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[stand-pahyp] /ˈstændˌpaɪp/
a vertical pipe or tower into which water is pumped to obtain a required head.
a water pipe for supplying the fire hoses of a building, connected with the water supply of the building and usually with a siamese outside the building.
Origin of standpipe
1840-50; stand + pipe1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The service rendered by the standpipe is similar to that of the air cushion discussed in Section 184.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • If the street is blessed with a standpipe, it seems designed as a post for leaping.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • A conversation, begun at the standpipe, progressed to the telegraph pole, and at last came opposite the kitchen.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • The head or pressure in a standpipe is what causes water to move through the pipes which offer resistance to the flow.

  • The mixing chamber and valve chamber were one and the standpipe or jet protruded into the mixing chamber.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Two common devices for controlling sudden changes in the water pressure are the standpipe and the air cushion.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The standpipe is simply a large vertical tube connected to the water mains from which and into which water readily flows.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Didn't mind the fat purses of the bigwigs and a little bread and water—and the devil and his standpipe!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
British Dictionary definitions for standpipe


a vertical pipe, open at the upper end, attached to a pipeline or tank serving to limit the pressure head to that of the height of the pipe
a temporary freshwater outlet installed in a street during a period when household water supplies are cut off
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