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Definition of pipe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pipe

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//paɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pipe
    BrE BrE//paɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪp//
     
    he / she / it pipes
    BrE BrE//paɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪps//
     
    past simple piped
    BrE BrE//paɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪpt//
     
    past participle piped
    BrE BrE//paɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪpt//
     
    -ing form piping
    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] pipe something (+ adv./prep.) to send water, gas, oil, etc. through a pipe from one place to another to pipe oil across the desert Water is piped from the reservoir to the city.
  2. 2[transitive] pipe something (+ adv./prep.) [usually passive] to send sounds or signals through a wire or cable from one place to another The speech was piped over a public address system.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] pipe (somebody) to play music on a pipe or the bagpipes, especially to welcome somebody who has arrived Passengers were piped aboard ship at the start of the cruise. a prize for piping and drumming
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to speak or sing in a high voice or with a high sound Outside a robin piped.
  5. 5[transitive] pipe something (on something) to decorate food, especially a cake, with thin lines of icing, etc. by squeezing it out of a special bag or tube The cake had ‘Happy Birthday’ piped on it.
  6. Word Origin Old English pīpe ‘musical tube’, pīpian ‘play a pipe’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch pijp and German Pfeife, based on Latin pipare ‘to peep, chirp’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French piper ‘to chirp, squeak’. Phrasal Verbspipe downpipe up (with something)
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