pitch pipe
noun Date: 1711 a small reed pipe or flue pipe producing one or more tones to establish the pitch in singing or in tuning an instrument

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  • Pitch pipe — Pitch Pitch, n. 1. A throw; a toss; a cast, as of something from the hand; as, a good pitch in quoits. [1913 Webster] {Pitch and toss}, a game played by tossing up a coin, and calling Heads or tails; hence: {To play pitch and toss with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pitch-pipe — 1711, from PITCH (Cf. pitch) in the musical sense + PIPE (Cf. pipe) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pitch-pipe — ˈpitch pipe 7 [pitch pipe pitch pipes] noun a small pipe that is blown to give the right note for singing or for tuning a musical instrument …   Useful english dictionary

  • pitch pipe — n. a small pipe or set of pipes that produces a tone or tones for establishing the pitch for tuning an instrument or for singing …   English World dictionary

  • pitch pipe — pitch′ pipe n. mad a small flute or reed pipe producing one or more pitches when blown into • Etymology: 1705–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • Pitch pipe — A pitch pipe is a small device used to provide a pitch reference for musicians without absolute pitch. Although it may be described as a musical instrument, it is not typically used to play music as such. Origins The earliest pitch pipes were… …   Wikipedia

  • pitch pipe — noun a small pipe sounding a tone of standard frequency; used to establish the starting pitch for unaccompanied singing • Hypernyms: ↑pipe * * * noun Etymology: pitch (IV) : a small reed pipe or flue pipe that is blown with the breath to produce… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pitch pipe — a small flute or reed pipe producing one or more pitches when blown into, used chiefly for establishing the proper pitch in singing or in tuning a musical instrument. Also called tuning pipe. [1705 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • pitch pipe — noun Music a small pipe used to set the correct pitch for the voice or another instrument …   English new terms dictionary

  • pitch pipe — noun A device much like a harmonica, used to supply a sought pitch …   Wiktionary

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