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pitch pipe

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



(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
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pitch′ pipe`

a small flute or reed pipe producing one or more pitches when blown into.
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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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