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"pipe" in British English

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pipenoun [C]

uk   /paɪp/ us   /paɪp/
  • pipe noun [C] (TUBE)

B1 a tube inside which liquid or gas flows 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, narrow tube with a small container at one end, used for smoking tobacco: I ordered some tea for myself and lit my pipe.
  • pipe noun [C] (SYMBOL)

the | symbol on a computer keyboard

pipeverb

uk   /paɪp/ us   /paɪp/
(Definition of pipe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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, narrow tube with a small bowl at one end, used for smoking esp. tobacco
  • pipe noun [C] (MUSICAL INSTRUMENT)

a musical instrument consisting of a short, narrow tube that is played by blowing through it
Pipes are also the metal or wood tubes in an organ (= musical instrument played by pressing keys) that produce sound.
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)
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