- 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 instrument2. any wind instrument; specif.,a) [pl.] BAGPIPEb) a small medieval fipple flute played with the left hand while the right hand beats a tabor3. a small, shrill whistle, used by a boatswain as in conveying orders to a ship's crew: in full boatswain's pipe4. a high, shrill sound, as of a voice, birdcall, etc.5. [often pl.] the vocal organs, esp. as used in singing6. a long tube of clay, concrete, metal, plastic, etc., for conveying water, gas, oil, etc. or for use in construction7.a) a tubular organ or canal of the bodyb) [pl.] the respiratory organs8.a) a somewhat cylindrical deposit of oreb) an opening into a volcano's crater9. anything tubular in form10.a) a tube with a small bowl at one end, in which tobacco, etc. is smokedb) enough tobacco, etc. to fill such a bowl11.a) a large cask for wine, oil, etc., having a capacity of about two hogsheads, or 126 gallonsb) this volume as a unit of measure☆ 12. Slang something regarded as easy to accomplishvi.piped, piping1. to play on a pipe2. to utter shrill, reedy sounds or tones3. Metallurgy to develop longitudinal cavities, as steel sometimes does in ingots and castings during solidification4. Naut. to signal a ship's crew by sounding a boatswain's pipevt.1. to play (a tune, etc.) on a pipe2. to utter in a shrill, reedy voice or tone3. to affect or bring to some condition or place by or as by playing pipes [to pipe the clan to battle ]☆ 4. to convey (water, gas, oil, etc.) by means of pipes☆ 5. to provide with pipes6. to trim (a dress, etc.) with piping7. to squeeze (icing, dough, or other soft or puréed food) from a pastry bag8. Slang to look at or notice9. Naut. to call together or alert (the crew), make (a specified call), or signal the arrival aboard or the departure of (someone) by sounding a boatswain's pipe——————pipe down☆ Slang to become quiet or quieter; stop shouting, talking, etc.——————pipe into convey (esp. transcribed or remote music or speech) by an electric or electronic system——————pipe up1. to begin to play or sing (music)2. to speak up or say, esp. in a piping voice
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.