- 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
Example sentences from the Web for 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|Wudan Yan|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
I piped up my objection, but it was the canonical term and there was no chance I would succeed in changing it.
At which point Brooke piped up, “Well, Schuyler, neither can we.”Brooke Astor’s Estate Is Auctioned, and a Friend Recalls Her Fondly|Barbara Goldsmith|September 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And of course with the Dabney field it could be piped back to Earth if any sponsor wanted it.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
At night, when the hammocks were piped down, the three went to theirs in the forepart of the ship.From Powder Monkey to Admiral|W.H.G. Kingston
The hammocks were piped down, those who were intoxicated were put to bed, and the ship was once more quiet.Peter Simple|Frederick Marryat
Great cemented aqueducts were built to carry it across valleys; it was piped through hills.The Happy Golfer|Henry Leach
Sandy piped and gave them all he made, which was little enough.The Wee Scotch Piper|Madeline Brandeis
British Dictionary definitions for piped (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 piped (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pipe
Scientific definitions for piped
Idioms and Phrases with piped
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