pipe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An image of a man holding a pipe (noun sense 1.1) to his mouth with his left hand, and playing a tabor with his right, from a stained glass window in Staffordshire, England, UK
The pipes (sense 1.2) of the church organ of St. Mary’s Church, Stapleford Tawney, Essex, England, UK
An orange pipe (sense 4.1) or piping on the armrest of an upholstered seat
A tobacco pipe (sense 6.1) used for smoking

From Middle English pīpe, pype (hollow cylinder or tube used as a conduit or container; duct or vessel of the body; musical instrument; financial records maintained by the English Exchequer, pipe roll), from Old English pīpe (pipe (musical instrument); the channel of a small stream),[1] from Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pipire, pipiare, pipare, from pīpiō (to chirp, peep), of imitative origin.

The “storage container” and “liquid measure” senses are derived from Middle English pīpe (large storage receptacle, particularly for wine; cask, vat; measure of volume), from pīpe (above) and Old French pipe (liquid measure).[2]

The verb is from Middle English pīpen, pypen (to play a pipe; to make a shrill sound; to speak with a high-pitched tone;), from Old English pīpian (to pipe).[3]

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Noun[edit]

pipe (plural pipes)

  1. Meanings relating to a 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 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.]
    4. A high-pitched sound, especially of a bird. [from 18th c.]
  2. Meanings relating to a hollow conduit.
    1. A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications. [from 10th c.]
      1. (especially in informal contexts) A water pipe.
        A burst pipe flooded my bathroom.
    2. A tubular passageway in the human body such as a blood vessel or the windpipe. [from 14th c.]
    3. (idiomatic, slang) A man's penis.
      • 2006, Monique A. Williams, Neurotica: An Honest Examination into Urban Sexual Relations, [Morrisville, N.C.]: Lulu Enterprises, →ISBN, page 7:
        He grabs my legs and throws them over his shoulders, putting his big pipe inside me []
      • 2010, Eric Summers, editor, Teammates, Sarasota, Fla.: StarBooks, →ISBN, 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, Sarasota, Fla.: StarBooks, →ISBN, 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. Meanings relating to a container.
    1. A large container for storing liquids or foodstuffs; now especially a vat or cask of cider or wine. [from 14th c.]
    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, p.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. Meanings relating to something resembling a tube.
    1. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, curtains, pillows, etc.), often in a contrasting color; piping. [from 15th c.]
    2. A type of pasta similar to macaroni.
    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. (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
    5. (mining) An elongated or irregular body or vein of ore. [from 17th c.]
    6. (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, Vol.2 (Duffy and Snellgrove, →ISBN:
        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.
  5. Meanings relating to computing.
    1. (computing) A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input. [from 20th c.]
    2. (computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access. [from 20th c.]
      A fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.
    3. (computing, typography) The character |. [from 20th c.]
  6. Meanings relating to a smoking implement.
    1. (smoking) A hollow stem with a 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.]
      • 1843 December 19, Charles Dickens, “Stave Four. The Last of the Spirits.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, [], OCLC 55746801, page 129:
        Sitting in among the wares he dealt in, by a charcoal-stove, made of old bricks, was a gray-haired rascal, nearly seventy years of age; who had screened himself from the cold air without, by a frousy curtaining of miscellaneous tatters, hung upon a line; and smoked his pipe in all the luxury of calm retirement.
      • 1892, Walter Besant, “The Select Circle”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619, page 46:
        At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlor of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle—a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    2. (Canada, US, colloquial, now historical) The distance travelled between two rest periods during which one could smoke a pipe. [from 18th c.]

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  • (smoking implement): briar

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (intransitive) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe or a flute.
  2. (intransitive) To shout loudly and at high pitch.
  3. (intransitive) To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
    • 1827, William Wordsworth, “The Brothers”, in The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. In Five Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, [], OCLC 7589693, page 125:
      [W]ith the mariners / A fellow-mariner,—and so had fared / Through twenty seasons; but he had been rear'd / Among the mountains, and he in his heart / Was half a Shepherd on the stormy seas. / Oft in the piping shrouds had Leonard heard / The tones of waterfalls, and inland sounds / Of caves and trees: []
  4. (intransitive, metallurgy) Of a metal ingot: to become hollow in the process of solidifying.
  5. (transitive) To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
  6. (transitive) To install or configure with pipes.
  7. (transitive) To dab moisture away from.
  8. (transitive, figuratively) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
  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. (transitive, cooking) To create or decorate with piping (icing).
    to pipe flowers on to a cupcake
    • 1998, Nicholas Lodge; Janice Murfitt, The International School of Sugarcraft: Book One: Beginners, London: Merehurst Press, →ISBN, page 108:
      This means a quantity of runouts can be made in advance, allowing more time to flat ice and pipe the cake.
  11. (transitive, nautical) To order or signal by a note pattern on a boatswain's pipe.
  12. (transitive, slang, dated) To see.
    • 1879 October, J[ohn] W[illiam] Horsley, “Autobiography of a Thief in Thieves’ Language”, in Macmillan’s Magazine, volume XL, number 240, London: Macmillan and Co. [], OCLC 1005958675, page 505, column 1:
      So I went and laid down on the grass. While laying there I piped a reeler whom I knew. He had a nark (a policeman's spy) with him. So I went and looked about for my two pals, and told them to look out for F. and his nark.
    • 1942 August 10, “Cinema: New Picture [film review of The Pied Piper]”, in Time[1], archived from the original on 25 August 2013:
      The Pied Piper (20th Century-Fox) pipes sumptuous Monty ("The Beard") Woolley out of his wheel chair for the first time since he began playing The Man Who Came to Dinner (TIME, Jan. 26) three years ago. The change is good for him. The belligerent old nanny goat turns into a very human portrait of a crotchety, kindly Englishman caught in France by the Nazi invasion.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ pīpe, n.(1)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ pīpe, n.(2)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ pīpen, v.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 September 2018.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From verb piper

Noun[edit]

pipe f (plural pipes)

  1. tobacco pipe
  2. (vulgar) blowjob
    Elle m'a taillé une pipe.She blew me.

Etymology 2[edit]

From English pipe

Noun[edit]

pipe m (plural pipes)

  1. the pipe symbol (|)

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

pipe f

  1. plural of pipa

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pipe f (plural pipes)

  1. (Jersey) 120 gallons

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse pípa

Noun[edit]

pipe f, m (definite singular pipa or pipen, indefinite plural piper, definite plural pipene)

  1. a chimney
  2. (smoking) a pipe
  3. an organ pipe

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse pípa

Noun[edit]

pipe f (definite singular pipa, indefinite plural piper, definite plural pipene)

  1. a chimney
  2. (smoking) a pipe
  3. an organ pipe

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English pipe.

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Noun[edit]

pipe m (uncountable)

  1. (computing) pipe (the redirection of the output of a process directly into the input of another)

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

pipe

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of pipar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of pipar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of pipar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of pipar.