tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp How to pronounce tailpipe (audio) \

Definition of tailpipe

: an outlet by which engine exhaust gases are expelled from a vehicle (such as an automobile or jet aircraft)

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The talks have been complicated by the fact that California sets the pace for nearly 35 percent of the nation's auto market, with tailpipe requirements followed by a dozen states and the District. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump officials prepare to undo fuel-efficiency targets despite some automakers’ misgivings," 30 Mar. 2018 The Trump administration is pushing to lower Barack Obama-era tailpipe requirements for cars and light trucks, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Trump nominee to head agency overseeing tailpipe rules won’t say whether humans cause climate change," 16 May 2018 Catalytic converters sit in the undercarriage of a car between the engine and the tailpipe, capturing toxic gases and particles. David Hodari, WSJ, "Thieves Mine Catalytic Converters for Metal More Valuable Than Gold," 10 Feb. 2019 Setting aside tailpipe bans, the problem is that automobiles were never designed to last the centuries. WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 Other styling changes include the appearance of a horizontal blade within the lower air intakes, slightly reworked taillamps, new chrome quad tailpipes, and a bolder-looking diffuser treatment below the bumper. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet," 29 Mar. 2018 But the situation is exacerbated in blue states, where power-sector emissions have plummeted and planet-warming tailpipe pollution remains stubbornly high. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States," 17 Apr. 2018 Under the Obama administration, the federal government toughened tailpipe pollution standards to match California’s. New York Times, "E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient," 29 Mar. 2018 Outside, a lower and wider grille and a tailpipe newly integrated into the rear differentiate this Legacy from the previous model. Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru Legacy," 29 Mar. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp How to pronounce tailpipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of tailpipe

: the pipe carrying off the exhaust gases from the muffler of an engine in a car or truck

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