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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Over 200 miles of the 700-mile pipeline are complete. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018 The companies pull fuel out of the pipeline and truck it to gas stations and other outlets. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 The iconic building was the final stop on just one artery of an illicit pipeline stretching all the way back to China. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fentanyl has taken over America's drug market. Where is it coming from?," 17 June 2018 But experts believe a shortage of pipelines will limit the amount of oil that companies can extract from the Permian basin of West Texas and New Mexico, the main source of new American production, until late 2019. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia Find Agreement on Oil Policy," 13 June 2018 There are an estimated 10,000 miles of pipeline and oil service canals in Louisiana. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Gas pipeline firms appeal federal judge's order to pay for canal erosion," 4 June 2018 Borusan Mannesmann has seen business surge amid the rush to build new pipelines and chemicals facilities throughout the state. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Baytown steel plant denied steel tariff exemption," 12 July 2018 Mr Trump has other grudges against Germany, from its trade surplus with America to its support for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will increase its dependence on Russian gas. The Economist, "Will Donald Trump be Triumphant, Tetchy or Torpedo?," 5 July 2018 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

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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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