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

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The Crown Point and Griffith have already had trees removed along pipelines that run through them. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "NIPSCO tree removal to monitor pipelines planned for Highland," 4 June 2019 The task force will soon break into four subcommittees that will examine four big subject areas: K-12 budgeting; the teacher pipeline; rural and underserved schools and school safety and facilities. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "Little’s K-12 task force has two big priorities: literacy and student life after high school," 4 June 2019 Current law prescribes a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for damaging or destroying an interstate pipeline. Stephen Cunningham, Fortune, "Pipeline Protesters Could Face 20-Year Prison Sentence Under Trump Plan," 4 June 2019 The company is currently on probation because of multiple felony convictions arising from the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "More PG&E leadership changes: Top gas executive is out," 4 June 2019 Its recent sabotage of commercial vessels in the United Arab Emirates and pipelines in Saudi Arabia continues a long pattern that began with the invasion of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Mohammed Alyahya, WSJ, "Iran Has Been at War for 40 Years," 27 May 2019 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, meanwhile, has called for a meeting of Arab heads of state on May 30 in Mecca to discuss the latest developments, including the oil pipeline attack. Fay Abuelgasim, The Seattle Times, "Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran," 20 May 2019 The Pac-12’s poor performance appears to be depleting its pipeline. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "The Pac-12 is at risk of losing its recruiting foothold on the West Coast, and Alabama smells blood," 7 Jan. 2019 They are joined by politicians working at the federal level to intimidate pipeline protestors. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 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 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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