I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pīpa (akin to Old High German pfīfa pipe), from Vulgar Latin *pipa pipe, from Latin pipare to peep, of imitative origin Date: before 12th century 1. a. a tubular wind instrument; specifically a small fipple flute held in and played by the left hand b. one of the tubes of a pipe organ: (1) flue pipe (2) reed pipe c. bagpipe — usually used in plural d. (1) voice, vocal cord — usually used in plural (2) piping 1 2. a. a long tube or hollow body for conducting a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid or for structural purposes b. a means of transmission (as of television signals or computer data) <
a broadband fiber-optic pipe
3. a. a tubular or cylindrical object, part, or passage b. a roughly cylindrical and vertical geological formation c. the eruptive channel opening into the crater of a volcano 4. a. a large cask of varying capacity used especially for wine and oil b. any of various units of liquid capacity based on the size of a pipe; especially a unit equal to two hogsheads 5. a device for smoking usually consisting of a tube having a bowl at one end and a mouthpiece at the other 6. snap 2c, cinchpipeful nounpipeless adjectivepipelike adjective II. verb (piped; piping) Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to play on a pipe b. to convey orders by signals on a boatswain's pipe 2. a. to speak in a high or shrill voice b. to emit a shrill sound transitive verb 1. a. to play (a tune) on a pipe b. to utter in the shrill tone of a pipe 2. a. to lead or cause to go with pipe music b. (1) to call or direct by the boatswain's pipe (2) to receive aboard or attend the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe 3. to trim with piping 4. to furnish or equip with pipes 5. to convey by or as if by pipes; especially to transmit by wire or coaxial cable 6. notice

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • pipe — pipe …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • pipe — [ pip ] n. f. • déb. XIIIe; de piper 1 ♦ Vx Pipeau. Chalumeau, tuyau. 2 ♦ Ancienne mesure de capacité. ♢ Région. Grande futaille, de capacité variable. 3 ♦ (XVe; par anal. pop.) Vx …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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 — may refer to: * Pipe (material), a hollow cylinder following certain dimension rules ** Pipe for transporting water (Water pipe), chemical, gas and casing pipe for cables * Pipe (smoking) * Pipe (character) or vertical bar, the ASCII character |… …   Wikipedia

  • pipe — [pīp] n. [ME < OE < WGmc * pipa < VL * pipa < L pipare, to cheep, chirp, peep, of echoic orig.] 1. a hollow cylinder or cone, as of reed, straw, wood, or metal, in which air vibrates to produce a musical sound, as in an organ or wind… …   English World dictionary

  • pipe — ► NOUN 1) a tube used to convey water, gas, oil, etc. 2) a device for smoking tobacco, consisting of a narrow tube that opens into a small bowl in which the tobacco is burned, the smoke being drawn through the tube to the mouth. 3) a wind… …   English terms dictionary

  • Pipe — (von engl. pipe „Rohr“, „Röhre“, „Pfeife“) steht für: Pipe (Informatik), ein Datenstrom zwischen zwei Prozessen Ein senkrechter Strich („|“, „Pipe Symbol“) zur Erzeugung einer solchen Pipe Pipe (Automarke) eine ehemalige belgische Automarke Pipe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • PIPE — can refer to *PIPE (explosive) *PIPE Networks *Private Investment in Public Equity (PIPE) * Physical Interface for PCI Express (PIPE)For other meanings, see also pipe …   Wikipedia

  • Pipe — 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. [1913 Webster] A robin . . . was piping a few querulous notes. W. Irving.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pipe — Pipe, v. i. 1. To play on a pipe, fife, flute, or other tubular wind instrument of music. [1913 Webster] We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced. Matt. xi. 17. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To call, convey orders, etc., by means of signals on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • PIPE — transaction (PIPE) USA PIPE stands for private investment in public equity. A PIPE transaction is a transaction in which a public company issues equity securities in a private placement to investors (usually at a discount to the market price of… …   Law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”