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

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At the time, Novartis portrayed the arrangement as a brief interaction between the Trump attorney and former Novartis chief executive Joe Jimenez as an opportunity to find a pipeline to the new administration. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 Further, as Atlantic columnist David Frum points out, Trump misunderstands the actual American objections to a pipeline between Germany and Russia. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump says “Germany is a captive to Russia.”," 11 July 2018 This school-to-prison pipeline begins with a curriculum that conceals the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 As a way to bolster its most vital industries, Kentucky's Chamber of Commerce announced a pilot program to develop a talent pipeline for jobs in the equine industry, as well as the manufacturing, health care, construction and IT sectors. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Lack of migrant workers leaves Kentucky searching for new labor pool," 25 June 2018 During the school district’s presentation, Pope painted a picture of a successful program that delivered results, reducing the school-to-prison pipeline that had become a chronic problem in Broward County. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas commission wants more answers on controversial Promise program," 7 June 2018 Because society is motivated by fear instead of pride, Americans tolerate mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline—any amount of injustice, so long as crime statistics go down. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Does Honor Matter?," 3 June 2018 Embodiment Project: Fearless and forward-thinking, ODC resident artists Embodiment blend street dance, song and theater in a call to action about race, trauma and the school-to-prison pipeline. Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Claudia Bauer’s dance picks for June 3," 31 May 2018 The idea that there is a school-to-prison pipeline for young black boys, a phrase often used by reformers, is a bit shaky too. The Economist, "Tough love falls out of fashion in America’s schools," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pipeline

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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