from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pipe for carrying off water or sewage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pipe connecting the drain to the gutter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pipe used for carrying off surplus water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pipe used in draining.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pipe through which liquid is carried away


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  • Ideally, the drainpipe is sloped or inclined approximately 2% or ¼ inch per foot of length, to keep the waste in the pipe, wet and amid liquid to lubricate and promote its slow but constant movement along the length of the pipe.

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  • Vital Signs - If there is one thing guaranteed to set a Lemmings teeth on edge it's white guys with dreadlocks, no I really mean 'drainpipe' reggae (i.e. no flair).

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  • She flushed the toilet, and we all three stood there crowded into the little bathroom and watched the water swirl and kerplunk down the drainpipe and gurgle as the bowl and tank refilled themselves.

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  • It was always too dark, or windy, it was too late to call or she would have grown blooms enough to rasp against the drainpipe, she could have frilled the sills with fringe.

    Painted Garden

  • I snuck back to the house, climbing the back shed drainpipe and dropping to the floor of my bedroom, before stripping the leotard off and burying it deep in my laundry basket.

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  • The courtyard was only twenty square yards, but there was a drainpipe where the fence met the wall.

    Henry’s Demons

  • Once I climbed up a drainpipe and along a gutter to avoid a fence around the ward and escaped into the bushes.

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  • Sentenced to a merciless work detail in the subterranean drainpipe after one of Munsey's stool pigeons is killed in a machine-shop accident, Collins determines to hatch a breakout plan with his cellmates.

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  • Gaddafi was being pulled from a drainpipe just before Nasr fell.

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  • If it's mileage you're after, discount services such as BoltBus and Megabus offer $29 round-trip fares to cities like Baltimore on motorcoaches equipped with free Wi-Fi and bathrooms the width of a drainpipe.

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