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nipple down

1. vb. []

To take apart, disassemble and otherwise prepare to move the rig or blowout preventers.

See: blowout preventerrig

2. n. []

The process of disassembling well-control or pressure-control equipment on the wellhead. Depending on the configuration of the wellhead and casing strings, it may be necessary to nipple-down and nipple-up the blowout preventer (BOP) system as each casing string is run.

Antonyms: nipple upnipple-up

See: blowout preventercasing string