Definition of drainpipe in English:



  • 1A pipe for carrying off rainwater or liquid refuse from a building.

    • ‘Set the new floor bolts in plumber's putty and insert them through the flange, adjusting the bolts so they line up with the center of the drainpipe.’
    • ‘The drainpipe's opening was 60 centimeters wide.’
    • ‘Quickly scaling up another two floors, Alanis took her hands off the drainpipe, reached up and grasped the gutter above her head, then flipped herself onto the roof.’
    • ‘When the drainpipe terminates outside the building it can be installed in a fully visible location, such as at the front porch or along a common walkway.’
    • ‘A suspended ceiling in the town's social welfare office collapsed after water burst from a drainpipe on the roof of the building.’
    • ‘The valve should allow a burst of hot water into the drainpipe.’
    • ‘Kim carried on down the drainpipe and when she reached the end of the guttering, she glanced around to see if there was anyone in the surrounding streets.’
    • ‘The second method is a little more practical - our main concern is that people will climb up our drainpipe to the balcony (we live on the street side of the building).’
    • ‘If the air is dirty, there must be a missing scrubber on a smokestack or a drainpipe that needs a filter.’
    • ‘Is there a drainpipe that diverts water from the base of the wall to the street?’
    • ‘Okay, I understand her parents getting mad when she shimmies down the drainpipe from her second-story room on weekends to go party with friends, but one B + is nothing.’
    • ‘Excess water drains out the bottom pot into a pan of gravel that sits on top of a drainpipe to take the excess solution to the landscape cistern as described earlier.’
    • ‘The rat had entered the under-sink cabinet from below, through the open space around the drainpipe, and had been feasting on our garbage.’
    • ‘Tracy pointed at a drainpipe leading down the side.’
    • ‘Cut another piece of drainpipe that fits between the elbow on the wall and 1 foot above the ground.’
    • ‘The noise you hear is toilet effluent running down the drainpipe inside the wall.’
    • ‘This third type, called controlled drainage, allows the grower to set the drainage outlet at any level between the ground surface and the drainpipe.’
    • ‘If you are putting a new drainpipe on the side of your wall, and the drainpipe covers the street sign that is on the side of the wall, what do you do?’
    • ‘This allows you to drive the snake deeply into the drainpipe.’
    • ‘In a recent column, you stated that the drainpipe for a water heater must terminate at the exterior of a building, even when the water heater is installed in a garage.’
    1. 1.1drainpipes" or "drainpipe trousers Trousers with very narrow legs.
      • ‘We are all more or less in agreement that the last ten years or so of the bootleg cut or flared shapes tend to be more flattering than the drainpipes or baggy clown trousers nipped in at the ankle that we all sported 20 years ago.’
      • ‘I was still in grey flannel shorts, and I'd see all these wonderful-looking women and all these guys with sunglasses and drainpipe trousers.’
      • ‘Drainpipe trousers (as they were then called) were also extremely popular in the punk movement of the late 1970s, worn by many bands and scene leaders.’
      • ‘They were the years of drainpipe trousers, the birth of rock 'n' roll, and TV in good old black and white - and the over-50s wish the fabulous 1950s were still here.’
      • ‘This was in the mid-seventies when the sight of brothel creepers, fluorescent socks, drape coats and drainpipe trousers was as outrageous as seeing a man ride down the street on a penny farthing.’
      • ‘The menswear company has moved away from its association with pastel golfing jumpers and football hooligans and has, instead, branched out into baggy tracksuits and drainpipe trousers.’
      • ‘One was tall and very thin, wearing black drainpipe trousers that accentuated his figure.’
      • ‘It could be that your drainpipe trousers weren't quite narrow enough, you didn't have the current cool brand of shoes or you hadn't bought the last big thing pop record.’
      • ‘In east London youths dressed in drainpipe trousers and slicked back their hair.’
      • ‘I was the lead singer and used to wear tight red drainpipe trousers and thin ties.’
      • ‘Reason to love it number one is: nothing about it is embarrassing, not even his outfits (think black leather waistcoat, striped drainpipe trousers and black ear studs), never mind the celebrity quotient.’
      • ‘I have on a pair of very tight drainpipe trousers, shirt and skinny tie, and a jacket whose thin lapels are partly hidden by a row of tiny badges featuring the names of punk bands.’