from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metal tube in which a flow of gas is mixed with a controlled flow of air to concentrate the heat of a flame, used especially in the identification of minerals.
- n. See blowgun.
- n. A long, narrow iron pipe used to gather, work, and blow molten glass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a narrow tube through which a jet of air is directed onto a flame; used in the analysis of minerals etc and in jewelry manufacture
- n. a weapon through which darts may be shot by blowing; a blowgun
- n. a long narrow pipe, rotated in the hands, upon which glassware is blown
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A blowgun; a blowtube.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Same as blow-gun.
- Relating in any way to a blowpipe, or to blowpiping: as, blowpipe analysis.
- To use the blowpipe; conduct chemical experiments or perform mechanical operations by means of the blowpipe.
- n. A blast-pipe or blower-pipe; hence the steam-pipe for a steam-blast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat
- n. a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
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Finally the oxyhydrogen blowpipe, which is indispensable for the treatment of very refractory metals, consumes large quantities of hydrogen and oxygen.
With the ordinary pressure of city gas upon this pipe it was found that the air pump must keep an air pressure of 40 pounds, that the air and gas might mix properly at the branch or fork, so we could get the best combustion and most heat from our "blowpipe," for such it was.
Ah, the blowpipe is a wonderful instrument; it will serve to kill anything, from a big tapir or a fierce jaguar or puma, down to the smallest manakin or humming-bird. "
1989 - A South African diplomat, believed to ba a national intelligence agent, an American and two Ulster loyalists, are apprehended by police in Paris while conducting an arms deal involving stolen British "blowpipe" missiles.
"blowpipe" weapons to a SA diplomat in France, three SA diplomats leave France before a deadline set by the French Government.
President P W Botha to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the "blowpipe" affair ", three SA Embassy staff are ordered to leave Britain within seven days.
Botha to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the "blowpipe" affair ", three SA Embassy staff are ordered to leave
For the love of God, the last thing I remember was Christmas eve, and I was making a blowpipe.
With the arrow, the spear thrower, the blowpipe, the boomerang, the sling, the harpoon and the thrown rock, we were killing prey from fish to birds to mammoths.
McCauley drew a blowpipe and fired a tranquilizer dart -- the first time in his long career he'd had to resort to the tactic.