pitch pipe


noun

a small flute or reed pipe producing one or more pitches when blown into, used chiefly for establishing the proper pitch in singing or in tuning a musical instrument.

Nearby words

  1. pitch into,
  2. pitch lake,
  3. pitch line,
  4. pitch on,
  5. pitch pine,
  6. pitch plane,
  7. pitch shot,
  8. pitch surface,
  9. pitch wart,
  10. pitch woo

Origin of pitch pipe

First recorded in 1705–15

Also called tuning pipe.

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British Dictionary definitions for pitch pipe

pitch pipe

noun

a small pipe, esp one having a reed like a harmonica, that sounds a note or notes of standard frequency. It is used for establishing the correct starting note for unaccompanied singing
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