|Origin:||pipa, from Vulgar Latin, from Latin pipare 'to make a high sound'|
pipe1 S2 W3 [countable]
a tube through which a liquid or gas flows: ➔ drainpipe
a frozen waste pipe
A pipe had burst in the kitchen and flooded the floor.
; ➔ exhaust pipeat exhaust2 (2), windpipe
a thing used for smoking tobacco, consisting of a small tube with a container shaped like a bowl at one end:
Dad was there, smoking his pipe.
a simple musical instrument like a tube, that you play by blowing ➔ panpipes
one of the metal tubes that air passes through when you play an organ
a hope, idea, plan etc that is impossible or will probably never happen:
In many parts of the country, democratic elections are simply a pipe dream.
used to say that someone must accept what you have just said, even though they do not like it