pipe-n; 9 Senses

Sense Number 1: a device for smoking tobacco or other substances

Commentary: PIPE[+device][+smoking][+tobacco/+hashish/+opium]

He tamped the tobacco into the bowl of the pipe before lighting it.
The children played with colored pipe cleaners.
The woman offered an opium pipe to the visitor.
Mary thought John's idea was just a pipe dream. (original meaning: induced by opium smoking)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a conduit through which gases or liquids can pass

Commentary: PIPE[+artifact][+cylindrical][+narrow][+hollow][+conduit][+gas/+liquid]

The process involves sending heated gas through an elaborate series of glass pipes.
The plumber used his pipe cutter to remove the damaged piece of plumbing.
We could hear the steam pipes whistling through the walls.
The beach was closed yesterday due to a break in the town's main sewage pipe.
The man joked about the clogged pipes to his heart. (figurative extension)
The car was blown up by a pipe bomb. (explosives stuffed in a length of metal pipe)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: structures having a cylindrical, narrow shape or form

Commentary: PIPE[+structure][+cylindrical][+narrow]

They discovered a large pipe of diamond ore in the old mine. (like a seam of ore)
The geologist pointed out the pipe of an extinct volcano.
The skate boarders performed acrobatic jumps on a half pipe. (u-shaped, high-sided ramp)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a small single-handed flute

Commentary: PIPE[+instrument][+musical][+wind][+simple][+flute]
NOTE: implies there is only one pipe in the structure of the instrument.

The musician played his flute with the left hand while beating a tabor with the right.
The single notes of the melody floated one after another from Mary's fipple pipe.
The choir director gave the singers their first note with his pitch pipe.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 5: one of a series of wind tubes in a complex musical instrument

Commentary: PIPE[+instrument][+musical][+complex][+organ/+bagpipe]
NOTE: implies the instrument has more than one pipe in its structure (unlike Sense 4)

The villagers heard the pipes across the valley, calling them to battle. (bagpipes)
We admired the giant gleaming pipes of the church's organ.
Which pipe is the drone pipe on a bagpipe?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 4

Sense Number 6: network computer connections

Commentary: PIPE[+artifact][-hollow][+connector][+electronic][+network][+computer]

Although many businesses now have high-powered pipes to the Internet, many homes are stilling using dial-up.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 7: computer operation that transfers output data from one program as input to another

Commentary: PIPE[+activity][+operation][+transfer][+data][+output_input][+computer]

Bob loaded a patch onto the Unix operating system to fix the problem with broken pipes. (buggy operations)
The data can be easily formatted by using several pipes between simple utility programs.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 8: a large cask usually containing wine or oil

Commentary: PIPE[+device][+storage][+cask][+wine/+oil]

The farmers poured their just-pressed virgin olive oil into oak pipes.
The ship had many pipes of wine and oil stored below deck.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4a

Sense Number 9: a unit of measure equal to two hogsheads

Commentary: PIPE[+quantity][+unit][+measure][+hogshead][+two]

He sold ten pipes of wine at the village market.
They loaded half a pipe of oil onto the cart.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4b