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.
the call or utterance of a bird, frog, etc.
pipes, Informal. the human vocal cords or the voice, especially as used in singing.
any of various tubular or cylindrical objects, parts, or formations, as an eruptive passage of a volcano or geyser.
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 .
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 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.
pipe down, Slang. to stop talking; be quiet:
He shouted at us to pipe down.
a large cask, of varying capacity, especially for wine or oil.
such a cask as a measure of liquid capacity, equal to 4 barrels, 2 hogsheads, or half a tun, and containing 126 wine gallons.
such a cask with its contents.
a long tube of metal, plastic, etc, used to convey water, oil, gas, etc
a long tube or case
Also called pipeful. the amount of tobacco that fills the bowl of a pipe
(zoology, botany) any of various hollow organs, such as the respiratory passage of certain animals
an obsolete three-holed wind instrument, held in the left hand while played and accompanied by the tabor See tabor
the pipes, See bagpipes
a shrill voice or sound, as of a bird
(pl) (informal) the respiratory tract or vocal cords
(metallurgy) a conical hole in the head of an ingot, made by escaping gas as the metal cools
a cylindrical vein of rich ore, such as one of the vertical diamond-bearing veins at Kimberley, South Africa
Also called volcanic pipe. a vertical cylindrical passage in a volcano through which molten lava is forced during eruption
(US, slang) something easy to do, esp a simple course in college
(informal) put that in your pipe and smoke it, accept that fact if you can
to play (music) on a pipe
(transitive) to summon or lead by a pipe: to pipe the dancers
to utter (something) shrilly
(transitive) to convey (water, gas, etc) by a pipe or pipes
(transitive) to provide with pipes
(transitive) to trim (an article, esp of clothing) with piping
(transitive) to force (cream, icing, etc) through a shaped nozzle to decorate food
a large cask for wine, oil, etc
a measure of capacity for wine equal to four barrels. 1 pipe is equal to 126 US gallons or 105 Brit gallons
a cask holding this quantity with its contents
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)).
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).
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]
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]
1. One of Unix’s buffers which can be written to by one asynchronous process and read by another, with the kernel suspending and waking up the sender and receiver according to how full the pipe is. In later versions of Unix, rather than using an anonymous kernel-managed temporary file to implement a pipe, it can be named and is implemented as a local socket pair.
2. “|” ASCII character 124. Used to represent a pipe between two processes in a shell command line. E.g.
grep foo log | more
which feeds the output of grep into the input of more without requiring a named temporary file and without waiting for the first process to finish.
3. A connection to a network.
See also light pipe.
(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.
noun 1. a small homemade bomb typically contained in a metal pipe. noun 1. a small explosive device hidden in a pipe or drain, detonated by means of a timer
[pahyp-kley] /ˈpaɪpˌkleɪ/ verb (used with object) 1. to whiten with pipe clay. noun 1. a fine, white clay used for making tobacco pipes, whitening parts of military or other dress, etc.
noun 1. a short length of twisted flexible wires covered with tufted fabric, used to clean the stem of a smoker’s pipe and for various handicrafts. noun 1. a short length of thin wires twisted so as to hold tiny tufts of yarn: used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe
- Pipe course
noun phrase An easy course; gut course: You are all freshmen and you may not be familiar with the term ”pipe course” (1927+ College students)