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

  • n. A narrow, usually calibrated glass tube into which small amounts of liquid are suctioned for transfer or measurement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To transfer or measure the volume of a liquid using a pipette.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small glass tube, often with an enlargement or bulb in the middle, and usually graduated, -- used for transferring or delivering measured quantities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take up or transfer by means of a pipette.
  • n. In porcelain-making, a small can arranged to hold slip, and to allow it to flow through a pipe at one end. Pipettes are sometimes fitted with adjustable pipes of different diameters. See slip-decoration.
  • n. A small tube used to withdraw and transfer fluids or gases from one vessel to another.
  • n. A funnel-shaped attachment, with the small end downward, midway in a barometer, to act as a trap to prevent air-bubbles from rising to the top.

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

  • n. measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube used to measure or transfer precise volumes of a liquid by drawing the liquid up into the tube


French, from Old French, tube, diminutive of pipe, pipe, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa; see pipe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pipette, from pipe + -ette. (Wiktionary)



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