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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Michigan’s Indian tribes are preparing to sue to decommission an oil pipeline. cleveland.com, "Ethanol stays king in Iowa as Texan presidential hopefuls lack a plan: The Flyover," 27 Aug. 2019 Offered at military bases as well as online to meet the flexible schedule needs of many female veterans, O2O provides an impactful employment pipeline to companies adept at military-civiilan cultural fit. CNN, "America has failed our female veterans. Here's how we can fix it," 24 Aug. 2019 The movie documents the story of Noah, an oil pipeline/rig worker, who falls for the enigmatic Ana, upon making his way back home to the Mississippi coastline. Perri Ormont Blumberg, PEOPLE.com, "Randy Houser Talks New Film Magnolia and How Wife Tatiana Is 'Killing the Mom Thing' with Baby Huckleberry," 22 Aug. 2019 Harris County is developing an 84-inch diversion pipeline in the Fall Creek subdivision. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble seeks input on $2 million flood mitigation project in Northshire subdivision," 9 Aug. 2019 Police were placed with unprecedented frequency in schools, creating an equally unprecedented pipeline to jails. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Boys Totem Town officially closed: An old facility falls to a new philosophy in treating young offenders," 4 Aug. 2019 In essence, Direct Shop should function like an invisible pipeline used to get product from the major label distributors and their labels to record shops and wholesalers around the country. Ed Christman, Billboard, "'An Endless Fiasco': Indie Retailers Describe Worsening Breakdown in Getting CDs, Vinyl Delivered to Record Stores," 16 July 2019 Altmaier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, stressed that Berlin wants to resolve its differences with the United States over plans for an undersea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "Germany, US seek to set aside spat over natural gas supplies," 12 Feb. 2019 They also could be placed along an oil pipeline to help better detect incoming trucks or footsteps for security reasons. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Chevron CIO Says Technology Triggers Faster Human Decisions," 29 Jan. 2019

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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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