pipeline

noun pipe·line \ ˈpīp-ˌlīn \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of pipeline

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

Examples of pipeline in a Sentence

  1. an equipment hauler serves as the columnist's pipeline for gossip about the rock band

  2. the battle was ultimately lost because the enemy had destroyed our pipeline for resupply

Recent Examples of pipeline from the Web

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First Known Use of pipeline

1856

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PIPELINE Defined for English Language Learners

pipeline

noun

Definition of pipeline for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PIPELINE Defined for Kids

pipeline

noun pipe·line \ ˈpīp-ˌlīn \

Definition of pipeline for Students

:a line of connected pipes with pumps and control devices for carrying liquids or gases over a long distance


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