• WordNet 3.6
    • v pipe utter a shrill cry
    • v pipe trim with piping "pipe the skirt"
    • v pipe play on a pipe "pipe a tune"
    • v pipe transport by pipeline "pipe oil, water, and gas into the desert"
    • n pipe the flues and stops on a pipe organ
    • n pipe a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
    • n pipe a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
    • n pipe a tubular wind instrument
    • n pipe a hollow cylindrical shape
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing or distilling purposes Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing...
A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700....
Been Trying to Smoke the Old Man's Pipe, Eh 129 Been Trying to Smoke the Old Man's Pipe, Eh 129
Single Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns Single Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns
Double Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns Double Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns
Vertical Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns Vertical Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns
pipes pipes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1989, twenty-three people were hired in Jacksonville Florida just to flush toilets so the pipes would not freeze
    • Pipe (Naut) A boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to their duties; also, the sound of it.
    • Pipe A cask usually containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the quantity which it contains.
    • Pipe A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions.
    • Pipe A roll formerly used in the English exchequer, otherwise called the Great Roll, on which were taken down the accounts of debts to the king; -- so called because put together like a pipe.
    • Pipe A small bowl with a hollow stem, -- used in smoking tobacco, and, sometimes, other substances.
    • Pipe A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces musical sounds; as, a shepherd's pipe; the pipe of an organ. "Tunable as sylvan pipe .""Now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe ."
    • Pipe (Mining) An elongated body or vein of ore.
    • Pipe Any long tube or hollow body of wood, metal, earthenware, or the like: especially, one used as a conductor of water, steam, gas, etc.
    • Pipe The bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow.
    • Pipe The key or sound of the voice.
    • Pipe The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird. "The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds."
    • Pipe (Metal) To become hollow in the process of solodifying; -- said of an ingot, as of steel.
    • Pipe (Naut) To call or direct, as a crew, by the boatswain's whistle. "As fine a ship's company as was ever piped aloft."
    • Pipe (Naut) To call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on a pipe or whistle carried by a boatswain.
    • Pipe To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle. "Oft in the piping shrouds."
    • Pipe To furnish or equip with pipes; as, to pipe an engine, or a building.
    • Pipe To perform, as a tune, by playing on a pipe, flute, fife, etc.; to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe. "A robin . . . was piping a few querulous notes."
    • Pipe To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music. "We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Newport, Rhode Island it is illegal to smoke from a pipe after sunset.
    • pipe To chirp, whistle, warble, or sing, as a bird.
    • pipe To sound shrilly, as wind.
    • pipe To cry; weep: sometimes with up: as, the children piped up at this.
    • pipe To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or any similar instrument of music.
    • pipe To make a shrill noise, as bees, in the hive before swarming.
    • pipe To utter or emit, as notes, in a shrill or piping voice.
    • pipe To play; produce on a pipe or similar musical instrument.
    • pipe Nautical, to call by means of the boatswain's pipe or whistle: as, to pipe the crew to grog or to prayers.
    • pipe To provide or supply with pipes.
    • pipe To convey by pipe, as water, gas, oil, etc.
    • pipe To furnish with or make into piping, as in dressmaking or upholstery: as, to pipe a border.
    • pipe In hydraul. mining, to direct a stream of water upon, as a bank of gravel, from the hydraulic pipe.
    • n pipe A simple tubular musical instrument, usually of wood. The typical form is doubtless that of a flageolet or whistle, or perhaps that of an oboe. The term is no longer technically applied to any particular instrument (though it survives in bag pipe, Pan's pipes, etc.), except in connection with the pipe-organ. See def. 2.
