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pipe1

[pahyp] /paɪp/
noun
1.
a hollow cylinder of metal, wood, or other material, used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc.
2.
a tube of wood, clay, hard rubber, or other material, with a small bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco, opium, etc.
3.
a quantity, as of tobacco, that fills the bowl of such a smoking utensil.
4.
Music.
  1. a tube used as, or to form an essential part of, a musical wind instrument.
  2. a musical wind instrument consisting of a single tube of straw, reed, wood, or other material, as a flute, clarinet, or oboe.
  3. one of the wooden or metal tubes from which the tones of an organ are produced.
  4. a small end-blown flute played with one hand while the other beats a small drum.
5.
Nautical.
  1. boatswain's pipe.
  2. the sound of a boatswain's pipe.
6.
the call or utterance of a bird, frog, etc.
7.
pipes, Informal. the human vocal cords or the voice, especially as used in singing.
8.
Usually, pipes.
  1. Music. bagpipe.
  2. a set of flutes, as a panpipe.
  3. Informal. a tubular organ or passage of a human or animal body, especially a respiratory passage:
    to complain of congested pipes.
9.
any of various tubular or cylindrical objects, parts, or formations, as an eruptive passage of a volcano or geyser.
10.
Mining.
  1. a cylindrical vein or body of ore.
  2. (in South Africa) a vertical, cylindrical matrix, of intrusive igneous origin, in which diamonds are found.
11.
Metallurgy. a depression occurring at the center of the head of an ingot as a result of the tendency of solidification to begin at the bottom and sides of the ingot mold.
12.
Botany. the stem of a plant.
verb (used without object), piped, piping.
13.
to play on a pipe.
14.
Nautical. to signal, as with a boatswain's pipe.
15.
to speak in a high-pitched or piercing tone.
16.
to make or utter a shrill sound like that of a pipe:
songbirds piping at dawn.
verb (used with object), piped, piping.
17.
to convey by or as by pipes:
to pipe water from the lake.
18.
to supply with pipes.
19.
to play (music) on a pipe or pipes.
20.
to summon, order, etc., by sounding the boatswain's pipe or whistle:
all hands were piped on deck.
21.
to bring, lead, etc., by or as by playing on a pipe:
to pipe dancers.
22.
to utter in a shrill tone:
to pipe a command.
23.
to trim or finish with piping, as an article of clothing.
24.
Cookery. to force (dough, frosting, etc.) through a pastry tube onto a baking sheet, cake or pie, etc.
25.
Informal. to convey by an electrical wire or cable:
to pipe a signal from the antenna.
26.
Slang. to look at; notice:
Pipe the cat in the hat.
Verb phrases
27.
pipe down, Slang. to stop talking; be quiet:
He shouted at us to pipe down.
28.
pipe up,
  1. to begin to play (a musical instrument) or to sing.
  2. to make oneself heard; speak up, especially as to assert oneself.
  3. to increase in velocity, as the wind.
Origin
1000
before 1000; (noun) Middle English, Old English pīpe musical pipe, tube (cognate with Dutch pijp, Low German pīpe, German Pfeife, Old Norse pīpa) < Vulgar Latin *pīpa, derivative of Latin pīpāre to chirp, play a pipe; (v.) Middle English pipen; in part continuing Old English pīpian to play a pipe < Latin pīpāre; in part < Old French piper to make a shrill sound < Latin pīpāre (cf. peep2)
Related forms
pipeless, adjective
pipelike, adjective
unpiped, adjective
Synonyms
16. cheep, chitter, whistle, chirp, peep, trill, twitter, tweet.
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British Dictionary definitions for piping down

