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a. A hollow cylinder or tube used to conduct a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid.
b. A section or piece of such a tube.
a. A device for smoking, consisting of a tube of wood, clay, or other material with a small bowl at one end.
b. An amount of smoking material, such as tobacco, needed to fill the bowl of a pipe; a pipeful.
3. Informal
a. A tubular part or organ of the body.
b. pipes The passages of the human respiratory system.
4. Abbr. p.
a. A large wine cask, especially one having a capacity of 126 gallons or 2 hogsheads (478 liters).
b. This volume as a unit of liquid measure.
5. Music
a. A tubular wind instrument, such as a flute.
b. Any of the tubes in an organ.
c. pipes A small wind instrument, consisting of tubes of different lengths bound together.
d. pipes A bagpipe.
6. pipes Informal The vocal cords; the voice, especially as used in singing.
7. A birdcall.
8. Nautical A whistle used for signaling crew members: a boatswain's pipe.
9. Geology
a. A vertical cylindrical vein of ore.
b. One of the vertical veins of eruptive origin in which diamonds are found in South Africa.
10. Geology An eruptive passageway opening into the crater of a volcano.
11. Metallurgy A cone-shaped cavity in a steel ingot, formed during cooling by escaping gases.
v. piped, pip·ing, pipes
a. To convey (liquid or gas) by means of pipes.
b. To convey as if by pipes, especially to transmit by wire or cable: piped music into the store.
2. To provide with pipes or connect with pipes.
a. To play (a tune) on a pipe or pipes.
b. To lead by playing on pipes.
4. Nautical
a. To signal (crew members) with a boatswain's pipe.
b. To receive aboard or mark the departure of by sounding a boatswain's pipe.
5. To utter in a shrill reedy tone.
6. To furnish (a garment or fabric) with piping.
7. To force through a pastry tube, as frosting onto a cake.
8. Slang To take a look at; notice.
1. To play on a pipe.
2. To speak shrilly; make a shrill sound.
3. To chirp or whistle, as a bird does.
4. Nautical To signal the crew with a boatswain's pipe.
5. Metallurgy To develop conical cavities during solidification.
Phrasal Verbs:
pipe down Slang
To stop talking; be quiet.
pipe up
To speak up.

[Middle English, from Old English pīpe, from Vulgar Latin *pīpa, from Latin pīpāre, to chirp.]

pipe down

(intr, adverb) informal to stop talking, making noise, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pipe down - become quiet or quieter; "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"
silence, still, hush, hush up, quieten, shut up - cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!"
change intensity - increase or decrease in intensity

w>pipe down

vi (inf) (= be less noisy)die Luft anhalten (inf), → ruhig sein; (= become less confident)(ganz) klein werden (inf)
References in classic literature ?
I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and indeed was nodding myself, when he suddenly sprang out of his chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put his pipe down upon the mantelpiece.
I had opened the morning paper and was immersed in a sensational crime which had occurred in London the night before, when my friend gave an exclamation, sprang to his feet, and laid his pipe down upon the mantelpiece.
We have had enough of soapbox politicians so pipe down Dee, for all our sakes S Rushton, Acocks Green .
But that said, Kosovo-born Rita is taking her role seriously and has even told audience members to pipe down.
The employee was working with a forklift operator to unload and transport the new pipe down a sloping dirt road.
In the next 12 months, I'm going to pipe down, swallow my pride, go into an adjacent room and count to 10, even take a short sharp shower - anything other than launch, all guns blazing, into yet another pointless row.
This type of construction work is typically done by opening up the land and laying the pipe down inside.
A very heavy pipe can be effortlessly aligned with a pipe laser when it is suspended by a cable before it is set, as opposed to setting the full weight of the pipe down, then shifting it manually.
As Blessed has a voice that could wake the dead, you half expect them to demand that he pipe down because he's ruining their sleep.
Dessie Hughes notched his 50th success of the season in Ireland when longabsent Swiftmarc, ridden by Roger Loughran, captured the handicap chase after which Niall Slippers Madden was removed to hospital with a suspected broken leg after a fall from Pipe Down.
However, Marsh posing with a perfectly manicured finger pressed across her pouting lips, wrote that silly little boys need to pipe down and stop telling lies.
Pipe Down Niall Madden 5th, 2m4f maiden hurdle, Punchestown, November 16 With a 16-1 shot and a 100-1 shot filling the first two places in this maiden hurdle and with the favourite unseating his rider, it is natural to question what sort of race it was.