from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musical instrument having a flexible bag inflated either by a tube with valves or by bellows, a double-reed melody pipe, and from one to four drone pipes. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Singular of bagpipes (normally used in plural)
- n. Attributive form of bagpipe
- v. To play the bagpipes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical wind instrument, now used chiefly in the Highlands of Scotland.
- transitive v. To make to look like a bagpipe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- To cause to resemble a bagpipe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
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Of course I admit that whether the bagpipe is a musical instrument or not is a matter of argument, for just what constitutes music my Irish friend, George Bernard Shaw, says is a point of view.
The symphonia is thought by some to be the bagpipe, which is called sampogna by the modern Italians: by others it is regarded as a sort of organ.
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The skirl of a bagpipe was the only sound as the service began.
We had a full time saxophone who played the "bagpipe" sounding parts which to my knowledge were performed on a guitar with an eBow.
The man took in the situation at a glance, and came to Billy's rescue, making the snake uncoil itself by playing on a kind of bagpipe, a queer, weird, monotonous piece of music.
The Slovaks of the north play a kind of bagpipe, which reminds one of the Scotch ones; but the songs of the Slovak have got very much mixed with the Hungarian.
+ The dulcimer, (Daniel 3: 5) a kind of bagpipe with two shrill reeds.
When the young Winston Churchill said that given plain food and a philosophical attitude man could survive anything he forgot one thing - a good going bagpipe.
We can retire into our bagpipe bubble immune from the fiduciary maelstrom raging above.
No; so let's keep our sanity intact and our bagpipe manufacturers free from recession.