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Definition of Pipe


  1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces musical sounds; as, a shepherd's pipe; the pipe of an organ.
  2. Any long tube or hollow body of wood, metal, earthenware, or the like: especially, one used as a conductor of water, steam, gas, etc.
  3. A small bowl with a hollow steam, -- used in smoking tobacco, and, sometimes, other substances.
  4. A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions.
  5. The key or sound of the voice.
  6. The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.
  7. The bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow.
  8. An elongated body or vein of ore.
  9. A roll formerly used in the English exchequer, otherwise called the Great Roll, on which were taken down the accounts of debts to the king; -- so called because put together like a pipe.
  10. A boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to their duties; also, the sound of it.
  11. A cask usually containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the quantity which it contains.
  12. To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music.
  13. To call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on a pipe or whistle carried by a boatswain.
  14. To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
  15. To become hollow in the process of solodifying; -- said of an ingot, as of steel.
  16. To perform, as a tune, by playing on a pipe, flute, fife, etc.; to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe.
  17. To call or direct, as a crew, by the boatswain's whistle.
  18. To furnish or equip with pipes; as, to pipe an engine, or a building.

Pipe Quotations

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
W. Clement Stone

I have an airplane hangar with 17 cars in it. That's no joke. I have a 'half pipe' in there, too - you know, like a big ramp, where I skateboard. It's awesome. It's the ultimate fantasy.
Paul Walker

I had Hallowe'en parties every year, as it was my birthday five days before. My parents would actually put prosthetic noses on, and my dad would wear a top-hat and tails, put on a fake curly moustache, and hold a pipe.
Bat for Lashes

Any man today who returns from work, sinks into a chair, and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.
Bill Cosby

I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that's not too new.
Robert W. Service
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Pipe Translations

pipe in Afrikaans is pyp, buis
pipe in Dutch is pijp, tabakspijp
pipe in Finnish is piippu, putki
pipe in French is pipe, tuyau, tube
pipe in Italian is fischietto, tubo
pipe in Latin is pipio, calamus