- 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.
- boatswain's pipe.
- the sound of a boatswain's pipe.
- 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
But they had not quit and here they now were as the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums came into the Garden.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation|Michael Daly|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Eventually, though, some clever person shyly pipes up: “You know, keep one eye on John Kasich.”John Kasich’s Unforgivable Truth About Obamacare|Michael Tomasky|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dusty books, smoking pipes, tarot cards, and a Ouija board fill the antique furniture positioning any object as a clue.Escape the Room—New York's Hottest Game|Justin Jones|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Elizabethan pipes were so small that now when they are dug up in Ireland the poor call them 'fairy pipes' from their tininess.
Smokers, tossing pipes and puffing smoke over the dinner-table, forgot all cleanliness and modesty.
Pipes grew larger and ruled by a Dutchman, all England smoked in peace.
Beneath it were pipes or flues connected with other pipes which ran beneath the whole house.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
Men of the higher classes keep two or three servants to attend to their pipes.
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