- 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[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[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[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to speak or sing in a high voice or with a high sound Outside a robin piped.
- 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. 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
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//