Definition of blowpipe in English:

blowpipe

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Pronunciation: /ˈbləʊpʌɪp
 
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noun

  • 1A primitive weapon consisting of a long tube through which an arrow or dart is propelled by force of the breath.
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    • An early version of Darts called Puff and Dart, used a blowpipe to fire a dart at the target.
    • The dart from a blowpipe could strike there, but very few pipers could drive a dart hard enough to penetrate through the flesh into the brain.
    • The new laws will also forbid drunks from loitering around liquor stores, carrying baseball bats and fooling around with crossbows, slingshots, blowpipes and airguns.
  • 2A long tube by means of which molten glass is blown into the required shape.
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    • To accomplish this the bottom half of an object still attached to the blowpipe is dipped into molten glass and then pressed into a bronze mold to create a thick ribbed pattern.
    • When all is ready, he gathers clear hot glass on his blowpipe and then carefully rolls the 20-to 25-pound gather of hot glass into a cylinder.
    • Her two very large, flesh-colored balloon sculptures initially resemble pinkish bubbles that have emerged from their blowpipe in contiguous clumps.
  • 2.1A tube used to intensify the heat of a flame by blowing air or other gas through it at high pressure.
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    • Local heating by blowpipe or torch is not recommended, but when this is necessary precautions must be taken to avoid local overheating.
    • ‘We soon discovered iron-smelting debris - fragments of charcoal, slag raw iron and broken blowpipes on the floor of the furnace,’ says Mason.
    • It was here that he invented the oxy-hydrogen blowpipe, a system for burning a jet of oxygen and hydrogen to produce an intensely hot flame.

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