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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.
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Also called tuning pipe.
Origin of pitch pipe
First recorded in 1705–15
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How to use pitch pipe in a sentence
Both it and the pitch-pipe used by him as leader of the choir are now resting silent in Memorial Hall.The Old Furniture Book|N. Hudson Moore
He fumbled for his pitch-pipe, and arose with a confused intention of attempting a musical exorcism.The Last of the Mohicans|James Fenimore Cooper
We cannot believe that even Caius Gracchus could, when he was warmed by passion, have listened to Licinius's pitch-pipe.Practical Education, Volume II|Maria Edgeworth
Then begins the hollow and flute-like modulation of a pitch-pipe within the great building.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
He was also the first to use the pitch-pipe in order to ensure some degree of certainty in "striking up the tune" in church.Annals of Music in America|Henry Charles Lahee
British Dictionary definitions for pitch pipe
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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