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pipe
American English: /paɪp/
British English: /pʌɪp/

Translation of pipe in Spanish:

noun

  • 3 3.1 (wind instrument) the pipes of Pan
    la flauta de Pan
    3.2 (of organ)
    Example sentences
    • On the earlier organs, the pipes for each note stood directly in front of its key on the keyboard.
    • The enormous burnished pipes of the organ, lit from below, rose like architecture behind the musicians.
    • It was resounding like an organ pipe, strongly enough to rattle windows.
    3.3
    also: pipes plural
    to play the pipes
    tocar la gaita
    3.4 (boatswain's whistle)
    Example sentences
    • Shrill trilling vocalizations are thought to be similar to the sound of a boatswain's pipe.
    • The boatswain's pipe is the 'modern day' descendant of the flutes used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans to convey orders to the oarsmen and galley slaves.
    • The shrill of the pipe draws the attention.
  • 4 (symbol)
    pleca (feminine)
    línea (feminine) vertical

transitive verb

  • 1 (transport by pipe) (+ adverb complement)
    (water/gas/oil)
    llevar (por tuberías, gasoducto, oleoducto)
    Example sentences
    • The suggested quarry site falls short on both counts, as the available water is full of fine rock particles and piping the water would be an expensive operation.
    • I used to cut softwood from shelterbelts on prairie farms but when natural gas was piped out to all farms in the area the demand disappeared.
    • Fresh water was piped in from the lake behind the settlement and could be tapped into with relative ease, giving Mac the unlimited fresh water that had always been his dream.
  • 2 (play) they were piped in to dinner
    entraron al comedor al son de una gaita
    the captain was piped aboard
    tocaron el silbato cuando el capitán subió a bordo
  • 3 3.1 (Cookery)
    (cake)
    decorar (con manga de repostería)
    pipe the cream onto the cake
    decorar el pastel con la crema usando una manga de repostería
    3.2 (Clothing) (usually passive) a red dress piped with white
    un vestido rojo ribeteado en blanco
    Example sentences
    • I saw a cute little waistcoat in a Burda magazine, done in gingham fabric, piped all around the edges, and on the back was a placket done up with ties.
    • Cover a school notebook with a sturdy denim cover piped with orange trim.
    • This bag sports piped seams and hardware of nickel-plated solid brass for long life and good looks.
    Example sentences
    • Arrange the pasta squares on a flat work surface and pipe the ricotta filling across the bottom half of the squares.
    • Lay the four crêpes on a surface and pipe the maple pastry cream into the center of each.
    • Place three fishcakes on each plate and pipe a line of mayo down each side.

Phrasal verbs

pipe down

verb + adverb
[colloquial] (usually in imperative)
callarse la boca [colloquial]
pipe down!
¡cállate la boca! [colloquial]
¡cierra el pico! [colloquial]

pipe up

verb + adverb
[colloquial]her friend piped up and said she knew too
su amiga saltó con que ella también lo sabía [colloquial]
he always pipes up with some stupid comment

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