- 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
Origin of pipe2
Related Words for pipesvent, hose, duct, sewer, vessel, line, pipeline, transmit, siphon, canal, conduit, conveyer, aqueduct, spout, trough, main, channel, carry, funnel, convey
Examples from the Web for pipes
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 28, 2014
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
October 30, 2014
Google and other companies have built various types of “third pipes,” for instance.The FCC Must Ignore the Silly ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates
May 19, 2014
The pipes and drums then commenced to play “The Barren Rocks of Aden.”Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
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
Historical Examples of pipes
Then Pipes and de Sheriff went back on me and I didn't care.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
And aren't we to have the pipes and tobacco, after coming so far to-night?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
What the pipes and tobacco were for, I could not then guess, but they were found to be useful.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
After they had had their smoke, passing the pipes from mouth to mouth, I brought forth our kettle.The Long Labrador Trail
The natives ornament their calumets or pipes with the skin of their neck.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- 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
"voice," 1580s, from pipe (n.1).
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