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From Old English pipe, from Vulgar Latin *pipa.



pipe (plural pipes)

A man playing pipe and tabor
  1. Wind instrument.
    1. (music) A wind instrument consisting of a tube, often lined with holes to allow for adjustment in pitch, sounded by blowing into the tube. [from 10th c.]
    2. (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound in an organ; an organ pipe. [from 14th c.]
    3. The key or sound of the voice. [from 16th c.]
      (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    4. A high-pitched sound, especially of a bird. [from 18th c.]
      • Tennyson:
        the earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
  2. Hollow conduit.
    1. A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications. [from 10th c.]
    2. A tubular passageway in the human body; the windpipe, a blood vessel. [from 14th c.]
    3. (Australia, colloquial, now historical) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libellous, written on a piece of paper which was rolled up and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies. [from 19th c.]
      • 1818 September 26, Sydney Gazette, on William Bland being convicted of libelling Governor Macquarie in a pipe, quoted in 2004, Michael Connor (editor), More Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia′s First Newspaper, volume 2 (Duffy and Snellgrove, ISBN 1-876631-91-0):
        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[an earthenware pipe maker] of the Brickfield Hill.
    4. (idiomatic, slang) A man's penis.
      • 2006, Monique A. Williams, Neurotica: an Honest Examination Into Urban Sexual Relations, page 7:
        He grabs my legs and throws them over his shoulders, putting his big pipe inside me...
      • 2010, Eric Summers, Teammates, page 90:
        He punctuated his demand with a deep thrust up CJ's hole. His giant pipe drove almost all the way in, pulsing against his fingers beside it.
      • 2011, Mickey Erlach, Gym Buddies & Buff Boys, page 64:
        He laughed as he knelt down between Duncan's splayed thighs and tore open a packaged condom, then rolled it down over his big fuck-pipe.
  3. Container.
    1. A large container for storing liquids or foodstuffs; now especially, a vat or cask of wine or cider. [from 14th c.]
      • 1846, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Cask of Amontillado’:
        I said to him — “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day! But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts.”
    2. The contents of such a vessel, as a liquid measure; sometimes set at 126 wine gallons; half a tun. [from 14th c.]
      • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, page 205:
        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.
  4. Something resembling a tube.
    1. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color> [from 15th c.]
    2. (mining) An elongated or irregular body or vein of ore. [from 17th c.]
    3. (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia. [from 19th c.]
    4. (computing) The character |. [from 20th c.]
    5. (computing) A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input. [from 20th c.]
    6. (computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access. [from 20th c.]
    7. A fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.
    8. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni
    9. (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
  5. Smoking implement.
    1. (smoking) A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking, especially a tobacco pipe but also including various other forms such as a water pipe. [from 16th c.]
    2. (North America, colloquial, now historical) The distance travelled between two rest periods during which one could smoke a pipe. [from 18th c.]


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pipe (third-person singular simple present pipes, present participle piping, simple past and past participle piped)

  1. (transitive) To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
  2. (transitive) To install or configure with pipes.
  3. (intransitive) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
  4. (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
  6. (transitive) To decorate with piping.
    • 1998, Merehurst Staff, Nicholas Lodge, Janice Murfitt, Graham Tann, The international school of sugarcraft: Beginners (page 108)
      This means a quantity of runouts can be made in advance, allowing more time to flat ice and pipe the cake.
  7. (transitive) To dab away moisture from.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      Our chimney was a square hole in the roof: it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house, and kept us coughing and piping the eye.
  8. To shout loudly and at high pitch.
  9. (transitive, computing, chiefly Unix) To directly feed (the output of one program) as input to another program, indicated by the pipe character at the command line.
  10. To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
    • Wordsworth
      oft in the piping shrouds
  11. To become hollow in the process of solidifying; said of an ingot of metal.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From verb piper


pipe f (plural pipes)

  1. tobacco pipe
  2. (vulgar) fellatio
    • Faire une pipe.
    • Tailler une pipe.

Etymology 2[edit]

From English


pipe m (plural pipes)

  1. the pipe symbol (|)

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pipe f

  1. plural form of pipa




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pipe f (plural pipes)

  1. 120 gallons



pipe m, f

  1. chimney
  2. (smoking) pipe