pipe

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."

Definitions of pipe
  1. noun
    a hollow cylindrical shape
    synonyms: tube
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    cylinder
    a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
  2. noun
    a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
    synonyms: pipage, piping
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    trans-Alaska pipeline
    an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
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    chimneypot
    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
    elbow
    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
    main
    a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
    manifold
    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
    standpipe
    a vertical pipe
    steam line, steam pipe
    a pipe conducting steam
    tailpipe
    a pipe carrying fumes from the muffler to the rear of a car
    culvert
    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
    hydrant
    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
    scupper
    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.
    trap
    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
  3. noun
    a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
    synonyms: 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
    meerschaum
    a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
    dudeen
    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
  4. verb
    transport by pipeline
    pipe oil, water, and gas into the desert”
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    type of:
    transport
    move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
  5. noun
    a tubular wind instrument
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    bagpipe
    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
  6. noun
    the flues and stops on a pipe organ
    synonyms: 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
    dulciana
    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
    sourdine
    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
  7. verb
    play on a pipe
    pipe a tune”
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    type of:
    play
    perform music on (a musical instrument)
  8. verb
    utter a shrill cry
    synonyms: pipe up, shriek, shrill
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    types:
    caterwaul, yowl
    utter shrieks, as of cats
    type of:
    call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    utter a sudden loud cry
  9. verb
    trim with piping
    pipe the skirt”
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
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