What does pipe mean?

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  1. Meanings relating to a wind instrument.
    1. (music) A wind instrument consisting of a tube, often lined with holes to allow for adjustment in pitch, sounded by blowing into the tube. [from 10th c.]
    2. (music) A tube used to produce sound in an organ; an organ pipe. [from 14th c.]
    3. The key or sound of the voice. [from 16th c.]
    4. A high-pitched sound, especially of a bird. [from 18th c.]
  2. Meanings relating to a hollow conduit.
    1. A rigid tube that transports water, steam, or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications. [from 10th c.]
    2. A tubular passageway in the human body such as a blood vessel or the windpipe. [from 14th c.]
  3. Meanings relating to a container.
    1. A large container for storing liquids or foodstuffs; now especially a vat or cask of wine or cider. [from 14th c.]
    2. The contents of such a vessel, as a liquid measure, sometimes set at 126 wine gallons; half a tun. [from 14th c.]
  4. Meanings relating to something resembling a tube.
    1. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color. [from 15th c.]
    2. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni.
    3. (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia. [from 19th c.]
    4. (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
    5. (mining) An elongated or irregular body or vein of ore. [from 17th c.]
    6. (Australia, colloquial, now historical) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libellous, written on a piece of paper which was rolled up and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies. [from 19th c.]
  5. Meanings relating to a smoking implement.
    1. (smoking) A hollow stem with a bowl at one end used for smoking, especially a tobacco pipe but also including various other forms such as a water pipe. [from 16th c.]
    2. The use of such a pipe for smoking tobacco.
    3. (Canada) The distance travelled between two rest periods during which one could smoke a pipe. [from 18th c.]
  6. Meanings relating to computing.
    1. (computing) The character |. [from 20th c.]
    2. (computing) A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input. [from 20th c.]
    3. (computing) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access. [from 20th c.]
  1. (intransitive) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe or a flute.
  2. (intransitive) To shout loudly and at high pitch.
  3. (intransitive) To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
  4. (intransitive, metallurgy) Of a metal ingot: to become hollow in the process of solidifying.
  5. (transitive) To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
  6. (transitive) To install or configure with pipes.
  7. (transitive, figuratively) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
  8. (transitive, cooking) To decorate with piping (icing).
  9. (transitive, cooking) To create using piping (icing).
  10. (transitive) To dab away moisture from.
  11. (computing) To directly feed (the output of one program) as input to another program, indicated by the pipe character (|) at the command line.
  12. (transitive, nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a boatswain's pipe.
  13. (transitive, slang, dated) To see.
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