Definition of blowpipe in English:



  • 1A primitive weapon consisting of a long tube through which an arrow or dart is propelled by force of the breath.

    • ‘Lashed to the end of the blowpipe is a sharp bayonet with which they administer the coup de grace once the pig is cornered.’
    • ‘Yes, Puff and Dart, I think it was an early version of darts in which they blew the dart, like a blowpipe, at the target, which I think wasn't like a dartboard of today but just more like an archery target with lots of concentric things.’
    • ‘After I'd had my fill of blowpipes, dripping foliage and poisonous frogs I flicked through to an article on peanut farming.’
    • ‘Bending so low, she was practically crawling; Liton drew out her blowpipe, along with eleven darts, pre-dipped.’
    • ‘A few unsuccessful attempts later, I tried my hand at a seemingly simpler task - shooting a Penan blowpipe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I presumed this was a bird, but the asli could have had their blowpipes targeted on my butt all the way.’
    • ‘An uninvited face peered around a slatternly bookshelf like a panchromatic pigmy sizing up her potential victim from behind a company of charitable trees with a telephoto blowpipe.’
    • ‘This, I suppose, is the origin of the railway's name: the blowpipe is still used by the asli.’
    • ‘An early version of Darts called Puff and Dart, used a blowpipe to fire a dart at the target.’
    • ‘Darters are capable of making blowpipes and shooting excrement-coated darts at their victims.’
    • ‘A group of men and women advanced cautiously into the clearing, covering the wounded with their slings, blowpipes, and bows.’
    • ‘The new laws will also forbid drunks from loitering around liquor stores, carrying baseball bats and fooling around with crossbows, slingshots, blowpipes and airguns.’
    • ‘Izzie preferred poison darts, shot through a blowpipe which hung constantly around her neck like a treasured piece of jewellery.’
  • 2A long tube by means of which molten glass is blown into the required shape.

    • ‘The artist stands atop a raised platform and bends over the edge with his blowpipe held vertically as he forms the bulbous body in a teardrop fashion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though everything begins on the blowpipe, a million things can happen before a piece reaches the showroom.’
    • ‘Her two very large, flesh-colored balloon sculptures initially resemble pinkish bubbles that have emerged from their blowpipe in contiguous clumps.’
    1. 2.1 A tube used to intensify the heat of a flame by blowing air or other gas through it at high pressure.
      • ‘Local heating by blowpipe or torch is not recommended, but when this is necessary precautions must be taken to avoid local overheating.’
      • ‘They did their soldering over a charcoal fire using a blowpipe to intensify the production of heat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We soon discovered iron-smelting debris - fragments of charcoal, slag raw iron and broken blowpipes on the floor of the furnace,’ says Mason.’
      • ‘Before the advent of propane torches, acetylene, or gasoline blowtorches, jewelers used an alcohol flame and a small blowpipe to direct and intensify the heat where they needed it.’