    • n pipe One of the tubes of metal or of wood from which the tones of an organ are produced; an organ-pipe. Such pipes are either flue- or reed-pipes. The tone is produced in flue-pipes by the fluctuations of a compact focused stream of air impinging upon a sharp edge or lip, and in reed-pipes by the vibration of a metal tongue hung in a stream of air. Metal pipes of either class are usually circular in section, while wooden pipes are usually square or triangular.
    • n pipe Any hollow or tubular thing or part: as, the pipe of a key.
    • n pipe A tube of metal, wood, or earthenware serving for various uses, as in the conveyance of water, gas, steam, or smoke: as, a. gas-pipe; a stove-pipe.
    • n pipe A large round cell in a bee-hive, used by the queen-bee.
    • n pipe A tube of clay or other material with a bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco, opium, or other narcotic or medicinal substance. See chibouk, hooka, hubble-bubble, narghile.
    • n pipe A pipeful; a quantity of tobacco sufficient to fill the bowl of a pipe.
    • n pipe A wine-measure, usually containing about 105 imperial gallons, or 126 wine-gallons. Two pipes, or 210 imperial gallons, make a tun. But in practice the size of the pipe varies according to the kind of wine it. contains. Thus, a pipe of port contains nearly 138 winegallons; of sherry, 130; of Madeira, 110; and of Lisbon, 140. Sometimes confounded with butt (which see).
    • n pipe Same as pipe-roll.
    • n pipe The chief air-passage in breathing and speaking; the windpipe: as, to clear one's pipe.
    • n pipe The sound of the voice; the voice; also, a whistle or call of a bird.
    • n pipe Nautical, the whistle used by the boatswain and his mates to call or pipe the men to their various duties; also, the sounding of this instrument.
    • n pipe plural The bagpipe.
    • n pipe A spool, as of thread; a roll or quill on which embroidery-silk was wound.
    • n pipe A dingle or small ravine thrown out from a larger one.
    • n pipe In mining, an occurrence of ore in an elongated cylindrical or pipe-like mass, such as is characteristic of the so-called pipe-vein. See pipevein.
    • n pipe One of the curved flutings of a frill or ruff; also, a pin used for piping or fluting.
    • n pipe In hair-dressing, a cylinder of clay used for curling the peruke.
    • n pipe In a steam-engine. See induction-pipe.
    • n pipe In metallurgy, a funnelshaped cavity at the top of an ingot of steel, caused by the escape of occluded gas (largely hydrogen) during the cooling of the metal. This happens chiefly with steel of hard temper. The formation of pipes of this kind is technically known as piping.
    • n pipe In the manufacture of black-ash or ballsoda (impure sodium carbonate) by the socalled Le Blanc ball-furnace process, one of very numerous hollow characteristic jets of flame which shoot out from the massed mixture of chalk, small coal, and sodium sulphate during the calcining process, and the beginning of the subsidence of which indicates the completion of the calcination. These jets are also called candles.
    • n pipe The puffin or sea-parrot, Fratercula arctica.
    • pipe An obsolete form of peep.
    • n pipe An obsolete form of pip.
    • pipe To wrinkle: said of soft-or loose-grained skins where the grain sometimes wrinkles up in ridges or pipes.
    • pipe To set or solidify, leaving a hollow or hole in the center: said of steel ingots.
    • n pipe See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first American advertisement for tobacco was published in 1789. It showed a picture of an Indian smoking a long clay pipe.
    • Pipe to weep
    • n Pipe pīp a musical wind instrument consisting of a long tube: any long tube: a tube of clay, &c., with a bowl at one end for smoking tobacco: a pipeful: the note of a bird: a cask containing two hogsheads
    • v.i Pipe to play upon a pipe: to whistle, to chirp: to make a shrill noise
    • v.t Pipe to play on a pipe: to call with a pipe, as on board ships: to give forth shrill notes: to supply with pipes, to convey by pipes
    • v.t Pipe to whiten with pipeclay:
    • v.t Pipe (slang) to blot out, as accounts
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  • W. C. Fields
    “I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes.”
  • William Blake
    “My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.”
  • George Eliot
    “Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.”
  • Bill Vaughan
    Bill Vaughan
    “Pipe-smokers spend so much time cleaning, filling and fooling with their pipes, they don't have time to get into mischief.”


