standpipe

[stand-pahyp]
noun
  1. a vertical pipe or tower into which water is pumped to obtain a required head.
  2. a water pipe for supplying the fire hoses of a building, connected with the water supply of the building and usually with a siamese outside the building.

Origin of standpipe

First recorded in 1840–50; stand + pipe1
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Examples from the Web for standpipe

Historical Examples of standpipe

  • If the street is blessed with a standpipe, it seems designed as a post for leaping.

    Chimney-Pot Papers

    Charles S. Brooks

  • A conversation, begun at the standpipe, progressed to the telegraph pole, and at last came opposite the kitchen.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

  • The head or pressure in a standpipe is what causes water to move through the pipes which offer resistance to the flow.

  • The mixing chamber and valve chamber were one and the standpipe or jet protruded into the mixing chamber.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag

  • The service rendered by the standpipe is similar to that of the air cushion discussed in Section 184.

    General Science

    Bertha M. Clark


British Dictionary definitions for standpipe

standpipe

noun
  1. a vertical pipe, open at the upper end, attached to a pipeline or tank serving to limit the pressure head to that of the height of the pipe
  2. a temporary freshwater outlet installed in a street during a period when household water supplies are cut off
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