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1. A metal tube in which a flow of gas is mixed with a controlled flow of air to concentrate the heat of a flame, used especially in the identification of minerals.
2. See blowgun.
3. A long, narrow iron pipe used to gather, work, and blow molten glass.
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1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a long tube from which pellets, poisoned darts, etc, are shot by blowing. US word: blowgun
2. (Chemistry) Also called: blow tube a tube for blowing air or oxygen into a flame to intensify its heat and direct it onto a small area
3. (Ceramics) a long narrow iron pipe used to gather molten glass and blow it into shape
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1. a tube through which a stream of air or gas is forced into a flame to concentrate and increase its heating action.
2. a long metal pipe used to gather and blow molten glass in making hollowware.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blowpipe - a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat
tube, tubing - conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
2.blowpipe - a tube through which darts can be shot by blowingblowpipe - a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
tube, tubing - conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
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[ˈbləʊpaɪp] N (= weapon) → cerbatana f
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[ˈbləʊˌpaɪp] n (weapon) → cerbottana
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(bləu) past tense blew (blu) : past participle blown verb
1. (of a current of air) to be moving. The wind blew more strongly.
2. (of eg wind) to cause (something) to move in a given way. The explosion blew off the lid.
3. to be moved by the wind etc. The door must have blown shut.
4. to drive air (upon or into). Please blow into this tube!
5. to make a sound by means of (a musical instrument etc). He blew the horn loudly.
ˈblowhole noun
a breathing-hole (through the ice for seals etc) or a nostril (especially on the head of a whale etc).
ˈblow-lamp, ˈblow-torch noun
a lamp for aiming a very hot flame at a particular spot. The painter burned off the old paint with a blow-lamp.
ˈblowout noun
1. the bursting of a car tyre. That's the second blowout I've had with this car.
2. (on eg an oil rig) a violent escape of gas etc.
ˈblowpipe noun
a tube from which a dart (often poisonous) is blown.
blow one's top
to become very angry. She blew her top when he arrived home late.
blow out
to extinguish or put out (a flame etc) by blowing. The wind blew out the candle; The child blew out the match.
blow over
to pass and become forgotten. The trouble will soon blow over.
blow up
1. to break into pieces, or be broken into pieces, by an explosion. The bridge blew up / was blown up.
2. to fill with air or a gas. He blew up the balloon.
3. to lose one's temper. If he says that again I'll blow up.
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References in classic literature ?
In its hardness and translucency -- in its polish, equal to that of the finest oliva-shell -- in the bad smell given out, and loss of colour under the blowpipe -- it shows a close similarity with living sea-shells.
Between 2017 and 2018, the number of "other" offensive weapons seized by the Border Force - such as blowpipes, knuckle dusters, truncheons and batons - also more than doubled from 3,735 to 7,548.
As well as recreating the type of pit furnace found at Pyrgos, the team will also be using replicas of blowpipes, which use the same type of ceramic nozzles that were discovered during the excavations at the site.
They venture into the Amazon Jungle, where the Waorani hunt monkeys and wild pigs using blowpipes and sharpened sticks, and try to trap an anaconda, an animal of great spiritual significance.
She also once wore a camera on her head as she clambered through the rainforest of Borneo with semi-nomadic hunters armed with blowpipes.
He added: "Rab and Paul went out to hunt for turkey with blowpipes and were told they were really good at it."
It is sad to think they no longer live off the forest but rely on tourists to buy their blowpipes, bangles and keyrings for no more than a couple of pounds.
Levy found thousands of tons of slag, a by-product of smelting ore, and different types of blowpipes in Jordan.