- 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
Definition for pipes (2 of 2)
Origin of pipe2
Example sentences from the Web for pipes
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the way to town, the other passenger said he wanted to pick something up at the DHL office: a box of pipes and tubes.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth|Christopher Dickey|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Google and other companies have built various types of “third pipes,” for instance.The FCC Must Ignore the Silly ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates|Nick Gillespie|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The pipes and drums then commenced to play “The Barren Rocks of Aden.”
Another fighter named Abdullah pipes up, agreeing with Akhund, saying he is also confused about what to do this year.Taliban Have Second Thoughts About Fighting in Afghanistan|Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau|April 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The pipes are best supported on rollers which allow of movement without straining the joints.
The pipes lead into a large brine tank, a cross section of which is shown in the figure.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
At that moment something like a dark cloud shot upward from the pipes and spread out, plume-fashion.The Moving Picture Girls at Rocky Ranch|Laura Lee Hope
All the pipes and horns go forth, each his own notes playing.The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry|W. G. Archer
The glee-wood (harp) was introduced, while pipes, flutes, and soft horns accompanied its strains.
British Dictionary definitions for pipes (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 pipes (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pipe
Scientific definitions for pipes
Idioms and Phrases with pipes
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