1. [syn: pipe wrench, tube wrench]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pipe \Pipe\, n. [AS. p[imac]pe, probably fr. L. pipare, pipire,
to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. Peep, Pibroch,
1. A wind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes
of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces
musical sounds; as, a shepherd's pipe; the pipe of an
organ. "Tunable as sylvan pipe." --Milton.
Now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe.
2. Any long tube or hollow body of wood, metal, earthenware,
or the like: especially, one used as a conductor of water,
steam, gas, etc.
3. A small bowl with a hollow stem, -- used in smoking
tobacco, and, sometimes, other substances.
4. A passageway for the air in speaking and breathing; the
windpipe, or one of its divisions.
5. The key or sound of the voice. [R.] --Shak.
6. The peeping whistle, call, or note of a bird.
The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds.
7. pl. The bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow.
8. (Mining) An elongated body or vein of ore.
9. A roll formerly used in the English exchequer, otherwise
called the Great Roll, on which were taken down the
accounts of debts to the king; -- so called because put
together like a pipe. --Mozley & W.
10. (Naut.) A boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to
their duties; also, the sound of it.
11. [Cf. F. pipe, fr. pipe a wind instrument, a tube, fr. L.
pipare to chirp. See Etymol. above.] A cask usually
containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the
quantity which it contains.
Pipe fitter, one who fits pipes together, or applies pipes,
as to an engine or a building.
Pipe fitting, a piece, as a coupling, an elbow, a valve,
etc., used for connecting lengths of pipe or as accessory
to a pipe.
Pipe office, an ancient office in the Court of Exchequer,
in which the clerk of the pipe made out leases of crown
lands, accounts of cheriffs, etc. [Eng.]
Pipe tree (Bot.), the lilac and the mock orange; -- so
called because their were formerly used to make pipe
stems; -- called also pipe privet.
Pipe wrench, or Pipe tongs, a jawed tool for gripping a
pipe, in turning or holding it.
To smoke the pipe of peace, to smoke from the same pipe in
token of amity or preparatory to making a treaty of peace,
-- a custom of the American Indians.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: adjustable wrench for gripping and turning a pipe; has two
serrated jaws that are adjusted to grip the pipe [syn:
pipe wrench, tube wrench]