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

  • n. A system of pipes, such as those used in plumbing.
  • n. Music The act of playing on a pipe.
  • n. Music The music produced by a pipe when played.
  • n. A shrill, high-pitched sound.
  • n. A narrow tube of fabric, sometimes enclosing a cord, used for trimming seams and edges, as of slipcovers.
  • n. A tubular ribbon of icing on a pastry.
  • adj. Music Playing on a pipe.
  • adj. Having a high-pitched sound: the piping voices of children.
  • adj. Tranquil; peaceful: "in this weak piping time of peace” ( Shakespeare).
  • idiom piping hot Very hot: piping hot biscuits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of pipe.
  • n. The process of an animal just beginning to break out of its egg; precedes hatching.
  • n. The sound of musical pipes.
  • n. An act of making music or noise with pipes.
  • n. A system of pipes that compose a structure; pipework.
  • n. An ornamentation on pastry edges and seams.
  • n. An ornamentation on the edges of a garment; a small cord covered with cloth.
  • n. Piped icing on a cake.
  • n. A piece cut off to be set or planted; a cutting.
  • n. propagation by cuttings
  • adj. High-pitched.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Playing on a musical pipe.
  • adj. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.
  • adj. Emitting a high, shrill sound.
  • adj. Simmering; boiling; sizzling; hissing; -- from the sound of boiling fluids.
  • n. A small cord covered with cloth, -- used as trimming for women's dresses.
  • n. Pipes, collectively.
  • n. The act of playing on a pipe; the shrill noted of birds, etc.
  • n. A piece cut off to be set or planted; a cutting; also, propagation by cuttings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Playing on a pipe.
  • Having a shrill, whistling sound.
  • In zoology, having or habitually uttering a shrill, whistling cry: said especially of birds.
  • Accompanied by the music of the peaceful pipe, rather than that of the martial trump or fife.
  • Simmering; boiling.
  • The noise made by bees preparatory to swarming.
  • n. The act of one who pipes.
  • n. The sound of playing on a pipe or as on a pipe; the music of pipes.
  • n. Weeping; crying.
  • n. A system of pipes; pipes, as for gas, water, oil, etc., collectively.
  • n. Fluting.
  • n. A kind of covered cord used for trimming dresses, especially along seams.
  • n. In harness, leather guards or shields encompassing a trace-chain.
  • n. A cord-like ornament of icing or frosting on the top of a cake.
  • n. In jewelry, a support, usually of a baser metal, attached behind a surface of precious metal which is too thin to preserve its shape unsupported.
  • n. In horticulture, a mode of propagating herbaceous plants having jointed stems, such as pinks, by taking slips or cuttings consisting of two joints, and planting them in moist sand under glass; also, one of these cuttings.
  • n. A way of dressing the hair by curling it around little pins of wood or baked clay called bilboquets.
  • n. In metallurgy See pipe, 20.

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

  • adv. (used of heat) extremely
  • n. playing a pipe or the bagpipes
  • n. a thin strip of covered cord used to edge hems
  • n. a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.


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  • Extruding dough or frosting through a conical piping bag to which a variety of specialized tips designed to produce specific shapes and patterns may be affixed.

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