piping hot


pipes collectively; a system or network of pipes.
material formed into a pipe or pipes.
the act of a person or thing that pipes.
the sound of pipes.
a shrill sound.
the music of pipes.
a cordlike ornamentation made of icing, used on pastry.
a tubular band of ornamental material, sometimes containing a cord, used for trimming the edges and seams of clothing, upholstery, etc.
characterized by the peaceful music of the pipe.
playing on a musical pipe.
that pipes.
emitting a shrill sound: a piping voice.
piping hot, (of food or drink) very hot.

1200–50; Middle English (gerund); see pipe1, -ing1, -ing2

pipingly, adverb
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piping (ˈpaɪpɪŋ)
1.  pipes collectively, esp pipes formed into a connected system, as in the plumbing of a house
2.  a cord of icing, whipped cream, etc, often used to decorate desserts and cakes
3.  a thin strip of covered cord or material, used to edge hems, etc
4.  the sound of a pipe or a set of bagpipes
5.  the art or technique of playing a pipe or bagpipes
6.  a shrill voice or sound, esp a whistling sound
7.  making a shrill sound
8.  archaic relating to the pipe (associated with peace), as opposed to martial instruments, such as the fife or trumpet
9.  piping hot extremely hot

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Word Origin & History

O.E. pipe "musical wind instrument," also "tube to convey water," from V.L. *pipa "a pipe" (cf. It. pipa, Fr. pipe, Ger. Pfeife, Dan. pibe, Du. pijp), a back-formation from L. pipare "to chirp or peep," of imitative origin. All tubular senses ultimately derive from "small reed, whistle." Meaning "device
for smoking" first recorded 1594. The verb sense of "to play on a pipe" is from O.E. pipian; the meaning "convey through pipes" is first recorded 1889. A pipe dream (1896) is the sort of improbably fantasy one has while smoking opium. Piping hot is in Chaucer, a reference to hissing of food in a frying pan; to pipe up (c.1425) originally meant "to begin to play" (on a musical instrument). Pipe down "be quiet" first recorded 1900.
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Science Dictionary
pipe   (pīp)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.

  2. See volcanic pipe.

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Idioms & Phrases

piping hot

Very hot, as in These biscuits are piping hot. This idiom alludes to something so hot that it makes a piping or hissing sound. [Late 1300s]

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