from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large vertical pipe into which water is pumped in order to produce a desired pressure.
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- n. A vertical pipe into which water is pumped so that a desired pressure is available at the bottom.
- n. The water supply of a building for the use of firefighters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vertical pipe, open at the top, between a hydrant and a reservoir, to equalize the flow of water; also, a large vertical pipe, near a pumping engine, into which water is forced up, so as to give it sufficient head to rise to the required level at a distance.
- n. A supply pipe of sufficient elevation to enable the water to flow into the boiler, notwithstanding the pressure of the steam.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vertical pipe erected at a well or reservoir, into which water is forced by mechanical means in order to obtain a head-pressure sufficient to convey it to a distance.
- n. A small pipe inserted into an opening in a water-main.
- n. An upright gas-pipe connecting the retort and the hydraulic main.
- n. In a steam-engine, a boiler supply-pipe elevated enough to cause water to flow into the boiler in spite of the pressure of steam.
- n. A pipe on the eduction-pipe of a steam-pump to absorb the concussions due to the pulsation and irregularities caused by the necessary use of bends and changes in the direction of pipes.
- n. An upright pipe, open at the top, used in connection with a hot-water heating system to allow room for the expansion of the water when heated; an expansion-pipe.
- n. A portable pipe used to afford a high head of water at fires.
- n. A fixed vertical pipe for furnishing water to the upper part of a high building in case of fire. The stand-pipe may be connected to a high-pressure water-main or may be dependent on a hose from a fire-engine for its supply.
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- n. a vertical pipe
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