pipe·line | \ˈpīp-ˌlīn \

Definition of pipeline 

1a : a line of pipe with pumps, valves, and control devices for conveying liquids, gases, or finely divided solids

b : pipe sense 2b

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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While a pending pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to Germany is a source of genuine controversy within the alliance, Angela Merkel’s country relies on Russia for only 9 percent of its energy consumption. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Ends NATO Summit by Announcing a Diplomatic Breakthrough That Did Not Happen," 12 July 2018 His criticism was based on Germany’s deal to import natural gas from Russia via a new pipeline. New York Times, "Trump Presses NATO on Military Spending, but Signs Its Criticism of Russia," 11 July 2018 The sale gives Sumitomo direct access to the Southeast's booming apartment, office and hotel markets, along with a development pipeline that includes plans for thousands of new apartments and single-family lots. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte developer gears up for more growth with new Japanese ownership," 9 July 2018 Over the past two years, the NFL has made a commitment to creating a pipeline that hasn’t really existed before for women to be considered for jobs in football operations. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 Today’s Republican appointees, though, come up through a conservative legal pipeline that was in its infancy a few decades ago. The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018 This photo is from Grand Canyon National Park, where a pipeline broke and was spewing water à la Old Faithful. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Terrible State of Our National Parks—in Photos," 5 July 2018 Landlocked South Sudan’s oil, which Sudan exports via a pipeline and is crucial to both nations’ economies, was also mentioned in the agreement. Okech Francis, Bloomberg.com, "South Sudan’s Warring Sides Agree to Cease-Fire in New Peace Bid," 28 June 2018 Former Kissimmee Osceola defensive lineman Dion Bergan also signed with Wake in February, as the Demon Deacons have started a bit of a Central Florida pipeline. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Nona QB Michael Kern flips on Toledo, commits to Wake Forest," 25 June 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 pipeline : the system for developing and producing something


pipe·line | \ˈpīp-ˌlīn \

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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