Pipe tongs
Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 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.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. A small bowl with a hollow stem, -- used in smoking tobacco, and, sometimes, other substances. [1913 Webster]

4. A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions. [1913 Webster]

5. The key or sound of the voice. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird. [1913 Webster]

The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

7. pl. The bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow. [1913 Webster]

8. (Mining) An elongated body or vein of ore. [1913 Webster]

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. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

10. (Naut.) A boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to their duties; also, the sound of it. [1913 Webster]

11. [Cf. F. pipe, fr. pipe a wind instrument, a tube, fr. L. pipare to chirp. See Etymol. above.] A cask usually containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the quantity which it contains. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • pipe tongs — noun : a crude form of pipe wrench compare chain tongs …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pipe — Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces musical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pipe fitter — Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pipe fitting — Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pipe office — Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pipe privet — Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pipe tree — Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pipe wrench — Pipe Pipe, n. [AS. p[=i]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. {Peep}, {Pibroch}, {Fife}.] 1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pipe wrench — noun adjustable wrench for gripping and turning a pipe; has two serrated jaws that are adjusted to grip the pipe • Syn: ↑tube wrench • Hypernyms: ↑adjustable wrench, ↑adjustable spanner • Hyponyms: ↑chain tongs, ↑Stillson wre …   Useful english dictionary

  • pipe grip — noun 1. : pipe wrench 2. : chain tongs …   Useful english dictionary

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