A pipe is a hollow tube that liquid flows through. When your kitchen pipes get clogged, call a plumber. A pipe is also something to put tobacco in and smoke. Old pictures of Santa show him smoking a pipe.

Water moves through pipes before it comes flowing out of your faucets. Other substances, like oil and gas, also flow through pipes. These pipes are usually made of metal or a very sturdy kind of plastic. Other kinds of pipes include the ones you make music with and the one your uncle has to smoke outside, because it's so smelly. Pipe comes from the Vulgar Latin pipa, "tube-shaped musical instrument."

Primary Meanings of pipe

a hollow cylindrical shape
transport by pipeline
a tubular wind instrument
play on a pipe
trim with piping
Full Definitions of pipe

n a hollow cylindrical shape

Type of:
a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line

n a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.

pipage, piping
trans-Alaska pipeline
an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
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a short earthenware pipe on the top of a chimney to increase the draft
discharge pipe
a pipe through which fluids can be discharged
drain, drainpipe, waste pipe
a pipe through which liquid is carried away
drilling pipe
a series of tubes (joined by screwed collars) that connect a drilling platform to the drilling bit; rotates the bit and supplies drilling mud
a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
exhaust pipe
a pipe through which burned gases travel from the exhaust manifold to the muffler
fuel line, gas line, petrol line
a pipe that carries gasoline from a tank to a gasoline engine
a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes
line, pipeline
a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
riser, riser main, riser pipe, riser pipeline
a vertical pipe in a building
sparge pipe
a horizontal pipe having fine holes drilled throughout its length so as to deliver a spray of water
a vertical pipe
steam line, steam pipe
a pipe conducting steam
a pipe carrying fumes from the muffler to the rear of a car
a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
electric main
a main that distributes electricity
exhaust manifold
a manifold that receives exhaust gases from the cylinders and conducts them to the exhaust pipe
gas line
a pipeline used to transport natural gas
gas main
a main that distributes gas
a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from the mains of waterworks
inlet manifold
manifold that carries vaporized fuel from the carburetor to the inlet valves of the cylinders
intake manifold
a manifold consisting of a pipe to carry fuel to each cylinder in an internal-combustion engine
oil pipeline
a pipeline used to transport oil
drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
cloaca, sewer, sewerage
a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
sewer line, sewer main
a main in a sewage system
soil pipe
drain that conveys liquid waste from toilets, etc.
drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
water main
main (a pipe or conduit) for conveying water
Type of:
tube, tubing
conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases

n a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco

tobacco pipe
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briar, briar pipe
a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath
calabash, calabash pipe
a pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd
calumet, peace pipe, pipe of peace
a highly decorated ceremonial pipe of Amerindians; smoked on ceremonial occasions (especially as a token of peace)
clay pipe
a pipe made of clay
calean, chicha, hookah, hubble-bubble, hubbly-bubbly, kalian, narghile, nargileh, sheesha, shisha, water pipe
an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water
a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
a clay pipe with a short stem
Type of:
tube, tubing
conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases

v transport by pipeline

pipe oil, water, and gas into the desert”
Type of:
move something or somebody around; usually over long distances

n a tubular wind instrument

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a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
chanter, melody pipe
reed pipe with finger holes on which the melody is played
bourdon, drone, drone pipe
a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
fipple flute, fipple pipe, recorder, vertical flute
a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece
pandean pipe, panpipe, syrinx
a primitive wind instrument consisting of several parallel pipes bound together
pitch pipe
a small pipe sounding a tone of standard frequency; used to establish the starting pitch for unaccompanied singing
flageolet, shepherd's pipe, treble recorder
a small fipple flute with four finger holes and two thumb holes
musette, shepherd's pipe
a small bagpipe formerly popular in France
pennywhistle, tin whistle, whistle
an inexpensive fipple flute
Type of:
wind, wind instrument
a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath

n the flues and stops on a pipe organ

organ pipe, pipework
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flue, flue pipe, labial pipe
organ pipe whose tone is produced by air passing across the sharp edge of a fissure or lip
organ stop
a graduated set of organ pipes of like tone quality
reed pipe
organ pipe with a vibrating reed
diapason, diapason stop
either of the two main stops on a pipe organ
the organ stop having a tone of soft sweet string quality
flue stop
an organ stop with the tone of a flue pipe
reed stop
an organ stop with the tone of a reed instrument
an organ stop resulting in a soft muted sound
voix celeste, vox angelica
an organ stop producing a gentle tremolo effect
Type of:
wind, wind instrument
a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath

v play on a pipe

pipe a tune”
Type of:
perform music on (a musical instrument)

v utter a shrill cry

pipe up, shriek, shrill
caterwaul, yowl
utter shrieks, as of cats
Type of:
call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
utter a sudden loud cry

v trim with piping

pipe the skirt”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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