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
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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There are a lot of Spider-Man movies, both in the past and coming down the pipeline, and this is the big-screen debut for Miles Morales. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directors on the film’s gorgeous style," 17 Dec. 2018 The region's Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, claimed responsibility. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Iran warns US, Israel of 'devastating' response after deadly parade attack, report says," 24 Sep. 2018 But the unmistakable conclusion about Trump’s week abroad is how the president has inserted himself in European domestic politics — first over that controversial German pipeline, and then his critical comments about May. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Worst fears realized in Trump's overseas trip — and it's not over yet," 13 July 2018 The Phillies have developed a bit of a pipeline with Dallas Baptist University, and the power-hitting duo of Darick Hall and Austin Listi has emerged as the most likely Patriots to graduate to the big leagues. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "For Phillies, PNC Park has been a torture chamber | Extra Innings," 6 July 2018 The malware authors also focused on intercepting industrial control system communications that control large-scale systems such as gas pipelines, power transmission and water distribution, which is another reason for the FBI to be concerned. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "Heed FBI's warning: Protect your router from hackers. Here's how," 11 June 2018 The reality is to fix these things to create a better pipeline, to fix your board. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Diversity in tech panel at Code 2018," 9 June 2018 The agreement will allow Nicor to replace eight miles of natural gas pipeline, a project that will affect slippershell mussels in Kane County’s Tyler Creek, according to a press release from the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Project works to boost number of mussels in Kane, McHenry counties," 2 May 2018 An oil pipeline runs under the Great Lakes, endangering that water supply. Sarah Kunst, Marie Claire, "Gretchen Whitmer Is Ready for the Top Job," 7 Nov. 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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