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1 [pahyp]
a hollow cylinder of metal, wood, or other material, used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc.
a tube of wood, clay, hard rubber, or other material, with a small bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco, opium, etc.
a quantity, as of tobacco, that fills the bowl of such a smoking utensil.
a tube used as, or to form an essential part of, a musical wind instrument.
a musical wind instrument consisting of a single tube of straw, reed, wood, or other material, as a flute, clarinet, or oboe.
one of the wooden or metal tubes from which the tones of an organ are produced.
a small end-blown flute played with one hand while the other beats a small drum.
the call or utterance of a bird, frog, etc.
pipes, Informal. the human vocal cords or the voice, especially as used in singing.
Usually, pipes.
Music. bagpipe.
a set of flutes, as a panpipe.
Informal. a tubular organ or passage of a human or animal body, especially a respiratory passage: to complain of congested pipes.
any of various tubular or cylindrical objects, parts, or formations, as an eruptive passage of a volcano or geyser.
a cylindrical vein or body of ore.
(in South Africa) a vertical, cylindrical matrix, of intrusive igneous origin, in which diamonds are found.
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.
Botany. the stem of a plant.
verb (used without object), piped, piping.
to play on a pipe.
Nautical. to signal, as with a boatswain's pipe.
to speak in a high-pitched or piercing tone.
to make or utter a shrill sound like that of a pipe: songbirds piping at dawn.
verb (used with object), piped, piping.
to convey by or as by pipes: to pipe water from the lake.
to supply with pipes.
to play (music) on a pipe or pipes.
to summon, order, etc., by sounding the boatswain's pipe or whistle: all hands were piped on deck.
to bring, lead, etc., by or as by playing on a pipe: to pipe dancers.
to utter in a shrill tone: to pipe a command.
to trim or finish with piping, as an article of clothing.
Cookery. to force (dough, frosting, etc.) through a pastry tube onto a baking sheet, cake or pie, etc.
Informal. to convey by an electrical wire or cable: to pipe a signal from the antenna.
Slang. to look at; notice: Pipe the cat in the hat.
Verb phrases
pipe down, Slang. to stop talking; be quiet: He shouted at us to pipe down.
pipe up,
to begin to play (a musical instrument) or to sing.
to make oneself heard; speak up, especially as to assert oneself.
to increase in velocity, as the wind.

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)

pipeless, adjective
pipelike, adjective
unpiped, adjective

16. cheep, chitter, whistle, chirp, peep, trill, twitter, tweet.
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pipe1 (paɪp)
1.  a long tube of metal, plastic, etc, used to convey water, oil, gas, etc
2.  a long tube or case
3.  a.  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
 b.  (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.  a.  any musical instrument whose sound production results from the vibration of an air column in a simple tube
 b.  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.  See tabor an obsolete three-holed wind instrument, held in the left hand while played and accompanied by the tabor
8.  the pipes See bagpipes
9.  a shrill voice or sound, as of a bird
10.  a.  a boatswain's pipe
 b.  the sound it makes
11.  informal (plural) 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.  slang (US) 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
17.  to play (music) on a pipe
18.  (tr) to summon or lead by a pipe: to pipe the dancers
19.  to utter (something) shrilly
20.  a.  to signal orders to (the crew) by a boatswain's pipe
 b.  (tr) to signal the arrival or departure of: to pipe the admiral aboard
21.  (tr) to convey (water, gas, etc) by a pipe or pipes
22.  (tr) to provide with pipes
23.  (tr) to trim (an article, esp of clothing) with piping
24.  (tr) to force (cream, icing, etc) through a shaped nozzle to decorate food
[Old English pīpe (n), pīpian (vb), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp]

pipe2 (paɪp)
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
[C14: via Old French (in the sense: tube, tubular vessel), ultimately from Latin pīpāre to chirp; compare pipe1]

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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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Pipe definition

(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.

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