• WordNet 3.6
    • adv piping (used of heat) extremely "the casserole was piping hot"
    • n piping playing a pipe or the bagpipes
    • n piping a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
    • n piping a thin strip of covered cord used to edge hems
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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
    • Piping A piece cut off to be set or planted; a cutting; also, propagation by cuttings.
    • Piping A small cord covered with cloth, -- used as trimming for women's dresses.
    • Piping Emitting a high, shrill sound.
    • Piping Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.
    • Piping Pipes, collectively; as, the piping of a house.
    • Piping Playing on a musical pipe. "Lowing herds and piping swains ."
    • Piping Simmering; boiling; sizzling; hissing; -- from the sound of boiling fluids.
    • Piping The act of playing on a pipe; the shrill noted of birds, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Newport, Rhode Island it is illegal to smoke from a pipe after sunset.
    • n piping The act of one who pipes.
    • n piping The sound of playing on a pipe or as on a pipe; the music of pipes.
    • n piping Weeping; crying.
    • n piping A system of pipes; pipes, as for gas, water, oil, etc., collectively.
    • n piping Fluting.
    • n piping A kind of covered cord used for trimming dresses, especially along seams.
    • n piping In harness, leather guards or shields encompassing a trace-chain.
    • n piping A cord-like ornament of icing or frosting on the top of a cake.
    • n piping In jewelry, a support, usually of a baser metal, attached behind a surface of precious metal which is too thin to preserve its shape unsupported.
    • n piping In horticulture, a mode of propagating herbaceous plants having jointed stems, such as pinks, by taking slips or cuttings consisting of two joints, and planting them in moist sand under glass; also, one of these cuttings.
    • n piping A way of dressing the hair by curling it around little pins of wood or baked clay called bilboquets.
    • n piping In metallurgy See pipe, 20.
    • piping Playing on a pipe.
    • piping Having a shrill, whistling sound.
    • piping In zoology, having or habitually uttering a shrill, whistling cry: said especially of birds.
    • piping Accompanied by the music of the peaceful pipe, rather than that of the martial trump or fife.
    • piping Simmering; boiling.
    • piping The noise made by bees preparatory to swarming.
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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.
    • adj Piping pī′ping uttering a weak, shrill, piping sound, like the sick: sickly: feeble: boiling
    • n Piping act of piping: sound of pipes: a system of pipes for any purpose: small cord used as trimming for dresses, &c.: a slip or cutting taken from a plant with a jointed stem
    • ***


  • 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
From Pipe (v.)


In literature:

At least it should be brought into the house, even if the piping is not continued farther than the kitchen.
"The Complete Home" by Various
There I first tried a new pipe that had been given me.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
I'll make a whistle-pipe of that reed, and keep it for a memory till I grow old.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome
When all was ready, he discovered, to his infinite disgust, that he had no matches nor pipe-lights of any description.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
All piping carrying filtered oil is of brass and fittings are inserted at proper pipes to facilitate cleaning.
"The New York Subway" by Anonymous
The third mate and his men brewed another generous supply of rum punch, heaped more wood on the fire and lit their pipes.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
He had started to fill his pipe, but for the next few minutes he forgot that the pipe was in his hand.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
The brake pipe branch pipe connects the distributing valve with the brake pipe.
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
What is saved frequently becomes closets or the well for plumbing pipes.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Those who smoked pipes at Cambridge continued to smoke pipes afterwards, whatever "society" might do.
"The Social History of Smoking" by G. L. Apperson

In poetry:

AWAY with funeral music - set
The pipe to powerful lips -
The cup of life's for him that drinks
And not for him that sips.
"Away With Funeral Music" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Heard the far pipes mad and sweet.
All the ruddy hazes thrill:
Heard the loud beam crash and beat,
In the red vat on the hill.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Yet stoops He, ever pleased to mark
Our rude essays of love,
Faint as the pipe of wakening lark,
Heard by some twilight grove:
"Cathchism" by John Keble
Farewell ye brooks! no more along
Your banks mun I be walking;
No more you'll hear my pipe or song,
Or pretty Moggy's talking.
"Songs Set To Music: 25. " by Matthew Prior
Three times the cuckoo named himself,
But nothing heard him on the hill,
Where I was piping like an elf
The air was very still.
"The Find" by Francis Ledwidge
And learn in what a simple way
Their pleasures they enhanced -
JANE danced like any lamb all day,
BILL piped as well as danced.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Reef McIntosh takes the win in the best Pipe of the year more.
The Kauaian standout takes the win in the best Pipe of the year.
Reef McIntosh takes the win over a stacked field of incredible Pipe surfers.
Erika uses her pipes to remove the stock ones.
This 13-member pipe band will also represent the Scottish society during the annual Mint Hill Highland Games.
Todkopf believes they played the pipes with their noses.
Damage to pipe coating is almost unavoidable during transportation and construction.
As a general rule, cavitation is an event that makes food engineers cringe, an anomaly associated with product degradation and hammering in pipes and pumps.
Norm Weaver, guest piper, will announce the Eighth Annual Celtic Heritage Celebration with the playing of the Highland pipes at 2:30 pm in the courtyard.
The inner surface of three PVC pipes.
He was a veteran of the US Navy and was formerly employed by US Pipe & Foundry.
IP-based system allowed video to be piped to main control room up to 10 miles away from museum locatiions.
Syrians smoke water pipes outside a cafe in Damascus after a ban on smoking in most public places went into effect.
Grinding up pipe- clogging solids.
Police have destroyed a pipe bomb found at F&F Tire World, 5302 N Second St, Loves Park.

In science:

If true, this would force structure function scaling exponents in turbulent pipe flow to approach a constant (non-universal) value at large n.
A Simple Passive Scalar Advection-Diffusion Model
Reynolds number) in the developed turbulent flow in pipes, C.R.
The Kolmogorov-Obukhov Exponent in the Inertial Range of Turbulence: A Reexamination of Experimental Data
Each pot consists of an insert into the beam pipe, allowing two tracking detectors equipped with scintillating fibres to be moved very close to the proton beam.
Proposal for a Very Forward Proton Spectrometer in H1 after 2000
Schematic of the HyperCP spectrometer, comprising eight (or in the 1999 run, nine) MWPC stations (C1–C8) located downstream of the hyperon channel and decay pipe and surrounding an analyzing magnet.
Prospects for low-energy antiproton physics at Fermilab
The microstation is a light, compact device which could be integrated with the beam pipe.
Summary Talk: First Workshop on Forward Physics and Luminosity Determination at the LHC