- A hollow tube that transports water, steam, or other liquid; usually made of metal, ceramic, wood, or plastic.
- A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking (see also water pipe or bong)
- (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia
- A type of pasta, similar to macaroni
- Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color
- (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.
- (music) A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)
- (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
- (computing) The ASCII character at position 124 (decimal), 7C (hex), 01111100 (binary): " , "
- (computing) In Unix, the pipe character signifies that the output of one program feeds directly as input to another program.
- (context, computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access (e.g., a "fat pipe" refers to a high-bandwidth connection).
- (obsolete) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons; half a ton.
verb (pip, ing)
- 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
- (context, AU, colloquial, obsolete) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libelous, written on a piece of paper and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies.
- 1818: yet, it is much to be hoped, that from his example pipe-making will in future be reposed solely in the hands of Mr. William Cluer of the Brickfield Hill. — w:Sydney Gazette, Sydney Gazette, 26 September 1818, on w:William Bland, William Bland convicted of libelling w:Lachlan Macquarie, Governor Macquarie in a pipe (William Cluer was an earthenware pipe manufacturer). Quoted in More Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia's First Newspaper, volume 2, ed. Micahel Connor, Duffy and Snellgrove, 2004, ISBN 1-876631-91-0.
Etymology: From pipe, from .
- To convey or transport something by means of pipes.
- To install or configure pipes.
- To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
- (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
- To decorate a cake using a pastry bag a flexible bag from which icing is forced through a small nozzle to make various designs
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