pitch pipe

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pitch pipe

n.
A small pipe that, when sounded, gives the initial pitch for a piece of music or the standard pitch for tuning an instrument.

pitch pipe

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pitchpipe

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(Instruments) a small pipe, esp one having a reed like a harmonica, that sounds a note or notes of standard frequency. It is used for establishing the correct starting note for unaccompanied singing

pitch′ pipe`


n.
a small flute or reed pipe producing one or more pitches when blown into.
[1705–15]
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Noun1.pitch pipe - a small pipe sounding a tone of standard frequency; used to establish the starting pitch for unaccompanied singing
pipe - a tubular wind instrument
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They consisted of two shirts and a half; two stocks for the neck; a pair or two of worsted stockings; an old pair of corduroy small- clothes; a rusty razor; a book of psalm tunes full of dog's-ears; and a broken pitch-pipe.
Now services are unaccompanied using a pitch-pipe to give the note.
They also presented me with an a capella pitch-pipe and a very good bottle of champagne, which was very nice indeed.