Pipe dream - A pipe dream is an unrealistic, impractical idea or scheme.
Piping hot - If food is piping hot, it is very hot indeed.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it - This is used as an unsympathetic way of telling someone to accept what you have just said.
Smoke the peace pipe - If people smoke the peace pipe, they stop arguing and fighting.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. pīpe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. Peep Pibroch Fife


In literature:

The flat heels of the early pipes were useful in that pipes could then be laid down on the table.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
He turned from Mr. Hamblin, and directed the first lieutenant to pipe away the first cutters; and in a few moments the boat was ready.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
The fragrant strong tobacco smoke from North's pipe passed them in wisps.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
For many, many years Old Pipes had been employed by the villagers to pipe the cattle down from the hills.
"A Chosen Few" by Frank R. Stockton
And, unless you are of noble blood I could not make you Queen of the Pipes.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
Then she drew out from her sleeve a pretty little pipe and gave it to him.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Jernyngham listened with faint amusement as he filled his pipe.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
This is done every four hours, except at the dog-watches, to relieve those on deck, also by pipe.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Pipe, or Hopocon, desirous of impressing the strangers with his greatness, purposely kept them waiting awhile.
"Far Past the Frontier" by James A. Braden
The great brave gave us pipes, tobacco, new guns, powder, and clothes.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge

In poetry:

Poet of the happy Tityrus
piping underneath his beechen bowers;
Poet of the poet-satyr
whom the laughing shepherd bound with flowers;
"To Virgil" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The pipe so lily-like and weak,
Does thus thy mortal state bespeak.
Thou art ev'n such,
Gone with a touch.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
Now I say to myself, "What spirit is this
That pipes so clear and strong;
For it cannot be a bird, I wis,
That sings such a wondrous song.
"A Spirit Is Singing A Song" by Alexander Anderson
The pipe so lily-like and weak,
Does thus thy mortal state bespeak;
Thou art e'en such, -
Gone with a touch:
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
When I leave down this pipe my friend
And sleep with flowers I loved, apart,
My songs shall rise in wilding things
Whose roots are in my heart.
"At A Poet's Grave" by Francis Ledwidge
Many had builded, and, the building done,
Through our adornèd gates with din
Came Prince and Priest, with pipe and clarion
Leading the right God in.
"Three Men Of Truro" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

In news:

The Secret is in the Pipe.
Best Practices for Condensate System Piping.
A police statement says the items included bricks and pipes.
With the drive unit, the conveyor uses 1 pipe (instead of 2), saving space.
Northborough – With the economy ebbing and copper prices on the rise, the theft of copper piping has become more popular among thieves looking for quick cash.
C1509-02(2012): Standard Specification for Beaded Process Glass Pipe and Fittings.
Grant Awarded to Study Alternative Design for Large- Diameter Steel Pipe.
The liquid in the pipe has the same potential as the grounded pipe.
A newly built house in Rye has radiant floor pipes and geothermal pipes installed in the basement.
Pipes , Pipes , and More Pipes .
QUICK-GRIP PIPE CLAMPS, from Irwin Tools, feature a clutch system that eliminates the need for threaded pipe .
THE PEX-A PIPE SUPPORT is a steel channel that provides continuous support for PEX tubing in suspended piping applications.
THE PEX-A PIPE SUPPORT is a steel channel that provides continuous support for PEX tubing in suspended piping applications, enabling hanger spacing equal to that of copper.
THREADERS, PIPE (Includes Nipple Machines, Pipe & Tube Cutters).
The pipes have a reduced standard dimension ratio of pipe diameter to wall thickness in order to keep weight and costs down.

In science:

The MiniPlugs extend the pseudorapidity region covered by the Plug Upgrade calorimeters (1.1 < |η | < 3.5) to the beam pipe.
The CDF MiniPlug Calorimeters
To deflect and separate the beam from the TR photons, radiator, He pipe and the DCs are placed in a dipole magnet.
Transition Radiation Spectroscopy with Prototypes of the ALICE TRD
The smallest possible angle between Spectrometer B and the exit beam-pipe is 9◦ and the momentum-threshold for the proton-detection is 250 MeV/c.
Measurement of the LT-asymmetry in \pi^0 electroproduction at the energy of the \Delta (1232) resonance
For example liquid flowing through a system of communicating pipes are described by a system of linear differential equations.
Random matrix analysis of network Laplacians
E ), we define a set IG ⊂ Zd To construct a Brouwer function from G = (Zd 4n+2 , which looks like a collection of pipes, to embed and insulate the component of G.
Paths Beyond Local Search: A Nearly Tight Bound for Randomized Fixed-Point Computation