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      n   a short length of thin wires twisted so as to hold tiny tufts of yarn: used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
pipe          [1]  
1    a long tube of metal, plastic, etc., used to convey water, oil, gas, etc.  
2    a long tube or case  
a    an object made in any of various shapes and sizes, consisting of a small bowl with an attached tubular stem, in which tobacco or other substances are smoked  
b    (as modifier)  
a pipe bowl     
4      (Also called)    pipeful   the amount of tobacco that fills the bowl of a pipe  
5      (Zoology, botany)   any of various hollow organs, such as the respiratory passage of certain animals  
a    any musical instrument whose sound production results from the vibration of an air column in a simple tube  
b    any of the tubular devices on an organ, in which air is made to vibrate either directly, as in a flue pipe, or by means of a reed  
7    an obsolete three-holed wind instrument, held in the left hand while played and accompanied by the tabor  
   See       tabor  
8    the pipes      See       bagpipes  
9    a shrill voice or sound, as of a bird  
a    a boatswain's pipe  
b    the sound it makes  
11    pl  
Informal   the respiratory tract or vocal cords  
12      (Metallurgy)   a conical hole in the head of an ingot, made by escaping gas as the metal cools  
13    a cylindrical vein of rich ore, such as one of the vertical diamond-bearing veins at Kimberley, South Africa  
14      (Also called)    volcanic pipe   a vertical cylindrical passage in a volcano through which molten lava is forced during eruption  
15      (U.S.)  
slang   something easy to do, esp. a simple course in college  
16    put that in your pipe and smoke it  
Informal   accept that fact if you can  
17    to play (music) on a pipe  
18    tr   to summon or lead by a pipe  
to pipe the dancers     
19    to utter (something) shrilly  
a    to signal orders to (the crew) by a boatswain's pipe  
b    tr   to signal the arrival or departure of  
to pipe the admiral aboard     
21    tr   to convey (water, gas, etc.) by a pipe or pipes  
22    tr   to provide with pipes  
23    tr   to trim (an article, esp. of clothing) with piping  
24    tr   to force (cream, icing, etc.) through a shaped nozzle to decorate food,   (See also)        pipe down       pipe up  
     (Old English pipe (n), pipian (vb), ultimately from Latin pipare to chirp)  
  pipeless      adj  
  pipy      adj  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    conduit, conveyor, duct, hose, line, main, passage, pipeline, tube  
2    briar, clay, meerschaum  
3    fife, horn, tooter, whistle, wind instrument  
4    cheep, peep, play, sing, sound, tootle, trill, tweet, twitter, warble, whistle  
5    bring in, channel, conduct, convey, siphon, supply, transmit  

pipe down     
belt up     (slang)   be quiet, button it     (slang)   button one's lip     (slang)   hold one's tongue, hush, put a sock in it     (Brit. slang)   quieten down, shush, shut one's mouth, shut up     (informal)   silence  
pipe dream     
castle in the air, chimera, daydream, delusion, dream, fantasy, notion, reverie, vagary  
pipe up     
have one's say, make oneself heard, put one's oar in, raise one's voice, speak, speak up, volunteer  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
A pipe that carries water and pollutants after being used in houses and businesses.
In civil engineering, a headwall is a small retaining wall placed at the inlet or outlet of a stormwater pipe or culvert.
enormous amassment of various wastes that clogs sewer 's pipes
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