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[dreyn-pahyp] /ˈdreɪnˌpaɪp/
a large pipe that carries away the discharge of waste pipes, soil pipes, etc.
Origin of drainpipe
1855-60; drain + pipe1 Unabridged
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  • When Dwight destroyed his secret memoranda it is as though he foresaw the era of the drainpipe.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
  • A drainpipe from the bottom of the tank is also desirable to draw off the accumulations of sediment.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • "Probably phosphorescent substances being sent out from the drainpipe of a factory or chemical laboratory," he decided.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • A small window from the adjoining lavatory opened on to a drainpipe.

  • This drainpipe is best laid with regular sewer pipe and without cement in the joints.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • It was a piece of drainpipe with a rough rim at the edge of the hole.

  • Stone would hand him a rope and their boots, and then himself climb the drainpipe.

  • An excited group collected round the portion of the drainpipe which was lying on the ground.

British Dictionary definitions for drainpipe


a pipe for carrying off rainwater, sewage, etc; downpipe
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