tail·​pipe ˈtāl-ˌpīp How to pronounce tailpipe (audio)
: an outlet by which engine exhaust gases are expelled from a vehicle (such as an automobile or jet aircraft)

Examples of tailpipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One day, heavy transportation may shift to fuel cells that run on pure hydrogen and emit only water vapor from their tailpipes. Emily Wright, Washington Post, 27 June 2024 The Environmental Protection Agency issued tailpipe pollution standards in April designed to drive the share of electric vehicles up from 8% last year to as much as 56% by 2032. By Kevin Bessler | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 25 June 2024 There’s less noise, there’s less vibration, there’s less moving parts, less servicing costs for customers and zero tailpipe emissions. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 22 May 2024 The new fuel economy standards are expected to indirectly push new passenger vehicle sales to 50% electric by the early 2030s, while the EPA’s GHG emissions standards for light and heavy-duty vehicles will directly limit tailpipe emissions. Kumar Venkat, Sun Sentinel, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tailpipe 

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tailpipe was in 1922

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“Tailpipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailpipe. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tail pipe

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

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