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.

    • ‘With machete in one hand and blowpipe in the other, the chief of the village, Pali Ajung, took me up into the hills to see the forest they fought so hard to keep.’
    • ‘After I'd had my fill of blowpipes, dripping foliage and poisonous frogs I flicked through to an article on peanut farming.’
    • ‘Then, inching the window open a tiny fraction, the rogue captain slipped the end of the blowpipe into the room.’
    • ‘In her belt were two knives, her blowpipe, and a pouch filled with poison darts.’
    • ‘This, I suppose, is the origin of the railway's name: the blowpipe is still used by the asli.’
    • ‘The six ads highlight versions of the action figure outfitted for the Arctic, the jungle and accoutred with a blowpipe, a bow and arrow, a vehicle and a skateboard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bending so low, she was practically crawling; Liton drew out her blowpipe, along with eleven darts, pre-dipped.’
    • ‘They did unanimously approve of the four-foot hand-tooled blowpipe - so much so that the vendor presented me with a well-used bamboo tube of poison darts.’
    • ‘A group of men and women advanced cautiously into the clearing, covering the wounded with their slings, blowpipes, and bows.’
    • ‘It was so close that for a second the memory that surfaced in Cryel's mind, of a dark figure with a blowpipe raised, was so real that he found himself reaching for his bow, loosening it in the quiver.’
    • ‘A small blowpipe was clutched tightly in its hand, a slender wooden tube carved around with a coiled snake, its fangs curved around the departure hole of the darts.’
    • ‘Licking his lips in anticipation, Epsilon drew a tiny blowpipe from his belt and loaded it with a silvery needle.’
    • ‘I presumed this was a bird, but the asli could have had their blowpipes targeted on my butt all the way.’
    • ‘Lashed to the end of the blowpipe is a sharp bayonet with which they administer the coup de grace once the pig is cornered.’
    • ‘Izzie preferred poison darts, shot through a blowpipe which hung constantly around her neck like a treasured piece of jewellery.’
    • ‘The new laws will also forbid drunks from loitering around liquor stores, carrying baseball bats and fooling around with crossbows, slingshots, blowpipes and airguns.’
    • ‘Darters are capable of making blowpipes and shooting excrement-coated darts at their victims.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An early version of Darts called Puff and Dart, used a blowpipe to fire a dart at the target.’
    • ‘Amad Dy opened his mouth to speak, hand's upraised but it was another tiny movement that caught Cryel's fixed gaze distracting him, for just behind the King a stealthy figure was raising a blowpipe to its lips.’
    • ‘A few unsuccessful attempts later, I tried my hand at a seemingly simpler task - shooting a Penan blowpipe.’
    • ‘Arms tired from waving, she set off into the dark forest, weighed down by her rucksack and ready for anything with deerskin clothes on and her blowpipe loaded.’
  • 2A long tube by means of which molten glass is blown into the required shape.

    • ‘Though everything begins on the blowpipe, a million things can happen before a piece reaches the showroom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her two very large, flesh-colored balloon sculptures initially resemble pinkish bubbles that have emerged from their blowpipe in contiguous clumps.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 A tube used to intensify the heat of a flame by blowing air or other gas through it at high pressure.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They did their soldering over a charcoal fire using a blowpipe to intensify the production of heat.’