pipe Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “pipe” in the English Dictionary

"pipe" in British English

See all translations

pipenoun [C]

uk   us   /paɪp/

pipe noun [C] (TUBE)

B1 a ​tube inside which ​liquid or ​gasflows from one ​place to another: a ​water/​gas/​sewer pipe a ​burst/​fractured/​leaking pipe
More examples

pipe noun [C] (FOR TOBACCO)

a ​short, ​narrowtube with a ​smallcontainer at one end, used for ​smokingtobacco: I ​ordered some ​tea for myself and lit my pipe.

pipe noun [C] (INSTRUMENT)

a ​simplemusicalinstrument made of a ​short, ​narrowtube that is ​played by ​blowing through itpipes [plural] another word for bagpipes one of the ​metal or ​woodtubes in an ​organ through which ​air is ​pushed to make ​sound

pipe noun [C] (SYMBOL)

the | ​symbol on a ​computerkeyboard

pipeverb

uk   us   /paɪp/

pipe verb (SPEAK)

[T] to ​speak or ​sing in a high ​voice

pipe verb (TUBE)

[T usually passive, + adv/prep] to ​transport something in a pipe: Hot ​water is piped to all ​apartments from the ​centralboilerroom.figurative Music is piped ​throughout the ​hotelcomplex.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of pipe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pipe" in American English

See all translations

pipenoun [C]

 us   /pɑɪp/

pipe noun [C] (TUBE)

a ​tube through which ​liquids or ​gases can ​flow: You have to ​remember to ​shut off the ​water in ​winter or the pipes will ​freeze and ​burst.

pipe noun [C] (DEVICE FOR SMOKING)

a ​short, ​narrowtube with a ​smallbowl at one end, used for ​smoking esp. ​tobacco

pipe noun [C] (MUSICAL INSTRUMENT)

a ​musicalinstrument consisting of a ​short, ​narrowtube that is ​played by ​blowing through it Pipes are also the ​metal or ​woodtubes in an organ (= ​musicalinstrumentplayed by ​pressingkeys) that ​producesound.
pipe
verb [T always + adv/prep]  us   /pɑɪp/
Hot ​water is ​piped to all the ​apartments from the ​boiler.
(Definition of pipe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pipe?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More