pipe·​line | \ ˈpīp-ˌlīn How to pronounce pipeline (audio) \

Definition of pipeline

1a : a line of pipe with pumps, valves, and control devices for conveying liquids, gases, or finely divided solids
2 : a direct channel for information
3 : a process or channel of supply an arms pipeline
4 : a state of development, preparation, or production several projects in the pipeline also : the system for such processes a strong product pipeline
5 : a course of individual advancement or development especially to fill organizational needs

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Examples of pipeline in a Sentence

an equipment hauler serves as the columnist's pipeline for gossip about the rock band the battle was ultimately lost because the enemy had destroyed our pipeline for resupply
Recent Examples on the Web Founded in 2010, Dermira has a drug in the pipeline to treat moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Eli Lilly and Company pays $1.1B for company that has drug to treat eczema in pipeline," 10 Jan. 2020 With an upcoming stadium tour, a new album, and many other projects in the pipeline, 2020 is certainly going to be a huge year for him. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Reveals He Was Recently Diagnosed with Lyme Disease," 8 Jan. 2020 More than 90% of antibiotics in the pipeline today are being developed by small companies like these, not by the pharmaceutical giants that once dominated the field. Allan Coukell, STAT, "Antibiotics need a special place in the drug pricing debate," 7 Jan. 2020 But how much remains in the pipeline is harder to gauge. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Signs point to a housing construction slowdown in Boston area," 5 Jan. 2020 Permafrost throwing is already endangering buildings, pipelines and other infrastructure in affected regions, The Moscow Times reported. NBC News, "Fake snow brought to Moscow during warmest December since 1886," 31 Dec. 2019 Investigators believe that all of the men are possibly part of a bigger drug pipeline and cartel organizations in Mexico. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "4 with possible ties to Mexican cartels arrested in Alabama, South Carolina joint drug probe," 27 Nov. 2019 The outlet says pipelines and below-par cylinders routinely are the cause of accidents in Bangladesh due to poor monitoring. Fox News, "At least seven killed in Bangladesh gas explosion," 19 Nov. 2019 Another is to optimize new compounds through the drug discovery pipeline and deliver candidate compounds that can be researched further in clinical studies. Richard Gordon, Quartz Africa, "As resistance to anti-malarial drugs spreads, these scientists are racing to stem the tide," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pipeline

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of pipeline was in 1856

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18 Jan 2020

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“Pipeline.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipeline. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pipeline

: a line of connected pipes that are used for carrying liquids and gases over a long distance
: the system for developing and producing something


pipe·​line | \ ˈpīp-ˌlīn How to pronounce pipeline (audio) \

Kids Definition of pipeline

: a line of connected pipes with pumps and control devices for carrying liquids or gases over a long distance

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