Definition of water pipe in US English:

water pipe

noun

  • 1A pipe for conveying water.

    • ‘Their antenna is attached to a water pipe on the roof.’
    • ‘Work to repair a burst water pipe on Great Western Way may have been completed but delays could continue until Thursday morning.’
    • ‘But now etchings which are believed to be the work of one of Britain's leading 20th century artists have been discovered - thanks to a burst water pipe.’
    • ‘Thousands of Western Bay people are being urged to conserve water until the weekend after felled pine trees smashed a main water pipe.’
    • ‘August's education began the day he was born when Papa, holding him, described how to fix a broken water pipe - the one that busted hours after his birth.’
    • ‘He said that water was spraying ‘in all directions’ because a plastic water pipe had been broken.’
    • ‘The water pipe burst around 1am on Tuesday but the Water Supplies Department was not able to start remedial action until about eight hours later, resulting in the traffic snarl.’
    • ‘And while the reporter and photographer were at the site, its lack of security was shown when a group of teenage boys easily slipped through the flimsy plastic fence to switch on a water pipe.’
    • ‘The geyser-like feature, however, was far from a natural phenomenon, but instead the result of a water pipe bursting in spectacular fashion.’
    • ‘In addition, a cheap sensor cannot distinguish between a water pipe, a structural beam and a power cable.’
    • ‘Students starting at the University of Bradford have spoken of their annoyance at having no shower or toilet facilities because of a burst water pipe.’
    • ‘And during a work detail in excruciating heat, he discovered a water pipe from which he lapped a pitiful drop or two without sharing it with a cleric laboring nearby.’
    • ‘An ecologically-acclaimed wetland in the grounds of a school in Taiwan turned out to be the product of a leaking water pipe.’
    • ‘After installation, a water pipe in the street leaked.’
    • ‘While in the process of digging up the sidewalk in front of our restaurant, the crew accidentally ripped out our city water pipe.’
    • ‘Cathy was bent over the broken water pipe, as though she was trying to bend it or stop it up, but it kept rushing out, through her fingers, towards Josie.’
    • ‘The main water pipe for the neighbourhood has frozen.’
    • ‘Jumping from the table with a might that caused the top to crack, he latched onto a water pipe that fed the fire-sprinkler system with his free hand and swung his legs up to brace the roof.’
    • ‘A water pipe explodes in the dorm at the same time Tracy takes over Noel and Elena's apartment in an attempt to paint it, and everyone ends up staying at the loft.’
    • ‘Eli went home an hour early, since a water pipe in his house burst.’
  • 2A pipe for smoking tobacco, cannabis, etc., that draws the smoke through water to cool it.

    • ‘They make their home in a working-class slum on the north side of Basra, just around the corner from a market ringed with sidewalk tea rooms that attract a regular clientele of domino players and smokers of water pipes.’
    • ‘Other nights he stepped outside to smoke his water pipe, and I could see his figure against the moonlit sky.’
    • ‘Each day, shiftless young men gather on the outskirts of Riyadh, smoking water pipes and drinking coffee.’
    • ‘In that room, they were free to relax and had access to magazines, books, a television and a video player and some R-rated movies, along with the use of a water pipe to smoke aromatic tobaccos.’
    • ‘The only thing women do not do is to go to cafes or to have coffee or to smoke water pipes.’
    • ‘The inhaled smoke when drawn through the water is less irritable to the respiratory system, and prolonged use of a water pipe among experienced smokers is quite normal.’
    • ‘Although more and better research is still needed, water pipes available for purchase in head shops, or home made versions of them, may be used to filter the tar and particulate matter that is found in marijuana smoke.’
    • ‘Children, mainly boys, sit on their fathers' laps; men smoke an Arab water pipe, finger worry beads and chat with one another.’
    • ‘Things like sitting on a carpet with a glass of tea in front of you and someone explaining how to smoke this huge water pipe, even asking if you prefer apple taste to coconut taste, all made the visitor feel most welcome.’
    • ‘It is possible that use of water pipes, through which the smoke passes, removes some amount of nicotine.’
    • ‘The shouts of the merchants, banter of bargainers, wail of Arab music, clouds of incense and whiffs of scented smoke from bubbling water pipes all helped to complete the atmosphere.’
    • ‘They spend their days smoking water pipes and drinking coffee at emporiums on the edge of the desert.’