Related formspip·ing·ly, adverb
Definition for piping (2 of 2)
- 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
Related formspipe·less, adjectivepipe·like, adjectiveun·piped, adjective
Examples from the Web for piping
When the piping finally concludes, a third man steps forward.
He said he was a retired pipe designer, and had done the piping for the Wild Turkery distillery down the road.Behind the Scenes at Debate, a Surreal Trip Inside the Spin Zone|David Freedlander|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
That sober statement in the piping voice had a strange effect upon Allison.Then I'll Come Back to You|Larry Evans
“I hear a sound in the wind that is like a sound of piping,” quoth she.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI|Robert Louis Stevenson
Stir steadily with a wooden spoon and, when velvety, serve a-sizzle on piping hot beer-soaked toast.The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
Instead of piping, "Hi, Mr. Crowninshield, did you find out anything?"Walter and the Wireless|Sara Ware Bassett
Suddenly from somewhere near Ivy there came a thin, piping sound.IT and Other Stories|Gouverneur Morris
British Dictionary definitions for piping (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for piping (2 of 3)
- 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 Formspipeless, adjectivepipy, adjective
Word Origin for pipe
British Dictionary definitions for piping (3 of 3)
Word Origin for pipe
Science definitions for piping
Idioms and Phrases with piping
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