• WordNet 3.6
    • n blowpipe a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
    • n blowpipe a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blowpipe A blowgun; a blowtube.
    • Blowpipe A tube for directing a jet of air into a fire or into the flame of a lamp or candle, so as to concentrate the heat on some object.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blowpipe An instrument by which a current of air or gas is driven through the flame of a lamp, candle, or gas-jet, to direct the flame upon a substance, in order to fuse it, an intense heat being created by the rapid supply of oxygen and the concentration of the flame upon a small area. In its simplest form, as used, for example, by gas-fitters, it is merely a conical tube of brass, glass, or other substance, usually about 7 inches long, ¾ inch in diameter at one end, and tapering so as to have a very small aperture at the other, within 2 inches or so of which it is bent nearly at a right angle. The blowpipe of the mineralogist is provided with a small chamber near the jet, in which the moisture from the mouth collects. The current of air is often formed by a pair of bellows instead of the human breath, the instrument being fixed in a proper frame for the purpose. The most powerful blowpipe is the oxyhydrogen or compound blowpipe, an instrument in which oxygen and hydrogen (in the proportions necessary for their combination), propelled by hydrostatic or other pressure, and coming from separate reservoirs, are made to form a united current in a capillary orifice at the moment when they are kindled. The heat produced is such as to consume the diamond and to fuse or vaporize many substances refractory at lower temperatures. The blowpipe is used by goldsmiths and jewelers in soldering, by glass-blowers in softening and shaping glass, and extensively by chemists and mineralogists in testing the nature and composition of substances. Also called by workmen a blowing-iron.
    • n blowpipe Same as blow-gun.
    • blowpipe Relating in any way to a blowpipe, or to blowpiping: as, blowpipe analysis.
    • blowpipe To use the blowpipe; conduct chemical experiments or perform mechanical operations by means of the blowpipe.
    • n blowpipe A blast-pipe or blower-pipe; hence the steam-pipe for a steam-blast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blowpipe a pipe through which a current of air is blown on a flame, to increase its heat: a kind of weapon much used by some of the Indian tribes of South America both in hunting and war, consisting of a long straight tube in which a small poisoned arrow is placed, and forcibly expelled by the breath
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bláwan; Ger. blähen, blasen; L. flare.


In literature:

They were armed with the usual parang, blowpipe, and shield.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
I took the queer-colored piece of coal, and began heating it under the blowpipe.
"Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales" by Charles B. Cory
For real convenience of work the blowpipe should be mounted on a special table connected up with cylindrical bellows operated by a pedal.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
They make blowpipes, arrows and quivers from bamboo, strings from twisted vegetable fibres, ear-rings and ornamental combs for the women.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
Blow through a blowpipe against the different rows of holes while the disk is being whirled.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
I'm down on doctors, then, Twist; but what do you say to Blowpipes?
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
The introduction of the blowpipe into dry qualitative analysis by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt marks an important innovation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
Then taking a poisoned arrow from his quiver, he puts it in the blowpipe, and collects his breath for the fatal puff.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Reheat again until the liquid rises to the top of the tube, then seal by means of the blowpipe flame.
"A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing" by Bernard D. Bolas
Baldwin brought a bottle of fixative and sprayed the drawing through a blowpipe.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson

In news:

There, he twirls a blowpipe hand over hand, like a drum major, so that centrifugal force evenly elongates the gather.
Or he sits at a workbench rolling the blowpipe along a steel bar, imparting increased width to the vase on which he is working.