Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hollow cylinder or tube used to conduct a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid.
  • n. A section or piece of such a tube.
  • n. A device for smoking, consisting of a tube of wood, clay, or other material with a small bowl at one end.
  • n. An amount of smoking material, such as tobacco, needed to fill the bowl of a pipe; a pipeful.
  • n. Informal A tubular part or organ of the body.
  • n. Informal The passages of the human respiratory system.
  • n. A wine cask having a capacity of 126 gallons or 2 hogsheads (478 liters).
  • n. This volume as a unit of liquid measure.
  • n. Music A tubular wind instrument, such as a flute.
  • n. Music Any of the tubes in an organ.
  • n. Music A small wind instrument, consisting of tubes of different lengths bound together.
  • n. Music A bagpipe.
  • n. Informal The vocal cords; the voice, especially as used in singing.
  • n. A birdcall.
  • n. Nautical A whistle used for signaling crew members: a boatswain's pipe.
  • n. Geology A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
  • n. Geology One of the vertical veins of eruptive origin in which diamonds are found in South Africa.
  • n. Geology An eruptive passageway opening into the crater of a volcano.
  • n. Metallurgy A cone-shaped cavity in a steel ingot, formed during cooling by escaping gases.
  • transitive v. To convey (liquid or gas) by means of pipes.
  • transitive v. To convey as if by pipes, especially to transmit by wire or cable: piped music into the store.
  • transitive v. To provide with pipes or connect with pipes.
  • transitive v. To play (a tune) on a pipe or pipes.
  • transitive v. To lead by playing on pipes.
  • transitive v. Nautical To signal (crew members) with a boatswain's pipe.
  • transitive v. Nautical To receive aboard or mark the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe.
  • transitive v. To utter in a shrill reedy tone.
  • transitive v. To furnish (a garment or fabric) with piping.
  • transitive v. To force through a pastry tube, as frosting onto a cake.
  • transitive v. Slang To take a look at; notice.
  • intransitive v. To play on a pipe.
  • intransitive v. To speak shrilly; make a shrill sound.
  • intransitive v. To chirp or whistle, as a bird does.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To signal the crew with a boatswain's pipe.
  • intransitive v. Metallurgy To develop conical cavities during solidification.
  • pipe down Slang To stop talking; be quiet.
  • pipe up To speak up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications.
  • n. A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking, especially a tobacco pipe but also including various other forms such as a water pipe.
  • n. A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia
  • n. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni
  • n. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color
  • n. A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.
  • n. A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)
  • n. One of the goalposts of the goal.
  • n. The character |
  • n. A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input.
  • n. A data backbone, or broadband Internet access.
  • n. An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons; half a tun.
  • n. An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libelous, written on a piece of paper and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies.
  • n. A man's penis
  • v. To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
  • v. To install or configure with pipes.
  • v. To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
  • v. To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
  • v. To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
  • v. To decorate with piping.
  • v. To dab away moisture from.
  • v. To shout loudly and at high pitch.
  • v. To directly feed (the output of one program) as input to another program, indicated by the pipe character at the command line.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces musical sounds
  • n. Any long tube or hollow body of wood, metal, earthenware, or the like: especially, one used as a conductor of water, steam, gas, etc.
  • n. A small bowl with a hollow stem, -- used in smoking tobacco, and, sometimes, other substances.
  • n. A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions.
  • n. The key or sound of the voice.
  • n. The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.
  • n. The bagpipe.
  • n. An elongated body or vein of ore.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to their duties; also, the sound of it.
  • n. A cask usually containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the quantity which it contains.
  • intransitive v. To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music.
  • intransitive v. To call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on a pipe or whistle carried by a boatswain.
  • intransitive v. To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
  • intransitive v. To become hollow in the process of solodifying; -- said of an ingot, as of steel.
  • transitive v. To perform, as a tune, by playing on a pipe, flute, fife, etc.; to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe.
  • transitive v. To call or direct, as a crew, by the boatswain's whistle.
  • transitive v. To furnish or equip with pipes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chirp, whistle, warble, or sing, as a bird.
  • To sound shrilly, as wind.
  • To cry; weep: sometimes with up: as, the children piped up at this.
  • To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or any similar instrument of music.
  • To make a shrill noise, as bees, in the hive before swarming.
  • To utter or emit, as notes, in a shrill or piping voice.
  • To play; produce on a pipe or similar musical instrument.
  • Nautical, to call by means of the boatswain's pipe or whistle: as, to pipe the crew to grog or to prayers.
  • To provide or supply with pipes.
  • To convey by pipe, as water, gas, oil, etc.
  • To furnish with or make into piping, as in dressmaking or upholstery: as, to pipe a border.
  • In hydraul. mining, to direct a stream of water upon, as a bank of gravel, from the hydraulic pipe.
  • n. A simple tubular musical instrument, usually of wood.
  • n. One of the tubes of metal or of wood from which the tones of an organ are produced; an organ-pipe.
  • n. Any hollow or tubular thing or part: as, the pipe of a key.
  • n. 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. A large round cell in a bee-hive, used by the queen-bee.
  • n. 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. A pipeful; a quantity of tobacco sufficient to fill the bowl of a pipe.
  • n. A wine-measure, usually containing about 105 imperial gallons, or 126 wine-gallons.
  • n. Same as pipe-roll.
  • n. The chief air-passage in breathing and speaking; the windpipe: as, to clear one's pipe.
  • n. The sound of the voice; the voice; also, a whistle or call of a bird.
  • n. 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. plural The bagpipe.
  • n. A spool, as of thread; a roll or quill on which embroidery-silk was wound.
  • n. A dingle or small ravine thrown out from a larger one.
  • n. 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. One of the curved flutings of a frill or ruff; also, a pin used for piping or fluting.
  • n. In hair-dressing, a cylinder of clay used for curling the peruke.
  • n. In a steam-engine. See induction-pipe.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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. The puffin or sea-parrot, Fratercula arctica.
  • An obsolete form of peep.
  • n. An obsolete form of pip.
  • To wrinkle: said of soft-or loose-grained skins where the grain sometimes wrinkles up in ridges or pipes.
  • To set or solidify, leaving a hollow or hole in the center: said of steel ingots.
  • n. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English pīpe, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pīpāre, to chirp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English pipe, from Vulgar Latin *pipa. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • A Portuguese oak barrel with the capacity of 145 gallons (550 liters).

    September 11, 2011

  • Ceci n'est pas une pipe.

    September 19, 2008

  • Oh, that wacky LoC.

    September 19, 2008

  • What came up on a search of the Library of Congress for this word.

    Edit: another one.

    Edit 2: This one looks snobby.

    September 19, 2008

  • as punctuation, this is also known as 'vertical' or 'broken bar'.

    April 23, 2008