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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

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

  • n. a vertical pipe


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  • His attorney, Susan Hoffinger , told State Supreme Court Judge Rena Uviller , that the cutting of the standpipe was "accidental" and was a "red herring."

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  • Mr. DePaola's attorney said his client was a union worker hired to be an abatement supervisor who was fired three months before the fire broke out – but not before being rewarded for managing the clean up of the tower's building where the breach in the standpipe was located.

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  • The attorneys also directly addressed allegations made by prosecutors that the men acted recklessly by removing a critical standpipe that would have allowed the firefighters to get water onto the fire before it raged out of control.

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  • Prosecutors argued that the men acted recklessly by removing the standpipe, which would have allowed the firefighters to get water onto the fire before it raged out of control.

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  • "If the dry weather continues during spring, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned the drought could spread.

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