• WordNet 3.6
    • n bagpipe a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although identified with Scotland, bagpipes are actually a very ancient instrument, introduced into the British Isles by the Romans.
    • n Bagpipe A musical wind instrument, now used chiefly in the Highlands of Scotland.☞ It consists of a leather bag, which receives the air by a tube that is stopped by a valve; and three sounding pipes, into which the air is pressed by the performer. Two of these pipes produce fixed tones, namely, the bass, or key tone, and its fifth, and form together what is called the drone; the third, or chanter, gives the melody.
    • v. t Bagpipe To make to look like a bagpipe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.
    • n bagpipe A musical wind-instrument consisting of a leathern bag, which receives the air from the mouth, or from bellows, and of pipes, into which the air is pressed from the bag by the performer's elbow. It originated in the East, was known to the Greeks and Romans, was popular in Europe throughout the middle ages, and is still used in many eastern countries, as well as among the country people of Poland, Italy, the south of France, and in Scotland and Ireland. Though now often regarded as the national instrument of Scotland, especially Celtic Scotland, its origin and use seem to belong to the Celtic race in general. In its best-known form it has four pipes. One of these, called the chanter, has a double reed and eight finger-holes, so that melodies may be played upon it. Its compass may be approximately indicated thus:
    • bagpipe To cause to resemble a bagpipe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An eighteenth-century German named Matthew Birchinger, known as the little man of Nuremberg, played four musical instruments including the bagpipes, was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks with the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall.
    • n Bagpipe bag′pīp a musical wind-instrument, consisting of a leathern bag fitted with pipes. The Highland bagpipe has five pipes: a, the mouthpiece, to keep the bag filled with air; b, the chanter, having a reed and finger-holes to produce the melody; and c, three drones with reeds, tuned to act as a bass to the chanter:
    • n Bagpipe bag′pīp (pl.) an inflated, senseless talker
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Some men there are love not a gaping pig, some that are mad if they behold a cat, and others when the bagpipe sings I the nose cannot contain their urine.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.”


In literature:

I was engaged with some difficulty in declining the offer, when we were interrupted by the sounds of the bagpipe.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
Bagpipes with drones abound on sculptured monuments and in miniatures of that century.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Meanwhile Dick and his men had returned to the alehouse of the "Goat and Bagpipes" to snatch some hours of sleep before the morning tryst.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Some have observed, that the northern parts of this island are more particularly fruitful in bagpipes.
"The Tatler, Volume 3" by Various
The boat in a moment is a bagpipe; and not only so, but all the mountains are bagpipes, and so are the clouds.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Finding, however, that he made but little impression on his old club at the Cat and Bagpipes, he grew tired of their company.
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More
Wine flowed all night, and a couple of bagpipers played the music by turns.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
Just as the words "human bagpipes" fell from his lips, three men emerged from the darkness and stopped a few paces from the tent.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
Hardwood axles told their woes to the world in the scream of shrill bagpipes.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Deruchette recognised her favourite melody, "Bonnie Dundee," played upon the bagpipe.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Flutes, bagpipes, and simple stringed instruments accompanied the songs and dances.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Her breath came shorter as she drew near to the house, from whence came the sound of bagpipes mixed with shouts.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
The bagpipes should be noticed; their peculiar music and their historic use.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
Bagpipes came out in the evening and the air was full of Scotch music and Scotch jokes.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
It was a very perfect imitation of the bagpipe with no sign whatever of articulation.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
The two chief instruments used in Ireland were the harp and the bagpipe.
"A Reading Book in Irish History" by P. W. Joyce
My soul has oft a secret pleasure found, In the harmonious Bagpipe's lofty sound.
"The Man of Taste" by James Bramston
It is just to my hand: I'll sing you like a bagpipe.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
Listen to the bagpipes of those Highlanders.
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Then General Graham addressed his men,
And said, If they won't attack us, we must attack them,
So start to your feet, my lads, and never fear,
And strike up your bagpipes, and give a loud cheer.
"The Battle of El-Teb" by William Topaz McGonagall
"Let's show," said McCLAN, "to this Sassenach loon
That the bagpipes CAN play him a regular tune.
Let's see," said McCLAN, as he thoughtfully sat,
"'IN MY COTTAGE' is easy - I'll practise at that."
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Then Sir Colin Campbell to his men did say,—
"Men, I feel proud that we have captured Lucknow this day;
Therefore strike up the bagpipes and give one hearty cheer,
And enjoy yourselves, my heroes, while ye are here."
"The Capture of Lucknow" by William Topaz McGonagall
For the Gordon Highlanders soon put an end to the fight,
Oh! it was a most gorgeous and thrilling sight,
To see them with their bagpipes playing, and one ringing cheer,
And from Smith's Hill they soon did the Boers clear.
"The Battle of Glencoe" by William Topaz McGonagall
The battle raged for five hours, but the Highlanders were gaining ground,
Until the bagpipes struck up their wild clarion sound,
Then the dusky warriors fled in amazement profound,
Because their comrades were falling on every side around.
"The Ashantee War" by William Topaz McGonagall
I was dreaming of old Scotland, the home of my boyish years,
And the sound of the village bagpipe was droning in my ears;
And across the purple heath, behind a screen of fir and oak,
I saw from our low chimney curl the silver blue peat smoke;
"The Wreck Of The Birkenhead," by Frances Anne Kemble

In news:

Some of the choral pieces include, "Sicilian Bagpipers' Carol," arranged by Katherina K Davis.
Tom Parliman plays the bagpipes at the end of a funeral service Friday for former Democratic US Senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, S.D.
A bagpipe processional closed out the funeral service for former US Sen George McGovern, who was remembered by hundreds of mourners during the two-hour ceremony.
Don your kilt (or have one custom made) and ring in the holidays with fireworks over Edinburgh Castle and bagpipers playing "Amazing Grace.".
Visit to Edinburgh will immerse travelers in history, bagpipe music.
FLY CREEK — Robots and lasers and bagpipes — Oh my.
Graduates filed in, following the McDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh bagpipe trio to their seats.
In a country that has banned smoking in all public places, nicotine researchers were surprised to see hookahs — imagine stationary glass bagpipes, partly filled with water, used for smoking — pop up even in the most mainstream Canadian cafes.
A bagpiper on the Royal Mile -- you can't throw a cat without hitting a bagpiper in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The program will conclude with a rousing rendition of the most widely sung hymn in the world,"Amazing Grace," accompanied by bagpipes.
Donald Trump received a bagpipe welcome on one of his visits to the site of his championship course in Aberdeenshire.
A bagpiper and supporter of Republican US Senate candidate Linda McMahon, left, walks past supporters of US Rep Chris Murphy, D-Conn. On Monday before a candidate's debate in New London.
Film Bagpipes, Flags and Clashing Steel: Lynn Ramey on Bresson's Lancelot du Lac .
The New Haven Hose performed a lively number on bagpipes and other instruments wearing traditional Scottish kilts at the PumpkinFest Grand Feature Parade.
Talcottville Congregational Church, 10 Elm Hill Road, Vernon, will hold a Veterans' Day observance on Nov 11 at 10 am Activities will feature the Manchester Bagpipe Band, guest speaker Army Retired Col.