a vertical pipe or tower into which water is pumped to obtain a required head.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



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
a temporary freshwater outlet installed in a street during a period when household water supplies are cut off
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