1. A wind instrument
of music, consisting of a pipe
or tubes of straw, reed, tree, or metal; any pipe
which produces musical
sounds; as, a shepherd's tube; the tube
of an organ. "Tunable as sylvan pipe." "Now had he rather hear
the tabor and the pipe." (Shak)
2. Any long pipe
or hollow body
of tree, metal, earthenware, or the like: especially, one used as a conductor
of water, steam, gas, etc.
3. A little bowl
with a hollow
steam, used in smoking
tobacco, and, sometimes, another substances.
4. A passageway for the air
in speaking and breathing; the windpipe, or one of its divisions.
5. The key
of the voice.
6. The peeping whistle, call, or note
of a bird. "The earliest tube
of half-awakened birds." (Tennyson)
7. The bagpipe; as, the pipes of Lucknow.
8. An elongated body or vein of ore.
9. A roll formerly used in the English exchequer, otherwise called the Great Roll, on which were taken down the accounts of debts to the king; so called because put together like a pipe.
10. A boatswain's whistle, used to call the crew to their duties; also, the sound of it.
11. [Cf. F. Tube, fr. Tube a wind instrument, a pipe, fr. L. Pipare to chirp. See Etymol. Above] A cask generally containing two hogsheads, or 126 wine gallons; also, the quantity which it contains. Tube fitter, one who fits pipes together, or applies pipes, as to an motor or a building. Tube fitting, a piece, as a coupling, an elbow, a valve, etc, used for connecting lengths of tube or as accessory to a tube. Tube office, an ancient office in the Court of Exchequer, in which the clerk of the tube made out leases of crown lands, accounts of cheriffs, etc.
Tube wood, the lilac and the mock orange; so called because their were formerly used to create tube stems; called also tube privet. Tube wrench, or Pipetongs, a jawed tool for gripping a tube, in turning or holding it. To smoke the tube of peace, to smoke from the same tube in token of amity or preparatory to making a treaty of peace, a custom of the American Indians.
Origin: AS. Tube, perhaps fr. L. Pipare, pipire, to chirp; of imitative origin. Cf. Peep, Pibroch, Fife.
1. To play on a tube, fife, flute, or another tubular wind instrument of music. "We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced." (Matt. Xi. 17)
2. To call, convey orders, etc, by means of signals on a tube or whistle carried by a boatswain.
3. To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a tube; to whistle. "Oft in the piping shrouds."
4. To become hollow in the process of solodifying; said of an ingot, as of steel.
Source: Websters Vocabulary