pipe Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “pipe” in the English Dictionary

"pipe" in British English

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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
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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


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.
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(Definition of pipe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pipe" in American English

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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


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.
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)
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