American English

Definition of pipe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pipe
    he / she / it pipes
    past simple piped
    -ing form piping
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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 someone 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. Phrasal Verbspipe downpipe up (with something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pipe