Examples of piped
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
November 29, 2014
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
October 27, 2013
All the water has to be piped in, and there is no obvious source.Qatar's Bad Bet In The West Bank
March 7, 2013
I piped up my objection, but it was the canonical term and there was no chance I would succeed in changing it.A Jewish American In Paris
January 15, 2013
At which point Brooke piped up, “Well, Schuyler, neither can we.”Brooke Astor’s Estate Is Auctioned, and a Friend Recalls Her Fondly
September 29, 2012
Historical Examples of piped
"I forgive thee from my heart, dear brother," piped the blind man.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"Not all skill—not all skill," piped the metallic voice, indistinctly.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
"But that would be unsanitary," piped a voice from the back of the room.City of Endless Night
"Smash him, Sam—smash in his nut for him," piped the smallest Micky cheerfully.The Harbor
Whenever she piped "James" her brother had to drop everything and report on deck.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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
Word Origin for pipe
Word Origin for pipe
Old English pipe "musical wind instrument," also "tube to convey water," from Vulgar Latin *pipa "a pipe, tube-shaped musical instrument" (source of Italian pipa, French pipe, Old Frisian pipe, German Pfeife, Danish pibe, Swedish pipa, Dutch pijp), a back-formation from Latin pipare "to chirp or peep," of imitative origin. All tubular senses ultimately derive from "small reed, whistle." Meaning "device for smoking" first recorded 1590s. Pipe-bomb attested from 1960. Pipe-cleaner recorded from 1863.
Old English pipian "to play on a pipe," from Latin pipare "to peep, chirp" (see pipe (n.1)). Cf. Dutch pijpen, German pfeifen. Meaning "convey through pipes" is first recorded 1887. Related: Piped; piping. Piping hot is in Chaucer, a reference to hissing of food in a frying pan; to pipe up (early 15c.) originally meant "to begin to play" (on a musical instrument); sense of "to speak out" is from 1856. Pipe down "be quiet" is from 1900; earlier in nautical jargon it meant "use a boatswain's whistle to dismiss the men from duty" (1833).
type of cask, early 14c., from Old French pipe "liquid measure, cask for wine," from a special use of Vulgar Latin *pipa "pipe" (see pipe (n.1)).
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