pipe·​line ˈpīp-ˌlīn How to pronounce pipeline (audio)
: a line of pipe with pumps, valves, and control devices for conveying liquids, gases, or finely divided solids
: a direct channel for information
: a process or channel of supply
an arms pipeline
: a state of development, preparation, or production
several projects in the pipeline
also : the system for such processes
a strong product pipeline
: a course of individual advancement or development especially to fill organizational needs

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pipeline was in 1856

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“Pipeline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipeline. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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pipe·​line ˈpī-ˌplīn How to pronounce pipeline (audio)
: a line of pipe with pumps, valves, and control devices for carrying liquids, gases, or finely divided solids
: a direct channel for information or supplies

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