pipe Definition

  • 1a tube of metal, plastic, or other material used to convey water, gas, oil, or other fluid substances
  • 2a tube of tobacco or other substance that is smoked in a pipe
  • 3a musical instrument consisting of a tube played by blowing into it and producing sound by means of vibrating lips

Using pipe: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pipe" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The plumber fixed the burst pipe.

  • Example

    He filled his pipe with tobacco and lit it.

  • Example

    She played a tune on her pipe.

  • Example

    The organist played the church's pipe organ.

pipe Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pipe

Phrases with pipe

  • used to tell someone that they must accept the unpleasant fact or situation that you have just described


    I'm sorry, but you failed the exam. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • to stop talking or making noise


    Pipe down, everyone! The movie is about to start.

  • something that is very easy to do or accomplish


    For him, getting an A in math is a lead pipe cinch.

Origins of pipe

from Old English 'pīpe', from Latin 'pipare', meaning 'to chirp'


Summary: pipe in Brief

A 'pipe' [paɪp] is a tube used to convey fluids or gases, such as water, gas, or oil. It can also refer to a tube of tobacco or other substance that is smoked, or a musical instrument played by blowing into it. Phrases like 'put that in your pipe and smoke it' and 'pipe down' are idiomatic expressions that respectively mean 'accept the unpleasant fact' and 'stop talking or making noise.'

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