pipe1

/paɪp/
noun
1.
a long tube of metal, plastic, etc, used to convey water, oil, gas, etc
2.
a long tube or case
3.
  1. an object made in any of various shapes and sizes, consisting of a small bowl with an attached tubular stem, in which tobacco or other substances are smoked
  2. (as modifier): a pipe bowl
4.
Also called pipeful. the amount of tobacco that fills the bowl of a pipe
5.
(zoology, botany) any of various hollow organs, such as the respiratory passage of certain animals
6.
  1. any musical instrument whose sound production results from the vibration of an air column in a simple tube
  2. any of the tubular devices on an organ, in which air is made to vibrate either directly, as in a flue pipe, or by means of a reed
7.
an obsolete three-holed wind instrument, held in the left hand while played and accompanied by the tabor See tabor
8.
the pipes, See bagpipes
9.
a shrill voice or sound, as of a bird
10.
  1. a boatswain's pipe
  2. the sound it makes
11.
(pl) (informal) the respiratory tract or vocal cords
12.
(metallurgy) a conical hole in the head of an ingot, made by escaping gas as the metal cools
13.
a cylindrical vein of rich ore, such as one of the vertical diamond-bearing veins at Kimberley, South Africa
14.
Also called volcanic pipe. a vertical cylindrical passage in a volcano through which molten lava is forced during eruption
15.
(US, slang) something easy to do, esp a simple course in college
16.
(informal) put that in your pipe and smoke it, accept that fact if you can
verb
17.
to play (music) on a pipe
18.
(transitive) to summon or lead by a pipe: to pipe the dancers
19.
to utter (something) shrilly
20.
  1. to signal orders to (the crew) by a boatswain's pipe
  2. (transitive) to signal the arrival or departure of: to pipe the admiral aboard
21.
(transitive) to convey (water, gas, etc) by a pipe or pipes
22.
(transitive) to provide with pipes
23.
(transitive) to trim (an article, esp of clothing) with piping
24.
(transitive) to force (cream, icing, etc) through a shaped nozzle to decorate food
See also pipe down, pipe up
Derived Forms
pipeless, adjective
pipy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English pīpe (n), pīpian (vb), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp

pipe2

/paɪp/
noun
1.
a large cask for wine, oil, etc
2.
a measure of capacity for wine equal to four barrels. 1 pipe is equal to 126 US gallons or 105 Brit gallons
3.
a cask holding this quantity with its contents
Word Origin
C14: via Old French (in the sense: tube, tubular vessel), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp; compare pipe1
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Word Origin and History for piping down

pipe

n.

Old English pipe "musical wind instrument," also "tube to convey water," from Vulgar Latin *pipa "a pipe, tube-shaped musical instrument" (source of Italian pipa, French pipe, Old Frisian pipe, German Pfeife, Danish pibe, Swedish pipa, Dutch pijp), a back-formation from Latin pipare "to chirp or peep," of imitative origin. All tubular senses ultimately derive from "small reed, whistle." Meaning "device for smoking" first recorded 1590s. Pipe-bomb attested from 1960. Pipe-cleaner recorded from 1863.

type of cask, early 14c., from Old French pipe "liquid measure, cask for wine," from a special use of Vulgar Latin *pipa "pipe" (see pipe (n.1)).

v.

Old English pipian "to play on a pipe," from Latin pipare "to peep, chirp" (see pipe (n.1)). Cf. Dutch pijpen, German pfeifen. Meaning "convey through pipes" is first recorded 1887. Related: Piped; piping. Piping hot is in Chaucer, a reference to hissing of food in a frying pan; to pipe up (early 15c.) originally meant "to begin to play" (on a musical instrument); sense of "to speak out" is from 1856. Pipe down "be quiet" is from 1900; earlier in nautical jargon it meant "use a boatswain's whistle to dismiss the men from duty" (1833).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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piping down in Science
pipe
  (pīp)   
  1. A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.

  2. See volcanic pipe.


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Slang definitions & phrases for piping down

pipe 1

noun

Something easily done; cinch, piece of cake: Getting in is a pipe

[1902+ Students; apparently fr pipe dream, suggesting something as easily or magically done as in a wishful dream]


pipe 2

noun
  1. A signal; letter or note (1940s+ Underworld)
  2. A telephone (1960s+)
  3. (also pipeline) The tubular inner section of a breaking wave (1963+ Surfers)
verb
  1. : Bill Johnson pipes from Frisco that times are hard
  2. To speak up; say something; pipe up: But I am not supposed to know that and do not pipe (1784+)
  3. To look at; see; notice: Did you pipe her hands? (1846+)
  4. To hit someone on the head, esp with a metal pipe: Someone was gonna pipe me (1970s+ Underworld)
  5. To shoot or kill with a gun; nine: So what do you care who piped Devona? (1990s+ Black street talk)
Related Terms

big pipe, down the tube, hit the pipe, lay pipe, lead-pipe cinch

[all senses probably derived fr pipe as a conduit or a musical instrument; the sense ''look at'' is related to criminal slang ''follow, keep under surveillance,'' of obscure origin and difficult to relate to any sense of pipe; pipe-gun, ''crude gun made of a pipe,'' is found by 1973]


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piping down in the Bible

(1 Sam. 10:5; 1 Kings 1:40; Isa. 5:12; 30:29). The Hebrew word halil, so rendered, means "bored through," and is the name given to various kinds of wind instruments, as the fife, flute, Pan-pipes, etc. In Amos 6:5 this word is rendered "instrument of music." This instrument is mentioned also in the New Testament (Matt. 11:17; 1 Cor. 14:7). It is still used in Palestine, and is, as in ancient times, made of different materials, as reed, copper, bronze, etc.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with piping down
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