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fire standpipe

[¦fīr ′stan‚pīp]
(civil engineering)
A high, vertical pipe or tank that holds water to assure a positive, relatively uniform pressure, particularly to provide fire protection to upper floors of tall buildings.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

standpipe

standpipe connection
A pipe or tank used for the storage of water, esp. for emergency use.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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