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. “Tunable as sylvan pipe.”
Now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe. --Shak.
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 stem, -- 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. [R.]
6. The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.
The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds. --Tennyson.
7. pl. The bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow.
8. Mining 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. Naut. 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.
Pipe fitter, one who fits pipes together, or applies pipes, as to an engine or a building.
Pipe fitting, a piece, as a coupling, an elbow, a valve, etc., used for connecting lengths of pipe or as accessory to a pipe.
Pipe office, an ancient office in the Court of Exchequer, in which the clerk of the pipe made out leases of crown lands, accounts of cheriffs, etc. [Eng.]
Pipe tree Bot., the lilac and the mock orange; -- so called because their were formerly used to make pipe stems; -- called also pipe privet.
Pipe wrench, or Pipe tongs, a jawed tool for gripping a pipe, in turning or holding it.
To smoke the pipe of peace, to smoke from the same pipe in token of amity or preparatory to making a treaty of peace, -- a custom of the American Indians.
Pipe, v. i.
1. To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music.
We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced. --Matt. xi. 17.
2. Naut. To call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on a pipe or whistle carried by a boatswain.
3. To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle. “Oft in the piping shrouds.”
4. Metal. To become hollow in the process of solodifying; -- said of an ingot, as of steel.
Pipe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piped p. pr. & vb. n. Piping.]
1. To perform, as a tune, by playing on a pipe, flute, fife, etc.; to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe.
A robin . . . was piping a few querulous notes. --W. Irving.
2. Naut. To call or direct, as a crew, by the boatswain's whistle.
As fine a ship's company as was ever piped aloft. --Marryat.
3. To furnish or equip with pipes; as, to pipe an engine, or a building.
n 1: a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking
tobacco [syn: tobacco pipe]
2: a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry
water or oil or gas etc. [syn: pipage, piping]
3: a hollow cylindrical shape [syn: tube]
4: a tubular wind instrument [syn: tabor pipe]
5: the flues and stops on a pipe organ [syn: organ pipe, pipework]
v 1: utter a shrill cry [syn: shriek, shrill, pipe up]
2: transport by pipeline; "pipe oil, water, and gas into the
3: play on a pipe; "pipe a tune"
4: trim with piping; "pipe the skirt"
(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.