American English

Definition of pipe noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a tube through which liquids and gases can flow hot and cold water pipes lead/plastic pipes a leaking gas pipe Copper pipe is sold in lengths. a burst pipe Insulation may reduce the danger of pipes bursting in winter. Topic CollocationsDecorating and Home Improvementhouses refurbish/renovate a building/a house convert a building/house/room into homes/offices/ apartments/condominiums/condos extend/enlarge a house/building/room/kitchen build an addition (on/to something)/a sunroom/a deck knock down/demolish a house/home/building/wall knock out/down the wall separating two roomsdecorating furnish/paint/repaint a home/house/apartment/room be decorated in bright colors/in a traditional style/with flowers/with paintings paint/plaster the walls/ceiling hang/put up/strip off/remove (the) wallpaper install/replace/remove the bathroom fixtures build/put up shelves lay wooden flooring/timber decking/floor tiles/a carpet/a patio floor put up/hang/take down a picture/painting/poster/curtainhome improvement do carpentry/the plumbing/the wiring (yourself) make home improvements add/install central heating/underfloor heating/insulation install double-glazing/a smoke alarm insulate your house/your home/the walls/the pipes/the tanks/the attic fix/repair a roof/a leak/a pipe/the plumbing/a leaking faucet block/clog (up)/unblock/unclog a pipe/sink/drain make/drill/fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/remove a nail tighten/loosen/remove a screw saw/cut/treat/stain/varnish/paint wood see also drainpipe, exhaust, waste pipe, windpipe
  2. 2[countable] a narrow tube with a bowl at one end, used for smoking tobacco to smoke a pipe He puffed on his pipe. pipe tobacco
  3. 3[countable] a musical instrument in the shape of a tube, played by blowing see also pan pipes
  4. 4[countable] any of the tubes from which sound is produced in an organ
  5. 5pipes [plural] = bagpipes
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pipe