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 In his new role, Mr. Kharchenko also worked with the Russians on trying to repair the gas pipeline and the electricity network, without success. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Conversely, the consequences of a poor business culture are a narrow pipeline of top talent and a lack of compliance with company guidelines, laws and regulations and social norms, which heighten overall business risk. Sean Thompson, Forbes, 5 May 2022 And Russian hackers last spring temporarily hobbled the operations of a critical American fuel pipeline and the world’s largest meat supplier, relenting only after collecting multimillion-dollar ransoms in cryptocurrency. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 There is already a pipeline and culture problem that predominantly assists white men. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2022 The initial round targeted a pair of Russian banks and five members of Russia's elite with ties to Putin, as well as the company building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and its corporate officers. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 24 Feb. 2022 This was no surprise to Urbina, who was a longtime creative executive before joining WarnerMedia as vice president of equity + inclusion, pipeline and content. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 16 Feb. 2022 Hungary receives 65% of its oil via the Druzhba pipeline from Russia. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 10 May 2022 OilX, which uses industry and satellite data to track oil production and flows, found that China's imports from Russia by pipeline and sea rose by just 175,000 barrels per day in April — an increase of about 11% over average volumes in 2021. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pipeline

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 May 2022

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“Pipeline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipeline. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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