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 On the menu today: inflation fears deflate stocks, from pipeline to railroad, China’s (latest) green-jobs threat, working from the office, and crime and the minimum wage. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Stocks Yield, Stonk Soars," 26 Feb. 2021 Steps away from the construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline in Cloquet, a handful of tents and lawn chairs surround a campfire. Matt Delong, Star Tribune, "TALKERS022321," 23 Feb. 2021 And there was a setback, as the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead for the Canadian Line 3 tar-sands pipeline crossing the state; campaigners led by indigenous activists blockaded that work last Friday. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Where We Stand on Climate," 11 Dec. 2020 Crews are emptying gas from a pipeline that needs to be welded and repaired. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Noticed shooting flames near Airline Drive in Metairie Wednesday? Don't panic, authorities say," 4 Nov. 2020 Much of that increase supports the first full year of delivery of water from the Vista Ridge pipeline. Liz Hardaway, ExpressNews.com, "More than 32,000 San Antonio area residents could have their water shut off if coronavirus moratorium weren’t in effect," 3 Nov. 2020 The company will foot the $500 million tab to complete the project, which will replace the current Line 5 pipeline that has been situated above the lake bed for the past 63 years. Bruce Walker, Washington Examiner, "Opponents claim discovery of ancient artifacts in Michigan should stall Line 5 progress," 23 Oct. 2020 From the Trans Mountain pipeline to Dakota Access, oil pipelines are often flashpoints of technological controversy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Tribal Map of America Shows Whose Land You're Actually Living On," 12 Oct. 2020 Enbridge officials have steadfastly maintained the pipes are safe, and are proposing a more than $300 million project to put a new Line 5 pipeline in a tunnel under the Straits bottom. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "State, Enbridge settle Line 5 pipeline injunction in Straits of Mackinac," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pipeline

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of pipeline was in 1856

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1 Mar 2021

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“Pipeline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipeline. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 system for developing and producing something


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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