Definition for PIPE

PIPE, n. [Sax. pipe; W. pib; Ir. pib; piob; Sw. pip, pipa; D. pyp; G. pfeife, whence Eng. fife; Dan. pibe; Port. It and Sp. pipa; Fr. pipe; Arm. pip or pimp.]

  1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a long tube of wood or metal; as, a rural pipe. The word, I believe, is not now the proper technical name of any particular instrument, but is applicable to any tubular wind instrument, and it occurs in bagpipe.
  2. A long tube or hollow body; applied to the veins and arteries of the body, and to many hollow bodies, particularly such as are used for conductors of water or other fluids.
  3. A tube of clay with a bowl at one end; used in smoking tobacco.
  4. The organs of voice and respiration; as in windpipe. – Peacham.
  5. The key or sound of the voice. – Shak.
  6. In England, a roll in the exchequer, or the exchequer itself. Hence, pipe-office is an office in which the clerk of the pipe makes out leases of crown lands, accounts of sherifs, &c.
  7. A cask containing two hogsheads or 120 gallons, used for wine; or the quantity which it contains.
  8. In mining, a pipe is where the ore runs forward endwise in a hole, and does not sink downward or in a vein. – Encyc.

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